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|
|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|