Fees & Billing
Our fees are structured to provide you with high quality legal service at the lowest possible cost. Our philosophy is to keep private legal representation affordable.
In general, we bill you for the time spent on your case; for some cases, we are able to offer a flat fee payment. At the end of your initial consultation, we will let you know what fees are required to undertake the work we have discussed.
If you would like to instruct us after your consultation, we will ask you for a payment of fees in advance, based on what you would like us to do and our assessment of the amount of time it may take to get started. This amount is not a flat fee – your actual legal fees and costs may be more or less.
If unanticipated or new issues come up that render our estimate substantially inaccurate, additional fees may be required to continue representing you. If that happens, we will advise you at the time what we expect those further fees to be.
The fee amount will be discussed at the end of your initial consultation and reflected in our fee agreement.
When you send back the signed fee agreement, we also require payment of the fees in advance by cash, deposit or credit card (MasterCard or Visa), which we then deposit into a trust account in accordance with the Queensland Law Society Rules.
You will receive monthly billing statements from us which show, in increments of 0.1 hours (six minutes), the work done on your case and the corresponding amount of funds transferred from your trust balance to us as payment.
If your case is active, we will ask you to replenish the trust account when your balance dips below our expected fees each month. If you have money in your trust account at the conclusion of your case, we will refund the balance to you.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about fees and billing for your matter.