Focus on Costs

Tuesday 22nd November, 2016 3:00 pm – Tuesday 22nd November, 2016 5:45 pm
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace Perth

This seminar focuses on four current subjects in the important area of costs.

New Supreme Court (Contentious Business) Cost Scales

2016 marks a biennial review of the Legal Profession (Supreme Court) (Contentious Business) Determination, colloquially known as the ‘Supreme Court Scale’. Fraser Robertson will present on the outcome of the review, including any new changes, with additional commentary from Matt Curwood, followed by a discussion about what changes (if any) might need to be considered with the next biennial review in 2018.

Special costs applications

There is often a vast difference in quantum between costs claimed pursuant to standard orders and costs claimed pursuant to special costs orders in the Supreme Court and the District Court of Western Australia. Maria-Luisa Coulson provides practical guidance in relation to special costs applications as well as an update on the Supreme Court’s provisional assessment procedure.

Percentage costing in person injury matters

In 2013, Percentage Based Contingency Fees (PBCF’s) were legalised in England and Wales as a means to increase access to justice. Amy Pascoe discusses the possibility of the Australian jurisdictions following England and Wales’ example by legalising PBCF’s in the future. In particular, Amy focuses on the effect PBCF’s have made to date in the English and Welsh jurisdictions with a particular focus on the area of personal injury.

View from the Legal Profession Complaints Committee

Hear the latest from the Legal Profession Complaints Committee in regard to best practice in the costs area and what the Committee is looking out for with analysis of recent disciplinary cases and guidelines on ethical billing.

The seminar ends with a panel discussion.

Level: General

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


Sponsored by


Matt Curwood
Francis Burt Chambers

Maria-Luisa Coulson
Legal Practitioner Director
Coulson Legal

Philippa Rezos
Senior Legal Officer
Manager (Rapid Resolution Team)
Legal Profession Complaints Committee

Fraser Robertson
John Toohey Chambers

Amy Pascoe
Research Consultant
Coulson Legal

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