Fee Policy & Disclaimer
We charge legal costs (including professional fees, charges,
expenses and disbursements) on one of two bases, namely:
- on a fixed fee basis, which is advised to you and
agreed in advance. We adopt this basis for property
transactions, short advices and other work where it is
possible to estimate the work required to be done and
its cost with reasonable certainty;
- on an hourly rate basis, with a range of estimates
as to likely fees. We adopt this basis for litigation
work and general commercial work and other work where it
is not possible to accurately estimate the cost of the
work to be done.
In respect of payment, we can choose to:
- request the payment in advance of an estimated
amount or an agreed amount of the fees and disbursements
- bill regularly the fees and disbursements payable
- bill on completion of the matter the fees and
Once the parameters of the work required are known, we
will issue a Costs Disclosure Agreement which contains an
outline of the work to be done and the anticipated cost or
costs in carrying out the work. A Costs Disclosure Agreement
will not be issued where the work to be done is less than
$750, or where the fees and disbursements to be charged are
covered by an extension of an existing Costs Disclosure
The articles in this website provide a summary of the law.
They do not cover the whole of the relevant law on their
Moreover, because legal language is avoided wherever
possible, there may be some generalisations about the
application of the law. Some provisions of the law referred
to have exceptions or important qualifications. In most
cases, your particular circumstances need to be taken into
account when determining how the law applies to you.
For these reasons, the articles are not a substitute for
professional advice. Nor can we accept any responsibility
for any actions you may take or not take, after having read
Liability is limited by the Solicitors Scheme, approved
under the Professional Standards Act 1994 (NSW).
The material in this newsletter is © Copyright. Anthony J.
Cordato. Sydney 2007. A licence to use the material will be
granted, on application, free of charge, where the material
is to be used for self education or for non-profit purposes
and an appropriate acknowledgement is made of the source of
the material and the copyright. Permission may also be
granted for commercial use of the material, on terms, on
application. In all cases, unless permission is given, the
reproduction of the material by written, electronic or other
form is prohibited.
The pen and ink illustrations are by Yolande Bull, and are
published with the kind permission of Lexis Nexis.
Anthony J. Cordato