Case Study 4

Over the years we commenced numerous proceedings in various Australian jurisdictions seeking assessment or taxation of solicitor/client costs charged by a large number of law practices.
This process almost always involved preparation of detailed notice of objections to the law practices' bills. In these cases, we achieved sizeable reductions to the costs previously sought by the law practice. Where fees had already been paid, the law practice was required to refund fees paid that exceeded the total costs liability after assessment. On some occasions we successfully challenged the basis of charge (usually hourly rates) and required law practices to provide itemised bill of costs pursuant to a more appropriate basis of charge (usually lower rates or a relevant scale of costs). We prepared numerous notices of objections objecting solicitor/client costs for numerous clients in numerous jurisdictions. We achieved substantial reductions to the costs previously sought by, or paid to the solicitors.