In most cases we are able to offer our clients our “25% fee cap” agreement. This means we cap our professional fees at 25% of your recovery.
We offer this in most personal injury claims. These include motor vehicle accidents, work injury claims and public liability claims, such as slip and falls, accidents in shopping centers and the like.
It’s simple: our professional fees are capped at 25% of the damages amount which you receive. This does not mean that we automatically take 25%. If the final bill, which is based on our hourly charges, adds up to be less than 25%, then the lesser amount applies.
We also don’t charge uplift fees.
Most Queensland personal injury firms charge 50%. (They also charge uplift fees.)
No. The 25% fee cap does not apply to disbursements. This means that even though we pay for disbursements upfront, in the end, disbursements are on top of our professional fees. In most cases, disbursements do not exceed a few thousand dollars, which means they do not make too much of a difference to the outcome.
Yes, there are certain types of matters in which we are unable to offer this type of agreement. We do not offer this agreement in medical negligence claims. These include claims against doctors, hospitals or other allied health care providers where the allegation is that as professionals, they have breached their duty of care.
There are also cases where although we are happy to act for you, due to some special surrounding circumstances, we cannot offer to cap our fees at 25%. This rarely happens but we will advise you about this in our first face-to-face meeting.
In addition, if you change solicitors after you engage us, we will not cap our fees. (We may agree to cap our fees in the reverse situation, when you already have solicitors and then want to change and engage us. However, we consider this on a case by case basis.)
Many firms try to rush you to sign up with them without carefully considering your options. We encourage you to first learn about your personal injury claim. You should ask yourself:
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