Costs

The primary Act regulating legal costs between a solicitor and client is the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) but there are other applicable legislation such as the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), the Family Law Act (Cth), the Legal Profession Regulation 2017 (Qld) and other interstate laws governing the legal profession. 

Guidance

Guidance on costs issues is available for members from the QLS Ethics Centre.

Cost Disclosure Checklists

Cost Disclosure Checklists

QLS Costs Guide

The QLS Costs Guide is a practical, voluntary guide for use by members in complying with the requirements of the Queensland costs regime in Part 3.4 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) (LPA 07). 

The Costs Guide provides a defensible, dependable and ethically sound guide on costs and includes detailed commentary on the applicable laws. You must be a Queensland Law Society Member and logged in on this website to access the Costs Guide below and all other related resources.

Assessment of costs - Legal Profession Act 2007

The Queensland courts’ assessment process for solicitor client costs is available on its website. This includes a Register of Approved Costs Assessors.

Legal Services Commission - Regulatory Guides

The Legal Services Commission publishes regulatory guides or practice notes to set out the factors taken into account in exercising their regulatory responsibilities particularly in grey areas where it is uncertain how a lawyer’s professional obligations apply.