Lawyers are expensive. We know this. What we aim to do is make sure that you get VALUE for your money.
Legal fees are calculated using an hourly rate.
Depending on the experience of the solicitor acting for you, that hourly rate ranges from $300.00 to $450.00 per hour.
Sometimes we are able to work out a fixed fee and cap our fees at each “stage” of a case.
We will talk openly with you about costs, keep you informed and ensure there are no surprises.
When you come to your first meeting it’s always a good idea to bring a list of questions you would like answered. Feel free to bring your partner or a friend who is going to listen carefully and be supportive of you.
Oh and we love documents. If you could bring every bit of paper that tells us something about your situation we can get a good idea quicker.
If you have been served with a Court document you need to send us a copy straight away so that you don’t miss the important dates for filing a Defence or attending Court.
We will then arrange for you to come in and see us as soon as possible.
Feel free to check out our Shenangigan video on responding to legal proceedings here.
If you have a claim against another person and you have not been able to successfully resolve it, you may need to go to the Court to ask for a solution.
As the Plaintiff, you will file an originating application with the Court and pay a filing fee.
The Court will stamp your documents and return them to you for “service” of the defendant.
If the defendant files a Defence within 28 days of service, the matter will be listed for a directions hearing. Directions hearings are the Courts way of managing the case by requiring parties to do things (orders of the Court) and explain why if they have not complied with orders.
Once a case goes to direction hearings, you cannot simply pull out of a case. You must get permission from the other party to discontinue a matter and you may have to pay their legal costs.
All cases involve evidence, that is document, expert reports and affidavits of what people saw, heard and did.
The Magistrate, Judge or Judge and Jury will make determinations on the evidence, submissions by lawyers on the law and decided whether you have proved your case.
Legal costs usually follow the event, so if you win you get a good part of your legal costs paid, unless you have refused a reasonable offer by the other side to compromise the matter earlier.
Feel free to check out our Shenangigan video on commencing legal proceedings here.
The length of legal proceedings depends on a number of things, including the complexity of the evidence and law.
As a ball park estimate, Local Court proceedings can be 6 – 18 months, District and Federal Court proceedings can be anywhere between 12 months to three or four years, but usually around 18 months.
Commencing legal proceedings is, unfortunately, sometimes the only way to force another party to do the right thing. Most legal proceedings settle between the parties once the facts and law become clear.
Our strategy is to make those facts and law clear as early as possible to keep legal costs for both parties down.
We have broad shoulders, so if you are not happy about something, we want you to tell us straight away and we will fix it.
If we ever make a mistake, we will own it and we will work doubly hard to resolve it and cement your trust in us. We are invested in our clients and their businesses and we want to be the guy you rely on beyond this case, this week or this year.
We will keep in touch by whatever medium you tell us suits you best. If you find it impossible to talk before 6pm then we will talk to you at a time that suits. If you prefer email, then we will email.
We will drop you a line, text or email whenever anything happens in your case or if we haven’t talked to you in a while but we won’t contact you just so that we can charge you for the pleasure of hearing our voices.
The most important message we can give is that it is YOUR case and YOUR decision at every turn.