How our fees work, in plain English
Ryan Carlisle Thomas believes in explaining the law in plain English, keeping clients informed and making sure all costs are explained up front.
We handle your problems in the most cost-effective way.
First consultation is free
We offer a free initial consultation on any legal matter.
Any further fees that may be charged following this are discussed and agreed with you prior to taking action on your behalf.
‘No Win No Fee OR Expenses'
In some injury compensation cases we can offer a ‘No Win No Fee OR Expenses' arrangement.
Your eligibility will be assessed and explained to you at your initial free consultation.
If we think you have a case strong enough to succeed in a lump sum impairment claim or common law action, we will act on your behalf free of charge in an initial Conciliation Referral.
If we think you will succeed in your lump sum claim for compensation, we will agree to act for you on a 'No Win No Fee, OR Expenses' basis. Please note that conditions apply to this arrangement. It excludes other party's costs and some out of pocket expenses.
If we assess you are unlikely to succeed in your lump sum claim but you instruct us to proceed regardless, you will be liable for an Administrative Fee (inclusive of GST) payable at the commencement of your claim and interim accounts will be rendered and payable quarterly thereafter.
In addition to our fees, many cases incur out of pocket expenses. They include medical report fees, Barristers' and Counsels' fees and court filing and hearing fees. These are added to your invoice and are clearly marked.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
The GST applies to legal advice. RCT includes the GST in all discussions about charges. Our fees include a GST component that must be passed on to the Government. In addition to reimbursing us for disbursements on your behalf, you will also reimburse us for any GST we paid on those disbursements in excess of any input tax credit which we are entitled to receive in respect of those disbursements. We will advise you of the amount you need to pay for GST on disbursements when we send you our bill. GST on our services and disbursements is calculated at the rate of 10%.
You will be advised in writing in accordance with the Legal Practice Act 1996 of any professional fees for which you are liable.
If you have any queries in relation to our Fee/Disbursement Policy and how it applies to you, please ask your lawyer.
5 questions to ask your lawyer about fees
- How will you charge me? On a scale recommended by the Courts, or on an exorbitant hourly rate?
- Do you charge for a percentage of the total claim, or for the work actually done?
- At what stage will you start charging me? From the day I first enter the door or when I approve action to start?
- How much will be recovered from the opposing party?
- What am I up for in the event I loose? Will I have to pay your expenses?