Is your firm adequately recording

Don’t get caught out.
Costs are often unable to be recovered due to a lack of or poor recording, rather than insufficient work undertaken.

Consequences of inadequate recording – On a Solicitor and Own Client basis:

  • Ambiguity regarding instructions provided and advice
  • Inability to defend an allegation of professional negligence
  • Unable to justify work and consequently recover fees
  • If no contemporaneous file notes kept this leaves Solicitors open to various accusations


Consequences of inadequate recording – On a Standard or Party & Party basis:

  • Items of work cannot be substantiated if there is a lack of contemporaneous file evidence
  • Bill of Costs / Costs Statement will include a limited recoverable amount from the other party
  • Bill of Costs / Costs Statement will lack evidence to defend objections to
  • Insufficient information to provide to Registrar / Court Appointed Assessor
  • May be negligent of failure to record
  • Inability to maximise any party and party costs recovery and potential failure of duty to the client
Need help ensuring your firm and you are adequately recording all work – call National Costing Services on 1300 958 772 and speak to one of our legal costing professionals.
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