Employee: Fee Options
Costs should never be a barrier to receiving quality legal advice. I promote "access to justice" with ethical-based pricing options. In providing transparent fee structures, I aim to assist you in your decision-making process. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information on any of the fee options.
Option One: Free Initial Consultation
I want to empower you to resolve your own employment relationship problems. For that reason, I provide an initial free consultation to discuss your employment matter.
I am happy to provide initial advice on a range of areas, with the purpose of giving you the tools you need to succeed.
If you require further representation, you can engage me on any of the other options.
Option Two: Hourly Rate
An hourly rate option will be appropriate if you require representation during your employment relationship.
This can include representation at a formal meeting, or if you require a letter drafted for your employer.
The average rate for employment law services can range between $300 - $500 + GST.
My hourly rate is $200 + GST
Option Three: Fixed Fee
A fixed fee option will be appropriate if you require assistance for any of the situations listed in "option two", but you are not confident that you will be able to meet the costs associated with the hourly rate.
The fixed fee option can be a great alternative for clients who prefer to have certainty of costs.
At my discretion, I may agree to fix a fee on a "pay what you can afford" basis.
Option Four: "No Win, No Fee"
"No Win, No Fee" is appropriate for situations where there is a probability of a monetary settlement.
Most "No Win, No Fee" advocates charge 1/3 + GST of the final settlement; however, I take a more ethical approach to contingency fees. Instead, my fee is the lesser of 1/3 + GST of the settlement or a fixed fee.
The fixed fees are:
$1,500 + GST: If the matter is settled after a personal grievance is raised.
$3,000 + GST: If the matter is settled at mediation.
If the matter progresses to the Employment Relations Authority, then I will only charge the costs that will be awarded.
Please note that I endeavour to recover legal costs as part of any settlement.