1. What forms can a dispute take?

A dispute can take a number of different forms. A low-level dispute can be a disagreement between two people over something as simple as a private car sale. Other disputes can be in relation to business contractsfamily divorce, or child custody arrangements.

2. Does a dispute mean that I need to go to court?

Not necessarily. Many disputes, especially low-level disputes, can be resolved through informal negotiations and discussions facilitated by lawyers.

Contracts, particularly in sectors such as building and construction, commonly include alternative dispute resolution (ADR) clauses, requiring parties to first attempt to resolve any disputes through alternative methods without going to court. 

Nevertheless, we recognise that there are circumstances where court intervention may be the most effective course of action.

3. What are the lawyer fees associated with a dispute?

A typical court process can cost upwards of $100,000 due to the extensive expertise required to effectively present a case. There are usually a number of professionals involved, including:

  • 2-3 individuals from the legal practice
  • Engagement of counsel such as barristers
  • Expert witnesses.

Given the involvement of multiple professionals and the time-intensive nature of court proceedings, expenses can accumulate rapidly. This is why it’s crucial to approach legal disputes with careful consideration and strategic planning to manage costs effectively.

4. Do I need a lawyer?

If you are in some form of dispute, it needs to be taken seriously, which is why legal representation is always recommended. We ensure that your rights are protected and  provide legal guidance.

At Becker Watt Lawyers, when we handle a dispute case, we focus on using alternative methods to resolve it quickly and at a lower cost. 

For legal representation, book a consultation with a Trusted Legal Advisor. Contact us at 1300 AT LEGAL, info@beckerwatt.com.au or book online.

FAQs about dispute lawyer fees

Yes, lawyer fees are not set in stone and can often be negotiated before entering into an agreement, especially regarding the hourly rate or the flat fee arrangements.

This depends on the billing arrangement. If you are on an hourly rate, longer cases will typically cost more. It's important to discuss with your lawyer what happens if the case exceeds time estimations.

Request regular itemised billing statements, keep communication lines open to discuss ongoing costs, and set a budget with your lawyer that outlines cost expectations and reviews.

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