Our aim at Barbayannis Lawyers is to be upfront and transparent with the fees that we charge. Our Tax Invoices are detailed and itemized.
We charge fees by reference to a written Costs Agreement that you will be asked to sign. The Costs Agreement sets out the way we charge for our services. The Cost Agreement also details the hourly rates charged by each of our lawyers. Each lawyer has a different hourly rate depending on his or her seniority and level of experience. Our lawyers cover a broad range of hourly rates therefore we are able to assist you whatever your budget may be. We will also provide you with written information about your rights in relation to legal costs.
We provide cost estimates at your first interview of the approximate overall costs that may be charged at the different stages of your matter, whether the matter settles or proceeds to Court. Many factors can affect your overall legal costs as your case progresses, more particularly the conduct of the other party, and whether they are co-operative.
We will therefore send you interim bills so that you are kept regularly appraised of your ongoing legal costs, and will update our cost estimates as each matter progresses.
No substantial disbursements (such as engaging accountants, barristers, psychologists or valuers) will be incurred on your behalf without first discussing them with you beforehand.
Any queries about costs or bills will be speedily dealt with at no cost.
You will be expected to pay your bills promptly, and we have a discretion to charge interest on any bills that are not paid in full within our normal trading terms.
You may also be asked to provide us with money to be held in our trust account for disbursements as approved by you and bills as rendered.
If you cannot afford to pay your costs regularly, we can enter into an arrangement with you, on terms to be discussed, for the costs to be paid at the end of your matter or when a settlement takes place. Appropriate security will need to be provided.
As an alternative,you can apply for litigation funding, also known as legal financing, if you want us to continue to act for you. The two major litigation funders are Guardian and Quantum. Their websites are www.guardianfunding.com.au and quantumfamily.com.au
In certain circumstances you may apply for a part property settlement in order to fund some of your legal costs. This means that, if successful, the Court makes an interim order for payment of a lump sum of money or an asset is sold, to enable you to pay your legal costs and any disbursements such as barristers’ fees, accounting and valuation fees.