graham + bull is a boutique firm of specialist costs assessors and costs lawyers with its offices located in the Brisbane CBD, Melbourne CBD, and on the Sunshine Coast. The firm's primary aim is the provision of legal and forensic costing expertise to the legal, accounting, and insolvency industries.
The firm practises predominately in Queensland and in Federal jurisdictions but also undertakes work in other states of Australia including Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory.
From 1 January, 2016 the firm operated as an amalgamation of the established boutique costs firm, grahamcosts (Michael Graham) and costs assessor, costs lawyer, and litigator, Raymond Bull. Michael Graham, commenced practice in the legal profession from 1985, and has practised exclusively as a costs assessor, legal costs consultant, and costs lawyer since 1996. Michael is a Court Appointed Costs Assessor on the Register of Costs Assessors of the Supreme Court of Queensland. From 24 December 2016 the firm continues to operate as graham + bull, with Michael Graham as its Principal costs lawyer, with the assistance of consultants, and through collaboration with other costs lawyers, from time to time, as required.
Our goal has been to establish the leading legal and forensic costing practice in Queensland with emphasis on the precision and accuracy of our work together with professional credibility.
Our systematic approach to the provision of legal and forensic costing services utilising traditional methodologies combined with intellectual integrity, innovation, and personal attention to our clients, services, and work ensures we maintain our distinct competitive advantage.
The firm is heavily committed to technology but insists on maintaining a ‘hands on’ approach to ensure the integrity and precision of the service and product provided. There are no short cuts; no computer programs that do all the work. The work is performed by our experienced costs lawyers and staff, with all work being reviewed and checked by a costs lawyer prior to completion.
Our commitment to excellence in every aspect of our services differentiates graham + bull from our colleagues and competitors.
The firm now undertakes legal costing services of electronic files (e-files), as well as traditional hardcopy files. The firm is currently developing a "portal" which will allow clients to upload their files in electronic format for costing without the need to print out their files in hardcopy format. The portal is expected to be completed and operational by July 2017.
The firm’s focus is on building and establishing an ongoing and long-term relationship with our clients where we accommodate all of their legal and forensic costing requirements. There is no matter which is too large or too small for our attention.
We welcome the opportunity to assist solicitors with the establishment of pricing strategy and pricing models for their firm, as part of a consideration of alternative billing strategies.
Our engagement ensures that our clients maintain absolute transparency in their billing processes, together with access to specialist expertise to ensure optimum recovery of costs for their clients.