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The latest on pro bono costs agreements which preserve the possibility of a costs order against the other side

March 8th, 2017 · No Comments

For far too long, the law was unclear about whether costs agreements which said ‘We’ll only charge you if you win and only for work in respect of which we get a costs order’ actually worked.  The problem was that losing parties invoked the indemnity principle in the law of costs, arguing that what was […]

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Tags: Costs agreements · Indemnity principle · No win no fee · Party party costs · Professional fees and disbursements

Too broad a range of estimates of total costs causes NSW solicitor great grief

November 30th, 2016 · No Comments

Frontier Law Group Pty Ltd v Barkman [2016] NSWSC 1542 is an ex tempore decision of Justice Slattery in an urgent application to extend the operation of a caveat lodged by solicitors over their client’s property.  The application failed in part because the solicitors did not prove, even to the prima facie level required in such […]

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Tags: Costs agreements · costs disclosure defaults · Professional fees and disbursements · Solicitor client bills of costs · The suit for fees

A little case about a barrister suing a solicitor for fees

July 14th, 2016 · No Comments

Barnet Jade has given us an admirably constructed decision of Assessor Olischlager, a no-doubt busy decision maker in the Small Claims Division of the Local Court in NSW.  Dupree v Russo [2016] NSWLC 8 was a barrister’s suit for fees against a solicitor.  Call me a dag, but it is always a pleasure to find diligent, […]

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Tags: Costs agreements · costs disclosure defaults · Legal Profession Act · Professional fees and disbursements · The suit for fees

When can lawyers contract out of taxation (part 3)

December 10th, 2015 · No Comments

This is part 3 of a post about the circumstances in which lawyers can avoid having their fees taxed.  Parts 1 and 2 are here and here.  In GLS v Goodman Group Pty Ltd [2015] VSC 627, Macaulay J held that an accord and satisfaction which was found to have been made in relation to fees […]

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Tags: Costs agreements · costs disclosure defaults · Professional fees and disbursements · Taxations · Uncategorized

When can lawyers contract out of taxation? (part 2)

December 9th, 2015 · No Comments

This is part 2 of a post about in what circumstances lawyers can avoid having their fees scrutinised by the Supreme Court by the process traditionally known as ‘taxation’, but more recently also described in statutes as ‘costs review’ and ‘costs assessment’.  Part 1 is here. First, a disclosure: I argued Beba at first instance, for […]

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Tags: Costs agreements · Legal Profession Act · Professional fees and disbursements · Taxations · Uncategorized

When can lawyers contract out of taxation? (part 1)

December 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Often enough, lawyers would love to avoid having their costs taxed.  Under the repealed but still operative Legal Profession Act 2004, lawyers could contract out in advance of the obligation to have their fees reviewed by taxation with ‘sophisticated clients’, but I do not recall ever having seen anyone attempt to do so. When lawyers […]

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Tags: Costs agreements · costs disclosure defaults · costs disputes · Legal Profession Act · Professional fees and disbursements · setting aside costs agreements · Taxations · The suit for fees

Transitional arrangements for costs provisions of Legal Profession Uniform Law

June 21st, 2015 · No Comments

Further update, 15 February 2017: The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner has formally advised me, and authorised me to tell you, that he will treat the transitional provisions as meaning that where the solicitor’s retainer is governed by the 2004 Act, so too will barristers’ retainers by the solicitor be governed by that Act, even if the […]

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Tags: Costs agreements · costs disclosure defaults · Professional fees and disbursements · Taxations

Client obtains Anton Piller order over solicitor’s hard disk in fees dispute

October 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Ho v Fordyce [2014] NSWSC 1404 is a decision in an ex parte application of which the solicitor had no notice and did not participate. There is a dispute between solicitor and client in relation to fees.  The client contended that costs agreements relied on by the solicitor were ‘a recent invention’.  Given that the client asserts […]

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Tags: Alleging fraud & misconduct · Costs agreements · duty to court · litigation ethics · Professional fees and disbursements · The suit for fees

What does an indemnity costs order actually get you?

October 7th, 2014 · No Comments

On 3 October 2014, Besanko J decided in Bob Jane Corporation Pty Ltd v ACN 149 801 141 Pty Ltd [2014] FCA 1066 that an order of a fellow judge that one party pay the other’s costs on an indemnity basis, which did not specify that the costs were to be assessed by reference to the […]

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Tags: Costs agreements · Party party costs · Professional fees and disbursements

What orders ought follow the setting aside of a costs agreement?

October 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

BGM v Australian Lawyers Group Pty Ltd [2014] WASC 290 (S) is a decision confined to questions about what ought to follow from a Court coming to a view that a costs agreement ought to be set aside.  Three matters are of interest: 1.  The Court took the view that it followed as a matter […]

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Tags: Costs agreements · Professional fees and disbursements · setting aside costs agreements