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How Can Legal Costs Get So High?

Legal Costs Parties may employ lawyers (barristers or solicitors) to represent them in a proceeding. These lawyers usually charge their clients for their services (fees) and expenses that they have paid on the client’s behalf (disbursements). Disbursements may include court fees. Together these charges are known as costs. The Daily Telegraph newspaper in the United […]

How Can Legal Costs Get So High?

How Can Legal Costs Get So High?

Legal Costs

Parties may employ lawyers (barristers or solicitors) to represent them in a proceeding. These lawyers usually charge their clients for their services (fees) and expenses that they have paid on the client’s behalf (disbursements). Disbursements may include court fees. Together these charges are known as costs.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper in the United Kingdom is reporting on a Family Law case similar to the recent reports of a case in South Australia where the legal costs incurred were entirely out of proportion to the issues in dispute. According to the Daily Telegraph, the English Court of Appeal has refused to increase the amount awarded to the husband Mr. Alyami. In the original decision, Mr. Alyami has awarded a house worth £450,000 and a cash sum of £50,000. Mr. Alyami sought an order increasing the cash lump sum from £50,000 to £320,000 but, not only did the Court of Appeals refuse to increase the amount of the cash lump sum Mr. Alyami was left with a legal bill of nearly £500,000.00.

Mr. Alyami’s wife Ms. Musallam had also run up a legal bill of more than £800,000. With any litigation in relation to Family Law matters it is critical to ensure that however emotional the situation might become that you do not pursue unrealistic claims in the Court and that your legal costs remain proportionate to the matters in question. For practical legal advice in relation to all types of Family Law matters please contact Ian Field on 3236 0001 or ifield@aywlardgame.com.au.

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