In ACN 097823142 (Formally Sherwood Group Pty Ltd) v Gadens Lawyers [2018] QDC 271, Richards DCJ granted the Clients’ Application for Costs Assessment made 26 months after the delivery of the bill (Section 335(5) Legal Profession Act 2007 (QLD)(LPA) provides the Application must be made within 12 months), because the Lawyers failed to comply with their Disclosure obligations under the LPA. Lawyers must comply with Disclosure obligations in Section 308 LPA regarding providing an estimate of “total” legal costs (including outlays) - including providing an updated estimate (Section 315 LPA), if the initial estimate is likely to be exceeded.


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