Under s174(1) of the Uniform Law, law practices are to provide to clients "an estimate of the total legal costs". There is no longer a reference to provision of a "range" of estimates as under the LPA. The consensus view is that it is no longer possible to specify a range.
The possibility of "staged" disclosure has been raised, where a law practice discloses an estimate of total legal costs, but this is then broken into different stages of a matter. The Legal Services Board + Commissioner has released RPA Alert #22 to all practitioners on this issue, and it should be available shortly on the Board’s website.