How We Charge
No Win, No Fee
In cases where we consider your claim to have reasonable prospects of success, we will agree to act on your behalf on a “No Win, No Fee” basis.
“No win, no fee” means that if you do not achieve a successful outcome in your claim, you will not be required to pay us anything for professional fees or disbursements (ie outlays). Disbursements are those expenses that we pay for during the course of your claim.
We will not recommend that you proceed with a claim unless we are confident that your claim is going to succeed.
How much does the firm charge?
Our fees are extremely competitive and we do not charge for many items that other firms do. This is how we compare:
|Hourly rate||Up to $700 or more||$495.00 – $520.00 (depending on which lawyer you have)|
|Uplift fee*||Up to 25% (on top of their assessed professional fees)||Nil|
|Cap on professional fees||Apply the 50/50 rule||30% maximum cap applied (although our fees are often much less than 30%)|
|Paying disbursements upfront (ie expenses, like medical reports and records)||Some firms require you to pay for these yourself upfront||We pay for any disbursements and are then reimbursed for these out of your settlement monies|
|Disbursement funding (ie disbursements paid by an external provider, for a fee)||Up to 65% (added on to normal disbursement cost)||Nil. We do not use litigation lending or disbursement funding providers|
|Postage, photocopying, telephone, petties, incidentals||Up to $2,000 or more||Nil|
* an uplift fee of up to 25% is an additional fee charged by some law firms, on top of their professional fees, to compensate them for the fact that their fees are being deferred until the successful conclusion of your claim and to factor in the risk that the claim may not succeed at all or they may not otherwise be paid for their time. We do not charge any uplift fee at all.
Other Important Considerations in Choosing a Lawyer
How experienced is my lawyer?
This question can be more important than the hourly rate for fees because a very experienced compensation lawyer will often recover a much higher compensation award for you than an average compensation lawyer. An experienced compensation lawyer will also be more efficient in the conduct of your claim, knowing what evidence is required to get you the best outcome. So, even if you pay a higher hourly rate than you would to a less experienced or qualified lawyer, it is well worth it as you end up with more in your hand at the end of the day.
At East Coast Lawyers, we only have highly experienced, expert compensation lawyers. The Directors of our firm, Sean and Helen, are both Accredited Specialists in their field. The other lawyers in our firm are also very experienced and highly respected, with each one of them having at least twenty (20) years’ experience in compensation law.
The expertise of our lawyers means that our clients receive fantastic settlements every single time.
Does the firm care about what happens to me?
Our firm understands that this claim and the compensation that you receive from it can make an enormous difference to your life. We care about you and what happens to you in the future. As a result, we fight hard to ensure that our clients receive the maximum amount of compensation possible and that they are charged extremely fair fees.
Our firm’s policy is for our clients to always receive the lion’s share of any settlement. To make sure of this, we ensure that our clients receive much more in their hand than what we receive by way of professional fees.
We are proud of the 4.9 star rating that google has allocated to our firm as a result of the dozens of positive reviews that we have received. These google reviews show how appreciative our clients are of the work that we do and we are confident that you too will be extremely happy with the work we do for you.
During your free initial consultation, we will:
*East Coast Lawyers is led by Accredited Specialists; Sean Delpopolo, Helen Ashton.
Our Promise To You:
*Strict time limits apply when making a claim. Do not delay.