Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008

Reasonable fee factors


The factors to be taken into account in determining the reasonableness of a fee in respect of any service provided by a lawyer to a client include the following:


the time and labour expended:


the skill, specialised knowledge, and responsibility required to perform the services properly:


the importance of the matter to the client and the results achieved:


the urgency and circumstances in which the matter is undertaken and any time limitations imposed, including those imposed by the client:


the degree of risk assumed by the lawyer in undertaking the services, including the amount or value of any property involved:


the complexity of the matter and the difficulty or novelty of the questions involved:


the experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer:


the possibility that the acceptance of the particular retainer will preclude engagement of the lawyer by other clients:


whether the fee is fixed or conditional (whether in litigation or otherwise):


any quote or estimate of fees given by the lawyer:


any fee agreement (including a conditional fee agreement) entered into between the lawyer and client:


the reasonable costs of running a practice:


the fee customarily charged in the market and locality for similar legal services.