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Applicant brings case beyond jurisdiction; respondent doesn’t take the point until the last minute; no one gets costs

May 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Jasmin Solar Pty Ltd v Fitzpatrick Legal Pty Ltd [2017] VSC 220 is a little case, but it is instructive about a number of things: solicitor-client taxations can take an awfully long time; some businesses probably don’t understand that they are ‘commercial clients’ and so fail to negotiate rights in lieu of the rights to seek […]

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Tags: Costs agreements · costs disclosure defaults · Legal Profession Uniform Law · Professional fees and disbursements · Taxations

Legal Services Commissioner’s new decision making powers

October 11th, 2016 · No Comments

The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner has published a report on his new proactive regulation of the profession.  It tells how risk profiles of practices are being constructed with the assistance of academics to target trust audits and audits of firms more generally (a new thing for law practices which are not ILPs).  It also tells […]

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Tags: costs disputes · Discipline · Legal Profession Uniform Law · Legal Services Commissioner · National Profession Uniform Law · Professional fees and disbursements · Taxations

Third party payer taxations where client bankrupt: WASCA

October 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

In Iron Mountain Mining Ltd v K & L Gates [2016] WASCA 166, the appellant, a listed company, had indemnified one of its directors against the legal costs of lawyers defending the director in criminal charges.  Companies can do this on the basis that the director must repay the costs if he pleads or is found guilty, […]

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Tags: Professional fees and disbursements · Solicitor client bills of costs · Taxations

Yet more on the obligation on Legal Services Commissioners to plead their case properly and stick to it

August 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Legal Services Commissioner v AL [2016] QCAT 237 is a decision of a disciplinary tribunal presided over by Justice David Thomas, President of QCAT and a Supreme Court judge. It is therefore of high persuasive value, and treats Queensland provisions which are the same as the equivalent Victorian provisions. And it provides what I suggest with […]

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Tags: Alleging fraud & misconduct · Briginshaw · Discipline · Dishonesty · Evidence · fraud · gross overcharging · jurisdiction · litigation ethics · natural justice · negligence as disciplinary breach · procedure · Professional fees and disbursements · prosecutorial failures · prosecutors' duties · Taxations · Unsatisfactory conduct · Wasted costs

Advocates’ immunity: at once more powerful and narrower than most yet understand

June 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

Advocates’ immunity was, until recently, more powerful than many lawyers were aware. Since the 1 July 2015 introduction of the Legal Profession Uniform Law and the High Court’s May 2016 decision in Attwells v Jackson Lallic Lawyers Pty Limited,[1] however, it may be narrower than many realise. And perhaps not everyone is aware that the […]

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Tags: Advocates' Immunity · Barristers' immunity · Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic) · Costs Court · Discipline · Insurance · Legal Profession Uniform Law · Legal Services Commissioner · National Profession Uniform Law · negligence as disciplinary breach · Professional fees and disbursements · Taxations · The suit for fees · Wasted costs

Applications to extend time to tax lawyers’ bills: keep ’em tight

June 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Many disputes about costs are still governed by the Legal Profession Act 2004.  It specified as the time in which to seek taxation a period of 12 months.  Where a bill is given, the 12 month period starts from the date of service of the bill.  But since Collection Point Pty Ltd v Cornwalls Lawyers […]

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Tags: Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic) · Costs Court · Legal Profession Act · Professional fees and disbursements · Taxations

Man fails to set aside compromise of taxation of costs despite drunkenness from excema tablets

March 11th, 2016 · No Comments

A man took 5 times his usual dose of phenergan for his excema before a mediation in a Costs Court matter in which he sought to tax his former solicitor’s fees.  Represented by a solicitor, he settled the taxation.  It is an interesting footnote that the man’s solicitor was from the rather wonderfully named Coolabah […]

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Tags: Costs Court · Professional fees and disbursements · Taxations

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