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Rules of Practice 1994 (S.R. 1994, No. 229)
|Requested: 28 Mar 2017|
|Consolidated as at: 17 Mar 2006|
13. Advice on costs
(1) This rule does not apply to a practitioner receiving remuneration under Division 2 of Part 7.
(2) As soon as practicable after first taking instructions, a practitioner, unless it is unreasonable or inappropriate in the circumstances, must provide a client with written advice as to
(a) the reasonably estimated range of costs and disbursements that may be incurred by the client; and
(b) the method of calculation of those costs; and
(c) the condition upon which the practitioner accepts the client's retainer; and
(d) the frequency with which accounts are to be rendered to the client; and
(e) any Court scale applying to those costs.
(3) A practitioner may dispense with the advice if that practitioner already has an agreement with the client in which all work done by that practitioner is subject to an agreed charging rate.
(4) A practitioner must provide to a client if requested
(a) a review of the estimated costs and disbursements of a matter; and
(b) the method of calculation used.