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Fees and Fee-Charging Practices - Webinar Package

NZ $121.00
Paul Collins  
Paul Collins
Shortland Chambers
Auckland
 

Webinar Package includes:

Archive Presentation  l  Booklet  l  PowerPoint Presentation

Webinar Package Fee (incl GST)

  • $91 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $121 - Non-members

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Webinar Archive Presentation

Presentation time: 60 minutes

Getting the billing process right can be extremely challenging and is often seen as a negative aspect of professional life. It is essential that you foster and maintain good relationships with your clients and avoid the pitfalls. This webinar will help you turn the “negatives” around fees and billing into “positives”.

This webinar will help you with your billing process by ensuring familiarity with the regulatory environment and will maximise your opportunity to achieve good results for yourself and your client.

Topics covered will include:

  • Structuring costs
  • Current trends in effective fee-charging practices
  • Alternatives to time costing
  • Rule 9.1 fee factors
  • Lessons learned in the disciplinary arena concerning overcharging and wrongful fee-charging practices.

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Booklet 

Author: Paul Collins
Published: 21 August 2019
Pages: 27

Introduction

The regulatory framework for billing in the legal profession, chiefly found in Chapter 9 of the Conduct and Client Care Rules (see Appendix One), is neither pro-lawyer nor pro-client. The over-arching rule, r 9, establishes an objective standard by referring to fees that are fair and reasonable for the services provided having regard to the interests of both client and lawyer and having regard also to the factors set in r 9.1. The problem faced by a system of regulation in this area is the inherent difficulty in placing monetary value on the services lawyers provide to their clients. Those services span an infinitely variable range of subject-matter and client interests and the system of regulation must be structured, principled, fair and sustainable. The rules attempt to achieve those objectives by establishing a method for measuring fees based on standards of reasonableness and fairness, informed by the 13 fee factors in r 9.1.

The object of this presentation is to provide a resource to help lawyers achieve successful billing outcomes for themselves and for their clients. It is not intended to give guidance about achieving absolute maximum billing at the client’s expense, nor is it intended to diminish the entitlement of lawyers to be well-remunerated for the competent provision of legal services to their clients. The principles and concepts discussed in this presentation are intended to achieve the balance reflected in rr 9 and 9.1.

PowerPoint Presentation

These are the slides included in the webinar presentation.

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