Legal Practice Act 2003

Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2007

 

Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2007

Contents

Part 1 — Preliminary

1.Citation2

Part 2 — Notice And Enquiries

2.Notice under section 213 of the Act3

3.Enquiries and submission under section 213 of the Act3

Part 3 — Report of Committee’s conclusions

4.Maximum hourly rates changed—scale of costs amended4

Schedule

1.Citation5

2.Commencement5

3.The Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 20055

4.Application5

5.Costs6

6.Effect on costs of Goods and Services Tax (GST)7

Notes

Compilation table8

 

Legal Practice Act 2003

Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2007

Part 1 — Preliminary

1.Citation

(1)This report may be cited as the Legal Practitioners (Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs) Report 2007.

(2)The determination set out in the Schedule to this report is referred to in this report as the Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2007.

Part 2 — Notice And Enquiries

2.Notice under section 213 of the Act

The Legal Costs Committee has complied with the notice provisions of section 213 of the Act.

3.Enquiries and submission under section 213 of the Act

Before making the Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2007, the Legal Costs Committee —

(a)reviewed the submission of the Law Society of Western Australia Inc received as a result of the notice given under section 213 of the Act;

(b)reviewed the impact of movements in the Consumer Price Index and Labour Price Index for the period between June 2005 to June 2007 (inclusive); and

(c)had regard to the impact of the Goods and Services Tax on the level of fees charged by Practitioners.

Part 3 — Report of Committee’s conclusions

4.Maximum hourly rates changed—scale of costs amended

(1)The information gained as a result of the inquiries and submissions described in clause 3 satisfied the Legal Costs Committee that the existence of competition for the supply of legal services made it appropriate to continue to adopt hourly rates charged by practitioners as the basis for the rates used in the Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2007.

(2)It is the recommendation of the Legal Costs Committee as a result of the inquiries and submissions described in clause 3 that the hourly rates referred to in subclause 4 (1) are varied from the hourly rates used in the Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2005 published in the Government Gazette on 28 September 2005 pp. 4407—4408. Those rates are set out in the Table to clause 5 of the Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2007.

(3)It is the further recommendation of the Committee that given the amendments to the scale of costs in the manner set out in the Table to clause 5 of the Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2007 are inclusive of any provision for the Goods and Services Tax, that from and including the date of that determination coming into operation, the Legal Practitioners (Effect on Costs of a New Tax System) (Goods and Services Tax) Determination 2000 published in the Government Gazette on 15 September 2000 p. 5411 will no longer apply to the Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2007 scale of costs from that date.

(4)The recommendations of the Legal Costs Committee are not intended to override the entitlement of a practitioner to make a written agreement as to costs with a client under the Legal Practice Act 2003.

 

Schedule

Legal Practice Act 2003

Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2007

1.Citation

This determination may be cited as the Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2007.

2.Commencement

This determination comes into operation on 1 October 2007.

3.The Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2005

The determination cited as the Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs Determination 2005 published in the Government Gazette on 28 September 2005 pp.4407—4408 does not apply to business carried out by practitioners after the commencement of this determination.

4.Application

(1)This determination applies to the remuneration of practitioners in respect of —

(a)applications for grants of probate and letters of administration within Western Australia or reseals of grants and letters of administration made outside Western Australia; and

(b)agency allowances where the solicitor for the applicant for a grant of probate or letters of administration or to reseal a grant does not carry on practice in the Perth metropolitan area and employs a practitioner in Perth as agent in connection with the application.

(2)This determination does not apply to the remuneration of practitioners based on a written agreement with a client as to costs under the Legal Practice Act 2003.

(3)This determination does not apply to the remuneration of practitioners based on costs incurred in respect of business carried out before the commencement of this determination.

(4)This determination does not apply to those areas of business performed by practitioners in connection with the administration and winding up of deceased persons’ estates which can be properly chargeable under the provisions of the Solicitors Costs Determination 2007 published contemporaneously herewith or any subsequent determination in substitution for or by way of variation to the same.

5.Costs

Unless a practitioner has made a written agreement as to costs with a client under the provisions of the Legal Practice Act 2003, the costs payable by the client to the client’s solicitor shall be such amount as is reasonable in the circumstances calculated on the basis of the time reasonably taken to perform the work described in clause 4 above and charged at an hourly rate which does not exceed the hourly rates set out below.

(a)General

Maximum rates

Junior Clerk

$8 per hour

Senior Clerk

$198 per hour

Articled Clerk

$176 per hour

Restricted Practitioner

$242 per hour

Practitioner (admitted less than 5 years)

$275 per hour

Practitioner (admitted 5 years or more)

$385 per hour

Travel is to be calculated in the same manner as above, with a maximum of 8 hours in any one day.

Note: The reference to practitioner in this determination includes all legal practitioners even if the services were rendered in another State or Territory. Where a local practitioner has held an interstate practice certificate, the length of admission in that other jurisdiction is to be counted in assessing that practitioner’s years of admission for the purposes of this determination.

 

(b)Specific

Complex matters, and matters involving a high degree of skill or urgency

Where a practitioner acts on instructions or performs a service in respect of a matter that is complex, or involves a high degree of skill or urgency, the practitioner is entitled to charge a fee or charge (as the case requires) that is reasonable in the circumstances.

6.Effect on costs of Goods and Services Tax (GST)

The hourly rates set out above are intended to be inclusive of GST.

Notes

1This is a compilation of the Legal Practitioners (Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs) Determination 2007. The following table contains information about that determination.

Compilation table

Citation

Gazettal

Commencement

Legal Practitioners (Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs) Determination 2007

27 Sep 2007 p. 4863-6

1 Oct 2007 (see cl. 2)