Beware the Ides of March – the dark arts of costs

Thursday 15th March, 2018 9:00 am – Thursday 15th March, 2018 1:30 pm
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace Perth

A Hands-on Masterclass of the Law of Costs and Billing

Effective costs and billing practice is a fundamental component in legal practice and essential skill for any lawyer. The Law Society’s Costs Committee presents this seminar with experienced costs specialists along with the Legal Profession Complaints Committee focusing on:

• The core areas of the law of costs including retainers, costs agreements, trust accounts, disclosure, billing and taxation/assessment of costs
• Costs agreement clauses that work and don’t work, and things to watch out for
• New, better ways to draw bills
• Billing alternatives including fixed fees and value based billing
• Gaining an understanding of ethical billing – what can and cannot be billed
• What the Legal Profession Complaints Committee is looking out for and analysis of recent disciplinary cases
• Survey of case law

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Level: Intermediate

  • 1 points Competency 1 Practice Management
  • 1 points Competency 2 Professional Skills
  • 1 points Competency 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • 1 points Competency 4 Substantive Law



Matt Curwood (Chair)
Francis Burt Chambers

Brendan Ashdown
John Toohey Chambers

Stewart Forbes
Barrister & Solicitor

Philippa Rezos
Law Complaints Officer
Legal, Profession Complaints Committee

Fraser Robertson
John Toohey Chambers

Legal Trainee / Support Staff (Member)
Legal Trainee / Support Staff (Non-Member)
CPD Freedom
Member: individuals less than 5 years practising