Professional Fees

Subject to the nature of the work, we charge for our services as follows:

  • Fixed fees;
  • Hourly rate;
  • Legal Aid;
  • No win, no fee; or
  • Scales of costs;

Fixed fees

In relation to certain areas of law we offer fixed fees up to completion of a matter which gives you certainty about how much our services will cost you.

Hourly rate

For certain types of work, including where there is no applicable scale of costs, we charge on the basis of time spent on a matter by reference to an hourly rate. Our charges are determined by hourly rates charged in 6 minute units. For example, the time charged for an attendance of up to 6 minutes will be 6 minutes and the time charged for an attendance between 6 and 12 minutes will be 12 minutes.

Our lawyers record the time they spend when they work on your matter and each lawyer has an hourly charge rate that reflects that lawyer's skills and experience.

Legal Aid

Where clients are eligible for Legal Aid we will apply for the appropriate grant of aid to assist them. We are currently a member of the VLA Indictable Crime Panel and Summary Crime Panel.

Scales of costs

Scales of costs are established under legislation and supervised by the courts. Most Victorian and Federal Courts have their own scale of costs.

Scales of costs prescribe costs based upon the time our staff spend with you or others, the particular service performed (for example, preparing a document) and the skill required in conducting your matter.

No win, no fee

Where appropriate and we believe your case is reasonably likely to be successful, we are prepared to act on a "no win, no fee basis". This means that the payment of some or all of our professional fees are contingent upon the successful outcome of the matter. Generally disbursements need to be paid whether you win or lose.

Disbursements

In providing legal services to you, it may also be necessary to incur other fees, expenses and charges including filing fees, registration fees, barrister's and expert fees, bank charges, travel expenses, courier fees, telephone calls, photocopying fees, company searches, title searches and other search fees. We will charge you at cost for any disbursements we incur on your behalf.

If you wish to obtain an estimate of costs and disbursements for a particular matter, please contact our office.