How We Charge

E&A services during COVID-19: It's (almost) business as usual with ongoing services being delivery remotely. Read more here

We believe it’s important for you and for us that we are open and transparent about how we charge you for the work we do. We will answer any queries you have about costs and we can provide you with our rates and terms in advance of working with you.

Our Client Service Agreement

By law, we must provide you with a “costs agreement”. We think that terminology is too limiting as we want to be sure that you also understand the services we will provide you and not just what it will cost.

Our agreement will provide you with:

  • an outline of the work we understand that you have asked us to do;
  • our obligations to you and yours to us;
  • an explanation as to how our fees will be calculated
  • an estimate of the fees and other expenses; and
  • the details of our billing arrangement.

We may not be able to provide our agreement in a timely manner where your matter is urgent and there are some instances where costs are unlikely to exceed a certain amount, in which case an agreement is not required.

How are fees and expenses calculated?

In certain areas of work, we are able to provide our services on a fixed fee basis. In other areas, although we may be able to provide an estimate, our fees will be calculated on a time costed basis.

Our Client Service Agreement will also give you an estimate of expenses that may be incurred.

Providing funds upfront

It is our policy to require that funds be paid into our trust account prior to any substantial legal work being undertaken.

Need to discuss your Client Service Agreement?

We have a commitment to deliver exceptional legal services in an open and transparent manner. If you have a query (including any concerns) about your Client Service Agreement, you should speak with your lawyer who will be more than happy to clarify any sections of the agreement.

Latest Blogs

NSW commercial lease regulations during COVID-19

NSW regulations for commercial leases during COVID-19. Landlord and tenant obligations and rights.

We previously wrote about commercial leases and the Federal Government Code of Conduct, back in April 2020. Since that time, the NSW State Government has passed its legislation which supports the code for NSW lease transactions.
Read more
Is stamp duty getting abolished in NSW?

Is land tax to replace stamp duty in NSW?

It is very interesting to hear that the New South Wales State government is considering the abolition of stamp duty. What might this look like and will it actually happen?
Read more
What’s the difference between a gift and a loan?

The difference between a loan and a gift to family members

We have seen an increasing interest of late in parents considering providing money to their kids.  One of the most common reasons is to help with the purchase of their first home. But is that money a gift? Or is that money a loan that needs to be repaid?
Read more
Electronic funds transfers and fraud

Electronic Funds Transfer warning - everything is not always as it seems

A recent (2020) New South Wales Supreme Court decision in Deligiannidou v Sundarjee [2020] NSWSC 437 is a cautionary tale for anyone sending money electronically, particularly large sums of money in property transactions.
Read more