The Law Society has prepared documentation to assist users of legal services in understanding their rights in regards to the cost of their legal services provided.
Legal costs - your right to know explains the process of disputing lawyers' costs and includes information on topics such as:
- your right to:
- enter into a costs agreement,
- receive a bill of costs,
- be notified of changes,
- request written progress reports; and
- what to do if you are unhappy with your legal costs.
Your right to challenge legal costs - includes information on topics such as:
- Talking to your lawyer
- Lump sum and itemised bills
- Costs mediation
- Costs assessment
- Setting aside a costs agreement
- Other avenues for challenging legal costs.
Application for costs assessment - includes information on:
- Background to costs assessment
- The fee
- The application
- An application form
The Society regulates conduct rules between lawyers and deals with complaints against lawyers.
The Legal Profession Act 2006 provides for the Society to be the first tier of a three tiered system of regulation of the legal profession, comprising the Society, the Legal Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal and the Supreme Court.
The Society will assess and/or investigate complaints and refer serious matters to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. In order to do this, complaints must be made in writing to the Society.
BEFORE lodging your complaint, please read the Complaints and Discipline Guide.
You can lodge a complaint against a lawyer using the Complaints Form.
All complaints should be addressed to:
Manager Regulatory Services
Law Society Northern Territory
GPO Box 2388
Darwin NT 0801
An original copy of the complaint form is required.
A complainant not satisfied with the Society's handling of a complaint may refer the matter to the Legal Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal.
Please note: The Law Society Northern Territory does not offer legal advice.