Charging on a timely basis
As with most other law firms, we charge on the basis 6 minute time “units” and our final fee is based on the number of units spent on each personal attendance. Incomplete units are rounded up, so, for example, a 5 minute conversation and a 6 minute conversation will both be charged as 1 unit.
Time-based charging applies to all tasks such as meetings with you or examining large bundles of documents where it would be difficult to attribute value to our work in any other way.
Task-based, word count-based and fixed professional fees
In order to give you greater control over your legal costs, we have introduced task-based and word-count based fees for most of the common tasks which we perform and our hourly rates do not apply to such tasks.
We can also carry certain types of matters on the basis of fixed professional fees for the entire matter from start to finish. Such fees largely depend on the complexity of each particular matter.
What is included in our professional fees?
We take pride in our work and our charges include the highest degree of competence and professionalism you can expect from legal practitioners. We only charge on the basis of the final product of our work, and as such our charges already take into account all the preparation and administrative work that goes into it. For example, there are no separate charges for:
- time we spend making appointments or leaving messages while trying to contact you
- keeping your will, trust deeds and other important documents in our safe custody
- issuing accounts or interim bills to keep you updated on your legal costs
Our outgoings such as Court filing fees, conveyancing search charges and postage are passed on to you without any surcharges or interest. Copies of receipts are available for collection from our office and the originals will be returned to you with the rest of your file when the matter is finalised.