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Entitlement to interest on refund of legal costs paid
Entitlement to interest on refund of legal costs paid

 Janine Wirth 01 Jul 2019

A Costs Court review of legal costs pursuant to the Legal Profession Act 20041 cannot be classified as a debt recovery proceeding. Interest is only payable from quantification of any refund due...

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Consultation on revised alternative disclosure forms
Consultation on revised alternative disclosure forms

 Costs Law Section 14 Feb 2019

The Law Institute of Victoria has submitted feedback on the proposed revised alternative disclosure forms. 

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Proposed changes to costs disclosure thresholds under the Uniform Law
Proposed changes to costs disclosure thresholds under the Uniform Law

 Costs Law Section 21 Aug 2018

The Law Institute of Victoria provided input on the possible revision of the costs disclosure thresholds contained in the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014.

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No longer a victim
No longer a victim

 Norman Mermelstein 01 Aug 2018

When a tenant is liable for the landlord’s legal fees, the tenant often feels exposed to excessive and/ or unjust costs with little remedy. Relief is available...

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Costs recovery tips
Costs recovery tips

 John Colonna 01 Jun 2018

How to maximise costs recovery for your client. As a costs lawyer, I am frequently asked by practitioners the following. “My client has an order for costs in their favour. How do I...

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Prevent bill shock and avoid complaints
Prevent bill shock and avoid complaints

 Mark Bellamy 01 Jun 2018

Last year 52 per cent of complaints about lawyers were consumer disputes involving legal costs. As the Legal Profession Uniform Law’s delegated local regulatory authority in this state...

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Federal Court judgments
Federal Court judgments

 Dan Star QC 03 Apr 2018

In Migration Agents Registration Authority v Frugtniet [2018] FCAFC 5 (30 January 2018), the Full Court considered whether the privilege against exposure to a penalty (penalty privilege) was available to a respondent...

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Challenging discharge fees
Challenging discharge fees

 Ben Wyatt 03 Apr 2018

How do you challenge those bank legal fees for discharge of mortgage?...

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Winners turned to losers by itemised billing
Winners turned to losers by itemised billing

 Karin Derkley 14 Mar 2018

Itemised billing is a time-consuming and costly process that has the potential to undermine maximum costs recovery, says costs law accredited specialist Cate Dealehr...

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Tips to maximise your costs recovery
Tips to maximise your costs recovery

 LIV Professional Development 26 Feb 2018

The LIV’s legal costings team is often asked “how do I maximise costs recovery?” Unfortunately, this is usually asked after the hard work is done and proceedings have been finalised...

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New costs disclosure concept to create more
New costs disclosure concept to create more "harmonised" approach

 Karin Derkley 06 Dec 2017

The Legal Services Council is looking into a costs disclosure concept it says will create a more harmonised approach across jurisdictions and provide better protection for both law practices and consumers...

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Federal Court costs quantification
Federal Court costs quantification

 Jill Grace 01 Dec 2017

The Federal Court delivered judgment on 4 July 2017 in the matter of LFDB v SM (No 4) [2017] FCA 753 in which it considered, inter alia, the lump sum provisions of the Federal Court Costs Practice Note (GPN-COSTS) 25 October 2016...

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Partial indemnity
Partial indemnity

 Fiona Mullen 02 Oct 2017

Partial indemnity is the reality for inter partes indemnity costs orders...

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Charging For Access To Justice
Charging For Access To Justice

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Sep 2017

Access to justice has increasingly become a catch-cry that the legal profession has been invited to address. Professional discipline for overcharging nonetheless remains as a critical vehicle to police illegitimate impediments in this regard...

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Clarifying Costs Orders
Clarifying Costs Orders

 Guy Donovan 01 Sep 2017

Claiming costs in a pro bono matter can be problematic due to the indemnity principle, that is, costs cannot be awarded in favour of a party unless they have an obligation to pay their lawyer’s fees...

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