✔ Clients say our fixed fees are extremely reasonable.
✔ We offer a fixed fee for an agreed scope of work.
✔ All our fees are agreed with you in advance.
✔ We always give you a Costs Disclosure or Costs Agreement.
✔ Litigation funding is available from our litigation funding partner.
Fees for Divorce, Consent Orders, Financial Agreement, etc.
Fees for Dispute Resolution
Mutual Disclosure and Negotiating a Settlement: fixed fee $2,970 + GST
Taking your instructions and communicating with the other side, attending to mutual disclosure, preparing your balance sheet and financial information, preparing your settlement proposal, making an offer or responding to an offer to settle, negotiating on your behalf, engaging in pre-action procedures, advising you along the way. Fixed fee retainer is for the first month, after this you can renew for subsequent months for $990 + GST per month, if needed. If agreement is reached, then the fixed fee for drafting or reviewing consent orders or a financial agreement will apply. If there is no settlement by negotiation, then the matter usually proceeds to litigation.
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Mediation Support: fixed fee $990 + GST
Helping you prepare for your pre-action Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) mediation where you will not be represented by any lawyer. Conferencing with you prior to the mediation to discuss your matter and offering you advice on how you should prepare you for the mediation. Assisting you on the day of mediation by telephone and/or email as needed. Reviewing any Heads of Agreement or Minute prepared by the mediator. Please note, this service is designed to support you as a self-represented litigant and does not include any drafting of documents such as a Mediation Position Paper, Balance Sheet, Settlement Proposal, Heads of Agreement, Minute of Orders, etc. and does not include my appearing at the mediation on your behalf.
Mediation (Full Service and Advocacy): fixed fee quoted
This is to take carriage of your matter as your lawyer, prepare for, and attend the mediation with you. Taking your instructions and advising you. Preparing for private mediation or Conciliation Conference. Drafting your Balance Sheet and Mediation Position Paper or Case Outline. Communicating with you, the other side, and the mediator as required prior to the mediation. Attending to mutual disclosure prior to the mediation. Attending mediation with you as your advocate. Reviewing or drafting Heads of Agreement.
Fees for Litigation
Litigation funding is available from our litigation funding partner.
Notice of Intent to Commence Legal Proceedings: free of charge for existing clients
Taking your instructions and preparing the mandatory Notice of Intent which is required before you can issue proceedings, setting out: (a) The issues in dispute; (b) The orders to be sought if proceedings are started; (c) A genuine offer to resolve the issues; (d) A time (at least 14 days) after the date of the notice for the other party to respond.
Initiating Application or Response to Application (Parenting and/or Property): fixed fee from $5,950 + GST
OR Small Asset Pool (under $500k) Property Only: fixed fee from $4,950 + GST
Taking your instructions and initiating proceedings or responding to proceedings. Including drafting the Initiating Application or Response to Initiating Application, drafting pleadings for both interim and final orders, drafting your Affidavit and preparing exhibits, preparing other documents as required including Financial Statement, Financial Questionnaire, Parenting Questionnaire, Notice of Risk, s 60i Certificate, Genuine Steps Certificate. Attending to filing and communicating with the Court. Serving the application or response on the other side and related communications.
First Court Event: fixed fee quoted
Taking your instructions and preparing for First Court Event. Drafting and filing the mandatory Notice to other parties and the Court, negotiating with the other side, drafting and filing Minutes of Orders, appearing on your behalf at the Court hearing. Fee includes appearance at Court for up to half a day.
Interim Hearing: fixed fee quoted
Taking your instructions and preparing for Interim Hearing. Drafting Reply Affidavit (if required), drafting any additional documentation, assisting you to comply with any orders or directions from the First Court Event, preparing Brief to Counsel, drafting and filing Case Outline, drafting and filing Minutes of Orders, reviewing and filing any expert reports. Communicating with you, experts, Counsel, other side and the Court. Counsel’s fees for preparation and appearing at the hearing are additional.
Conciliation Conference or Private Mediation: fixed fee quoted
Taking your instruction and preparing for private mediation or Conciliation Conference. Drafting your balance sheet and other documentation such as mediation position paper or Case Outline, drafting and filing Minutes of Orders, attending to procedural fairness on superannuation trustee if required, communicating with the other side, mediator and the Court. Attending mediation with you. Assisting Counsel on the day (if Counsel is required).
Final Hearing (Trial): fixed fee quoted or hourly rate
It is recommended that your lawyer becomes familiar with your matter as early as possible in the proceedings. Many solicitors will refuse to accept carriage of a matter at a late stage in the proceedings and competent Counsel are usually booked months in advance. I may need to review your matter before being able to provide a quotation.
Strategic Review of Your Existing Matter
Review, Evaluate and Advise (Existing Matter): fixed fee from $990 + GST
If your matter is already before the court, either with you acting for yourself as a self-represented litigant, or if you already have a lawyer and wish to change, this fixed fee covers our initial discussions to understand your current situation and your goals/what you want to achieve, my review of your current court orders, my review of the documents filed in your case and any relevant correspondence, and then a one hour Zoom/MS Teams conference to provide you with my strategic advice as to the current state of your litigation and my proposed case strategy. At the end of this session, we can discuss whether and/or how I am able to assist you in your case.
Fees for Family Law Appeals
Evaluate and Advise on Prospects of Appeal: fixed fee $3,500 + GST
Appeals must be approached very carefully, the stakes are high and misguided applications may have cost consequences. The first step in an appeal is to carefully evaluate the matter, consider what grounds of appeal exist and provide an opinion as to the prospects of success. Only if there are grounds of appeal and you have reasonable prospects of success should you proceed with the appeal. This investigative and advisory step also involves the preparation of a brief to Counsel, a barrister experienced in the conduct of family law appeals to provide their advice. Counsel’s fees for reading the brief and advising are additional.
Notice of Appeal or Responding to Notice of Appeal: fixed fee or hourly rate
Taking your instructions and initiating an appeal by way Notice of Appeal or responding to a notice. Drafting of application form, drafting grounds of appeal, preparing brief to Counsel to settle the grounds of appeal, filing the documents at Court, service on the other side, complying with all relevant rules and directions, communicating with you, Counsel, other side and the Court. Counsel’s fees are additional.
Preparation of Appeal Index: fixed fee or hourly rate
The first step after the filing of the appeal is the preparation of the Appeal Index in the correct form required by the Court. This is a crucial, time consuming and and technical stage in the matter and careful consideration is required of what should or should not be included in the index. Failure to file a complying Appeal Index means that the appeal is abandoned and will result in the appeal being struck out.
Procedural Hearing (Appeal): fixed fee or hourly rate
Prepare for and appear at the first procedural hearing in an appeal. Fee includes all preparation, drafting Minutes of Orders, communications with the other side and the Court, appearance at Court for up to half a day.
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