Quick Summary

We have a range of pricing models and we do selected pro bono work and are happy to tailor our pricing models for your specific requirements. We also have arrangements for payments by instalments when appropriate or no win no fee in certain circumstances.

Under the Legal Profession Act 2004, solicitors are entitled to charge fees which are fair and reasonable. Some areas of the law are regulated by fee scales, for example, grant of probate and some workers compensation claims. In most areas of the law, costs may be calculated in any of the following ways:

  • a fixed amount
  • an hourly rate
  • an hourly rate with a ceiling on the maximum amount
  • no win, no pay
  • a method of charging as negotiated to suit the circumstances.

In addition to our fees, we will charge you for expenses incurred on your behalf, for example, barrister's fees or court fees.

No Win No Pay

Not the same as pay later
or deferred fees

Traps and benefits explained

Not what it seems

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What Is 'No Win, No Pay'?

This is an agreement, where you pay us only if there is a successful outcome, and this is called a 'Conditional Costs Agreement'.

Traps of what is a "successful outcome" in no win no pay

This written agreement will typically define what a successful outcome is. This is where the "traps" are. If the lawyer believes that the outcome is reasonable then that is what may be considered a successful outcome. If you thought, you would get $1 million in damage but the lawyers reasonable view is that $100,000 is reasonable- then if you do not accept this your no win no fee arrangements is at an end. The lawyer will take their fees out of the $100,000 and you may be left with a much smaller damages sum than you first expected.

We do not and cannot charge on a 'no win, no pay' basis in criminal or family law cases. It is not allowed.

A Conditional Costs Agreement may also require you to pay, if your case is successful, an additional amount of costs. This extra amount can be up to 25% of the costs, but cannot be a proportion of, or vary according to, the amount recovered.

The agreement may exclude disbursements and out-of-pocket expenses which you may have to pay regardless of the outcome of the case.

NB: If you lose your case under a Conditional Costs Agreement you may have to pay the costs of the other party or parties to the proceedings. These are called party-party costs. These are some the factors that a lawyer takes into account when determining what is a successful outcome.

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We routinely provide

fixed fee estimates

Or negotiate with us a cap on our fees!

Fixed And Capped Fees

We will quote and adhere to a fixed fee for any transaction, litigation or other piece of legal work at your request. However, as a matter progresses the game plan usually does change. New evidence is discovered or the opponent requests or takes another angle. When we will vary estimate depends on a number of factors and these are listed in your retainer agreement with us.

Alternatively, we will quote a capped fee which we will not exceed or we can charge you the lower of the per hour rate or cap.

Retainers - Monthly Or Quarterly

A fixed periodic fee (usually monthly) under either a global retainer covering all your legal work or a specific retainer covering identified of the work.

Litigation in the retainer may be included on a case by case basis.

The retainer fee has no carve-outs or exclusions. It is calculated to equate to the average value of the work over a long period, so as to smooth out the peaks and troughs and give you budgeting certainty.

The retainer fee is reviewed regularly to ensure that it is pitched at a fair level in relation to the volume or work

Our Per Hour
Fee Structure

Our per hour rates de mystified

Compare what the typical rates are in the industry

Beware of the "hidden traps" in looking at the hourly rate alone

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INDICATIVE P.H. RATES ($AUD- TO 1.1.19)EXCL GST

  • Lawyer
    FAMILY LAW
    PREMIUM LEGAL
    SPECIALISED DOMESTIC
    SPECIALISED INTERNATIONAL
  • Partner- General Counsel
    $ 400- $450
    $ 400- $450
    $ 700
    $ 900 plus
  • Senior Lawyer
    $ 325
    $ 400
    $ 500
    $ 600
  • Associate- experienced
    $ 300
    $ 350
    $ 400
    $ 400
  • Junior Lawyer/Associate
    $ 200
    $ 250
    $ 250
    $ 300
  • Para-legal
    $ 150
    $ 175
    $ 200
    $ 200
  • Law clerk
    $ 100
    $ 100
    $ 150
    $ 150
  • Secretarial
    $ 50
    $ 75
    $ 100
    $ 100

What Our Competitors Charge

A basic guide, in Sydney for a medium to small firm is below (2017 figures - exclude GST):

  • Lawyer
    SUBURBAN
    CITY
    INTERNATIONAL
    SPECIALIST
  • Partner
    $350-450
    $600-700
    $ 800-900
    $ 1000+
  • Senior Solicitor/Associate
    $ 300-350
    $ 500
    $ 600
    $ 800
  • Associate
    $ 250-300
    $ 300-400
    $ 500
    $ 600+
  • Junior Lawyer/Associate
    $ 200
    $ 300
    $ 300
    $ 400
  • Para-legal
    $ 150-200
    $ 200-250
    $ 200-300
    $ 400+
  • Law clerke
    $ 100-120
    $ 150
    $ 180-200
    $ 200+
  • Secretarial
    $ 100
    $ 150
    $ 150
    $ 150+
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Litigation And

Complex Matters

Alternatives to time costing

Talk to us to develop a fee model that works for you and allows you access to have your case be heard!

Litigation retainer

We can charge a fixed monthly retainer during the preparation phase of the litigation (i.e. up to but not including the hearing). This is calculated by working out the likely total costs and spreading that out over the period that we estimate it is likely to take before the hearing occurs. You will not be charged at all during those months where nothing occurs (ie awaiting a trail date).

We then charge a separate fixed fee per day during the hearing itself. We do this because the work involved during a hearing is substantially greater and more intensely concentrated than during the preparation phase; and because most cases actually settle before they go to hearing. This way, we protect you from paying for the most expensive aspect (the hearing) if we help you to achieve an earlier settlement.

Fixed fee litigation

We charge a fixed fee for the litigation matter, which is payable regardless of the outcome. This may be attractive in cases where there is a high likelihood that the other side will definitely proceed to a hearing. This provides certainty as to cost

Event costed-stage by stage litigation

We will charge fixed fees for specified stages of the litigation matter as it progresses (eg preparing pleadings, discovery, evidence, hearing).

No win - no pay

Up to 25% as per the above in non-criminal non family law situations.

Litigation funding

Talk to Us About Class Actions and Litigation funders!

We would be pleased to introduce you to funders and discuss the alternatives with you

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