Terms of Engagement
- My fee for any brief will be based on a number of fee factors (as set down at Rule 9.1 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008) including:
I record time spent on a file, although the value of time recorded is only one of the factors which I will take into account in setting the fee.
I usually render invoices every month. I require payment within 21 days.
I may ask you from time to time to make payment of funds into my instructing solicitors' trust account on account of my fees.
GST and disbursements (such as photocopying or travel expenses) will be in addition to my fees.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
- The time and labour expended;
- The skill, specialised knowledge, and responsibility required to perform the services properly;
- The importance of the matter to you and the results achieved;
- The urgency and circumstances in which the matter is undertaken and any time limitations imposed, including those imposed by you;
- The degree of risk I assume in undertaking the services, including the amount of value of any property involved;
- The complexity of the matter and the difficulty or novelty of the questions involved;
- My experience, reputation and ability;
- The possibility that acceptance of the retainer will preclude engagement of me by other clients;
- Whether the fee is fixed or conditional;
- Any quote or estimate of fees given by me;
- Any fee agreement (including a conditional fee agreement) entered into between you and me;
- The reasonable costs of running my practice;
- The fee customarily charged in the market and locality for similar legal services.
- I hold professional indemnity insurance that meets or exceeds the minimum standards specified by the New Zealand Law Society.
- If you have a complaint about my services, I am happy to meet with you to discuss the nature of the complaint so that we can attempt to resolve it between ourselves.
- If you do not wish to meet with me to discuss the complaint, or if we are unable to resolve it, then I am happy to refer your complaint to another barrister.
- If you do not wish to have the complaint dealt with in that fashion, or you are not satisfied with the response to your complaint, you may refer your complaint to the Lawyers Complaints Service at the New Zealand Law Society (0800 261 801 or firstname.lastname@example.org).