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Costing Fundamentals

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Costing Fundamentals

Date & TimeTBC
Format Workshop





CPD Units 6
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
Venue LIV Conference Room, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Understanding the landscape of legal costing can help you identify risk areas in a matter, open up unexplored chargeable work and assist you to better manage your client’s cost expectations...

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  • Full Description

    Understanding the landscape of legal costing can help you identify risk areas in a matter, open unexplored chargeable work and better navigate your client’s cost expectations.

    In this workshop, our experienced costs lawyer will cover a range of costs issues relevant to your daily practice including preparing accurate cost agreements and how to maximise your cost recovery, to ensure you have the skills you need to successfully manage costing for your clients.


    • Scoping work and preparation of cost agreements
    • Your costs disclosure obligations: What do they mean in practice?
    • Tips and tricks to maximise your cost recovery
    • Offers of compromise and Calderbank letters: Getting it right
    •  Understanding your liability for fees of third parties such as counsel, experts and more
    • Understanding the new Costs Court process and what it means for your client in the taxation of a matter
  • Presenter

    John Colonna, Principal Costs Lawyer, LIV Costs Lawyers.  Accredited Specialist.

    JohnColonna John is the manager of LIV costs lawyers and is an LIV accredited specialist in costs law. He is experienced in assessing files and drawing bills of costs for firms as an external costs consultant, in addition to acting as an in-house costs advisor and assessor, and an advocate before the Costs Court both in mediations and at taxation of contested bills of costs. Being regularly exposed to rulings made on items in bills, John is well placed to advise solicitors how to maximise their costs recovery, or minimise their clients’ liability to pay opposing party’s costs. 


  • Learning Outcomes

    In this session, you will:

    • gain a greater understanding of the fundamental issues of costing your legal work
    • earn how to apply your knowledge of legal costing to address hypothetical problems
    • acquire experience in collaborative learning and skills to communicate and work effectively in small groups
    • benefit from a blend of expert instruction and practical learning activities