Debt disputes

Contested litigation

The cost of defending a litigation claim is about the same as pursuing a contested claim.

The table below describes common tasks in contested litigation alongside an estimated cost (inc GST) for claims up to $10,000, $20,000 and $50,000 respectively.

For actions over $50,000, please contact us for an estimate.

If your claim (or defence) succeeds, you can expect an order for costs in your favour and so may recover about 40% to 60% of your actual legal costs from the other side.

If the final order is against you, expect to have to reimburse the other side about half of your legal own costs.

Fees for a disputed claim of no more than:       $10,000       $20,000       $50,000
Requiring disclosure (lists of documents, inspections and copies)          379           455          489
Making disclosure (lists of documents, inspections and copies)         740        827         900
Delivering interrogatories         537         559        620
Answering interrogatories        496         524         565
Preparations for trial and/or settlement conference    3,340    4,673    5,140
Outside counsel to settle claim and statement of claim, counterclaim, notice of intention to defend or notice of appeal     453       620        673
Outside counsel to settle special affidavit, reply or particulars        259         401        440
Outside counsel to settle interrogatories or answers to interrogatories         453        608       660
Solicitor conference, inspection of works, site inspection or similar attendance  (for each hour)        352        352         352
Outside counsel conference, inspection of works, site inspection, or a similar attendance  (for each hour)         352         352         352
Special opinion on evidence, prospects or procedure         503        645         710
Appearances (solicitor and outside counsel) in court on trial or hearing (first day)      3,550     5,018     5,506
Appearances (solicitor and outside counsel) in court  on trial or hearing on each subsequent day      2,254     3,029     3,264
Applications to court (excluding adjournment)    766  1,030  1,158
Appear in court for delivery of deferred judgment       233       349       388
Proof of damages (if the opposite party fails to appear)     692  972 1,040

Types of claims and example pleadings