We generally charge on the based on the time we spend working on your file at the various hourly charge out rates of our staff. We offer a fixed fee rate on some of the work that we do, however because of the nature of dispute work and the fact that what we are required to do is often influenced by the way the other parties involved in the dispute behave, that is not always possible.
We take a very commercial approach to all matters that we are involved in, and work with clients to achieve positive outcomes within an agreed budget where we are able to.
Once we have spoken with you and understand what we are going to be doing for you, we will provide an estimate of our fees for the work you are instructing us to undertake on your behalf. In certain circumstances, for example when the work is required to be done urgently, we are unable to provide you with an estimate given the nature of the urgent work required to be undertaken, however we will endeavour to provide our estimate as soon as practicable after it is apparent to us what our fees may be.
Not necessarily. They may a cheaper charge out rate than our team, however they may have less specialised experience than our team does. This may mean that although the charge out rates are cheaper, they ultimately spend more time on your matter and charge more for doing the same work. It also may be the case that a team with a lower charge out rates is less likely to have the skill and expertise required to conduct your matter, so not only are you spending more money, but the outcome is less assured.
This depends on the nature of the dispute you are involved in. In certain circumstances you may have a contractual right to recover the costs that you have incurred in taking certain actions against another party.
If you commence court proceedings against another party you may be entitled to recover your costs if you are successful in those proceedings. The general rule is that the party who is successful in the litigation is entitled to be paid their costs. This usually results in a successful party recovering between 60% and 70% of the fees and expenses they incur from the other side.
There are certain circumstances in which a party is entitled to an order which sees that party recover closer to 90% of the actual fees and expenses they incur.
We take a strategic approach to resolving your dispute and part of the strategy we employ taking this approach is advising you to ensure you are in the best position possible to obtain favourable costs orders.
There are certain types of disputes in which we are able to act on a no win no fee basis. If you would like us to consider acting on your behalf on a no win no fee basis, please contact us so that we can discuss the nature of the dispute and whether we would be prepared to act on a no win no fee basis for you.