Legal Services can be expensive, particularly in contentious litigation.
We strive to achieve results for you in the most expedient cost effective manner. Most of our matters,
with our careful guidance, settle (around 95%). However, we ensure your best possible case is presented in a
litigated matter from the start as preparation encourages settlement and wins cases if the matter proceeds to Hearing.
Litigation – Court work
Comparing hourly rates for lawyers is like comparing apples with oranges. What one experienced lawyer may do in an hour may take another
much more time. You should be more concerned with the range estimates which a lawyer provides as that is a better indicator of costs in litigation.
Listen carefully to the strategy and solutions a lawyer provides at your conference and judge the real value in the people you are engaging.
If a case is conducted properly the rewards should outweight the fees and, indeed, fees may be recoverable from costs orders (even in criminal matters)
if the matter is conducted properly (depending on the circumstances of each case). Also see if your lawyer will appear for you or want to “Brief” the
matter. Often Briefing a matter is almost like jumping into a Cab only to find that the Cab driver rings someone else to drive the Car. If that
happened in a Cab you would be alarmed, yet this often happens in legal matters.
We charge different rates for our Principal to that or our other solicitors. We do not hide our fees or “buy your work” with “cheap” rates.
We are up front. Our fees are not cheap.
Our Principal is charged at $660 per hour / $3,800 per half day and $4,800 per day (including GST). While those rates are not the “cheapest”
our Principal has appeared as advocate for decades in Courts of Record including the Supreme Courts throughout Australia and the High Court of
Australia as a Trial Advocate in contested complex matters.
Our Associates work with our Senior Associates as often the “backbone” to preparation and appearance work in your matter. They provide key day to day
litigation and legal support in matters. Our Associates are charged at $380 per hour / $1,800 per half day / $2,800 per full day (Including GST).
These lawyers all have advocacy experience including defended hearings and appearances on appeal in Superior Courts of Record, so while they are
billed at a lower rate they are often more experienced and knowledgable than many Junior Lawyers around town who simply brief appearances. These
Associates not only can “talk the talk” but they also can and do “walk the walk” when it comes to litigation.
Even in criminal matters we always seek costs when they are available and we have a solid strike rate on those applications.
In simple terms we sell our time and expertise. We value our time and expertise and charge for it in working to achieve excellent
outcomes for clients. That is why around 90% of our client base is referral.
“Cheap” approaches to litigation, also often do not encourage early settlement. We work extremely hard to save you cost by early settled
outcomes. Any lawyer, working hard for you and adopting a proper approach will be seeking to avoid a litigated outcome and we work tirelessly
to do so. However, we approach all cases with an aggressive “win” strategy which often encourages a settlement and if not settled a win.
However, we are always willing to disuss capped and flat fee arrangements and carry costs of proceedings in certain matters. Again, be
careful o fcomparing other “flat fee” costs quotes because you generally get exactly what you pay for and sometimes, sadly, less than you pay
for. You want a result focus on litigation and not a cost only focus as often the two approaches do not co-exist.
Don’t be fooled by comparing apples with oranges with legal fees, come and speak to us (no charge) and determine for yourself
the difference. If you are not convinced we are all we say we are, then there is no cost to you for that time. We are sure you will
determine the value we bring to your matter with knowledge, expertise and sheer enthusiasm in representing clients from the first time we
Wills – Powers of Attorney – Transactional
We charge flat fees, in most cases for Wills, Powers of Attorney and other similar matters.
However, it is not our cost effective fees which set us apart, its our comprehensive understanding of what can go wrong if documents are
not properly considered and drafted and knowing how to avoid that.
We have a Licenced Conveyancer on board. Accordingly, we are very competitive with the market on conveyancing. Our flat professional
fee is $990. That is in line with other conveyancers.
The difference with our practice is that it is a fully functional litigation practice. Unlike a conveyancing practice where when
the going gets tought and a difficult matter arises you find yourself being referred elsewhere we deal with difficult matters
(including matters that require litigation) and work hard to prevent problems.
Migration – Applications and Appeals
We charge flat fees, in most cases for Migration matters.
Be careful in comparing fees in migration matters. All of our Migration work is performed by experienced litigation lawyers
who hold MARA registration. We take a very comprehensive and considered appraoch to applications.
We aim to be cost effective, but most importantly we aim to provide the best possible case for you migration
application from direct applications through to appeals in the MRT, RRT, Federal Court, AAT, and High Court of Australia.
IAll Rates are exclusive of GST. GST is charged in addition to
the above fees.