Our Fee Policies

We recognise that legal costs, particularly in litigation can be significant and, in some cases, prevent access to justice.  As a firm one of our core commitments is to make high quality legal services available to individuals with meritorious claims on reasonable and accessible terms.

In some matter types, including asbestos claims and sex abuse claims we operate on a “no win-no fee basis” and seek only to recover our costs in the event of a successful claim.  In other types of matters we will seek only to be paid at the conclusion of the claim, or will operate on a partly no win, no fee basis.  We invite all clients and prospective clients to have a straightforward, and honest conversation with us about legal fees.

Prior to commencing any action on your behalf we will provide detailed and clear advice as to the merits of your claim as well as a written costs disclosure setting out the likely costs of each stage of the litigation process.

We have developed a fee policy in respect of each of our core practice areas.

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Fee policy in asbestos diseases matters
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Fee policy in small business & independent contractor matters
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Fee Policy in employment matters
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Fee policy in insurance & superannuation matters
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Fee policy in estates and probate matters
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Fee policy in abuse matters
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Faq’s

Asbestos and dust disease claims

We act on a “no win-no fee basis” in all asbestos and silica claims. Unless you receive compensation you will not be charged for our legal work or any disbursements incurred on your behalf. We will recover our costs at the completion of your claim.

If you are successful in your claim, the defendant will pay your costs on a party/party basis which generally covers between 70-80% of your costs.

If you are not successful in your claim. you will not be charged for our costs and disbursements but you will likely be ordered to pay the defendant’s costs and disbursements.

Prior to obtaining your instructions to commence proceedings on your behalf we will provide clear advice as to the merits of your claim.

Employment law matters

In most employment law matters we act on a fee paying basis. We are however willing to discuss alternative arrangements depending on the circumstances and merits of your claim.

Our fees are based on the time spent on your matter. In general, our fees until the completion of conciliation are $2,500 to $3,000 with further costs payable to conduct a matter to final hearing.

In most employment law matters, unless a party behaves unreasonably, there is no scope to have costs paid by the other side even if you are successful in your claim.

Prior to commencing action on your behalf we will provide you with a detailed costs disclosure setting out our estimate of the likely costs at each stage of the process.

Family Provisions Claims

We act on a “no win-no fee” basis in family provisions claims. Unless you receive compensation you will not be charged for our legal work or any disbursements incurred on your behalf. We will recover our costs at the completion of your claim.

If you are successful in your claim, the defendant will pay your costs on a party/party basis which generally covers between 70-80% of your costs.

If you are not successful in your claim, you will not be charged for our costs and disbursements but you will likely be ordered to pay the defendant’s costs and disbursements.

If you are an executor defending a family provisions claim, you are entitled to be indemnified by the estate in relation to the costs of the claim.

Prior to obtaining your instructions to commence proceedings on your behalf we will provide clear advice as to the merits of your claim.

Royal Commissions and other Commissions of Inquiry

We act on a fee paying basis for appearances and advice at Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry however, if you are entitled to legal aid, we will make an application on your behalf and we will not charge you more than you recover from Legal Aid.

Institutional abuse claims

We act on a “no win-no fee basis” in all institutional abuse claims. Unless you receive compensation you will not be charged for our legal work or any disbursements incurred on your behalf. We will recover our costs at the completion of your claim.

If you are successful in your claim, the defendant will pay your costs on a party/party basis which generally covers between 70-80% of your costs.

If you are not successful in your claim, you will not be charged for our costs and disbursements but you will likely be ordered to pay the defendant’s costs and disbursements.

Prior to obtaining your instructions to commence proceedings on your behalf we will provide clear advice as to the merits of your claim.

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