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Legal costs information


The 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:
    • negotiate,
    • 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.

Legal Costs Mediation Less than $10,000 - includes

  • Clients right to refer mediation to Statutory Supervisor
  • An application form including details of supporting documents required

Application for costs assessment - includes information on:

  • Background to costs assessment
  • The fee
  • The application
  • An application form
Last modified: 05/07/2023 11:54 AM

Office details

Office: 3/6 Lindsay St. Darwin NT 0800
Post: GPO Box 2388 Darwin NT 0801
ABN: 62 208 314 893


Please note that the Society does not offer legal advice.

A list of lawyers can be found here.

Telephone: (08) 8981 5104