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Costs Assessment / Consulting

Costs Assessment & Consulting

Our in-house Court Approved costs assessor is able to assist in all areas regarding issues of legal costs in all jurisdictions both state and federal.
Whether you require costs assessed pursuant to an Order of the Court or Under the Rules or require assistance recovering costs or resisting a challenge to costs claimed Mahoneys offers costs assessment and consulting services covering all aspects of costs regimes applicable in the Queensland and Federal Courts

Court Appointed Assessments;

  • Assessment of costs ordered to be paid in all courts in Queensland.
  • In the assessment process we are able to work with either physical or electronic files and if the facilities are available are able to conduct assessments by remote log in to your practice management software where those facilities exist;

Expert Reports;

  • expert evidence for use in a variety of proceedings concerning costs including:
    • Disputes as to the reasonableness of costs whether between parties for example in applications for security for costs;
    • Disputes between solicitor and client as to costs charged;
  • compiling reports and giving expert evidence in disciplinary proceedings where costs charged and billing practices are an issue in the matters the subject of the proceeding.

Drawing Costs Statements;

  • For costs ordered to be paid in:
    • Supreme Court of Queensland (including Court of Appeal);
    • District Court of Queensland;
    • Magistrates Court of Queensland
    • Family and Federal Circuit Court in its Family Law jurisdiction; and
    • The Federal Court of Australia.
  • As with the assessment of costs ordered to be paid by a Court we are able to work with either physical or electronic files and if the facilities are available are able to conduct assessments by remote log in to your practice management software where those facilities exist;

Preparing Objections to Costs Statements;

  • As with the drawing of Costs Statements where costs have been ordered to be paid our Approved Costs Assessor is able to assist by drawing Objections to the costs claimed by a successful party seeking to recover its costs pursuant to an order.
  • Again, as with the assessment process we are able to work with either physical or electronic files and if the facilities are available are able to conduct assessments by remote log in to your practice management software where those facilities exist;

Costs Litigation:

  • Consulting in relation to litigation with respect to costs or to conduct that litigation:
    • On behalf of law practices whose bills are being challenged; and
    • On behalf of clients of law practices challenging bills.

    Consulting on costs agreements

  • We are happy to consult in respect of the compliance of your costs agreements with the regulatory regime and are happy to review your existing costs agreements with a view to
    • Ensuring compliance with the Legal Profession Act 2007 and other acts impacting on the recoverability of your costs;
    • Advising on how to make your costs agreement a more effective document when it comes to recovering your costs from delinquent payers.

Contact Mahoneys Special Counsel Marek Reardon for more information or complete our contact form and a member of the team will be in touch.

Get In Touch To Discuss Your Legal Needs

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    Brisbane Office
    +61 7 3007 3777
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    Gold Coast Office
    +61 7 5562 2959