global billing costs lawyers (formerly graham + bull) is a boutique firm of specialist costs assessors, costs lawyers, and legal costs consultants with its offices located in the CBD in Brisbane and Melbourne, and in Singapore. 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 Victoria, as well as in Federal jurisdictions but also undertakes work in other states of Australia including New South Wales, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory. In addition, the firm provides services to overseas client firms.
Michael Graham, Director and Prinicpal Costs Lawyer, 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. In September 2017 Luke Short, joined our team, and on 1 November 2018 Luke became a Director and Principal Costs Lawyer of our Firm. Luke is also a Court Appointed Costs Assessor on the Register of Costs Assessors of the Supreme Court of Queensland.The firm continues to grow and expand our specialised services for law firms, accounting firms, and government agencies, whilst collaborating with other costs lawyers, and with the assistance of consultants, 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 Court-Appointed Costs Assesors, and staff, with all work being reviewed and checked by a Court-Appointed Costs Assessor prior to completion.
Our commitment to excellence in every aspect of our services differentiates global billing costs lawyers from our colleagues and competitors.
The firm undertakes legal costing services of electronic files (e-files), as well as traditional hardcopy files. The firm's Electronic Costing Portal (ECP) allows clients to upload their files in electronic format for costing without the need to print out their files in hardcopy format.
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.