This page sets out information about:
- Client Reviews
- Terms of Engagement
- Further Information and Costs Disclosure
Please contact us if you would like clarification or if you require further information.
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Terms of Engagement
Our terms of engagement are as follows:
- You engage us to undertake all work associated with your matter and you authorise us to incur expense and engage our staff and external barristers and consultants as necessary.
- Apart from specific work where we have quoted you a fixed fee, for all other work we charge a fee calculated on a time basis in 6 minute units at the applicable rate. Unless otherwise quoted our rate is $450 per hour. All rates quoted are exclusive of GST. In addition to our fee we will charge you for our expenses and GST.
- By signing our Legal Services Agreement you agree on behalf of the nominated client and personally as guarantor to pay our fees, expenses and GST within 14 days. We invoice at the end of each month unless otherwise agreed.
- If you do not pay within 14 days, in addition to our other rights, you agree that we can stop work or cease to act and you agree to pay all of our recovery costs (including for our time) and interest on the unpaid amount at the rate of 12% per annum. Until you pay us, we retain a lien over your file and documents.
- You agree to pay money into our trust account for anticipated legal and other costs, as we require. You authorise us to pay from trust such amounts as we advise by invoice or otherwise.
- Any costs received from other parties in litigious matters are unlikely to cover your actual legal costs in full as we charge above court scale and not all items of work are recoverable. If you lose a litigious matter you may have to pay the other sides costs. For more information see the Further Information and Costs Disclosure below.
- Either party may terminate the engagement at any time by written notice to the other.
Further Information and Costs Disclosure
Our rates of charge for time spent are different from the rates set out in the scales of fees published by the Supreme Court. Although time charging is common there may be other legal practitioners who would be prepared to act for you and charge according to the scale. Depending of the type of work our rates may result in a higher or lower charge than if the Court Scale of Fees were used.
Any estimate of costs that we provide to you from time to time only refers to the costs we charge you. In addition, the Court may order you to pay other moneys, including some or all of the costs of other parties.
Your costs with us are payable by you according to our payment terms whether or not you may, if successful in your action, have rights to recover some of your costs from another party or parties.
The scale of fees which applies in the Court in which your action will run will usually determine what can be recovered from the other party if you are successful.
It is a term of this engagement that you, as client, are aware and acknowledge that you have been advised by us that even if you are successful in obtaining an order for costs payable by other parties in the litigation, such an order will not necessarily cover the whole of your legal costs. It is likely to be for an amount substantially less than the costs payable under these terms (in our experience it is likely to be no more than 50% to 75% of your costs due to us). You will have to meet the difference in these costs from your own pocket. It is only in the most exceptional circumstances that a court would order the losing party to pay all of the costs which we have charged you.
If you are unsuccessful you may be liable to pay the costs of other parties to the litigation in addition to our costs. As we are not aware of the extent of the legal work which may be performed for the other side, it is difficult to be precise as to what the amount of such costs might be. We would estimate these may be between 50% to 75% of the amount of your own legal costs.
Legal Costs – Your Right to Know
You have the right to:
- negotiate a costs agreement with us;
- receive a bill of costs from us;
- be notified of any substantial change to a matter previously disclosed;
- request an itemised bill of costs after you receive a lump sum bill from us;
- request written reports about the progress of your matter and the costs incurred in your matter;
- apply for costs to be adjudicated within 6 months if you are unhappy with our costs;
- apply for the costs agreement to be set aside;
- make a complaint to the Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner (if you believe there has been overcharging);
- accept or reject any offer we make for an interstate costs law to apply to your matter; and
- notify us that you require an interstate costs law to apply to your matter.
For more information about your rights, please read the fact sheet titled Legal Costs – Your Right to Know. You can ask us for a copy, or obtain it from the Law Society of South Australia (or download it from their website at www.lawsocietysa.asn.au).
Your rights in relation to legal costs
The following avenues are available to you if you are not happy with a bill from us:
- requesting an itemised bill;
- discussing your concerns with us;
- having our costs adjudicated;
- applying to set aside our cost agreement; or
- making a complaint to the Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner (if you believe there has been overcharging).
There may be other avenues available in your State or Territory (such as mediation).
For more information about your rights, please read the fact sheet titled Your right to challenge legal costs. You can ask us for a copy, or obtain it from the Law Society of South Australia (or download it from their website at www.lawsocietysa.asn.au).
Accounting and financial advice
We are not qualified to give accounting, taxation or other financial advice and we do not purport to do so. If you have any concerns of an accounting, taxation or financial nature you should seek independent accounting or financial advice. If you do not have your own adviser we can give you several recommendations of good accountants and/or qualified financial planners.
We are obliged to keep our files for 7 years from the date that we close the file. After that it is likely that we will destroy the file. If you do not want your file destroyed you should collect it from us.
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- Generally speaking the information provided is relevant only to South Australia;
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