Queensland Law Society

Criminal Law Costs

Costs in Criminal Law by Glen Cranny, QLS Criminal Law Conference 13 October 2009.
This brief paper discusses a range of costs issues including the pros and cons of different billing methods (time-costing, fixed fees and event or task based charging), overcharging, handling fee discussions, retainer agreements and care and consideration, and will be of interest to practitioners in areas other than criminal law.

State of Queensland v Masman & Ors [2009] QSC 430
Clients paid $95,000 to solicitors as retainer for legal services – whether the money was held on trust for clients – whether the money became property of the solicitors – whether the money could be subject to previous restraining orders under Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 (Qld).

Costs in the Criminal jurisdiction: the Justices Act 1886 by K A Mellifont, QLS Criminal Law Conference 13 October 2009. To read the article please click on the following link: