Consultation & Fees

Together we agree on a set fee for all the work I will do on your case, rather than charge you an hourly rate at the end of the work. The first step is an initial consultation ($1150 – GST incl) which is a face-to-face meeting to give me an accurate measure of your legal position and the work needed to be done to settle your divorce quickly.

Initial Consultation

Together we agree on a set fee for all the work I will do on your case, rather than charge you an hourly rate at the end of the work. The first step is an initial consultation ($1150.00 – GST inclusive) which is a face-to-face meeting to give me an accurate measure of your legal position and the work needed to be done to settle your divorce quickly.

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My Fee

Together we agree on a set fee for all the work I will do on your case, rather than charge you an hourly rate at the end of the work.

  1. We work with you to clearly define your goals at the first meeting.
  2. We are then able to offer a fixed fee to settle your case.

Settling Relationship Property:

By Agreement (out of court) Approximate Fixed Fees

My fee calculator provides an estimate of the fixed fee you will be charged when you are settling matters by negotiation with your ex-partner. The calculated amount covers all steps required to resolve your issues, including drafting all required documents, all consultation with you (including phone calls, meetings, and emails), all negotiations with other parties and photocopying, postage, phone etc.

Do you have any dependent children? (Under 18)
Does one spouse financially support the other?
Is there a jointly owned business?
Do you or your spouse have an interest in any other business?
Does the estate exceed $1.5 million?
Do you or your spouse have a trust?
Total Fees: $ 5,000

NB. The fixed fees detailed above are an estimate and may vary depending upon your unique situation. When you meet with Jeremy Sutton you will be provided with an exact schedule of fixed fees that will not change during the course of our representation of you. Again, you may not end up paying all of the scheduled fixed fees if we reach agreement before the matter actually goes to hearing. I do not charge by the hour and you never have to worry about the uncertainty that comes from an unpredictable hourly fee. I make you a promise about your fee and I live up to that promise.
Out of court estimates are valid for 6 months.

Litigation (in court) Approximate Fixed Fees

The fixed fees detailed below cover all steps involved in resolving your situation when it is necessary to file proceedings and go to court. These fees are paid in five phases. When proceedings are with the court we are often able to reach agreement before the matter actually goes to hearing. Any fees unpaid at the time of settlement are waived and you pay only the amount you have paid up to that.

Stage 1

File or Defend PRA Proceedings

File PRA proceedings ($700 filing fees apply).

The “File or Defend PRA Proceedings” fee is due when you hire Jeremy Sutton to begin the Court Proceedings.

$10,000 to $15,000plus GST

Stage 2

Directions / Issues Conference (per event)

Preparation and attendance at directions conference.

The “Directions / Issues Conference” fee is due 21 days after proceedings have been filed.

$3,000 to $4,000plus GST

Stage 3

Disclosure and Discovery

At the end of this stage, we will have all relevant information about your joint financial position, assets and will have a copy of any trust deeds.

The “Disclosure and Discovery” fee is generally due 75 days after the filing of the proceedings.

$12,000 to $24,000plus GST

Stage 4

Negotiation Settlement / Mediation

At the end of this stage you will have a resolution or we will be in a position to move to the next stage be that further discussions, mediation or filing Court documents.

The “Negotiation Settlement / Mediation” fee is generally due 75 days after negotiations begin.

$5,000 to $10,000 plus GST

Stage 5

Defended Hearing (per day)

The Judge will have made a decision at the completion of this stage on all matters.

The “Defended Hearing” fee is generally due 30 – 75 days before each defended hearing. There are sometimes several hearings on different issues, in one case. Often, we have one hearing and then reach agreement on the other issues without the need for additional hearings. So that you only pay for the hearings you actually reach, we break the fee for this phase down into each separate hearing. Again, any issue reaching hearing incurs a fee 45 days before the hearing.

$15,000 to $30,000plus GST

Total Fees: $45,000 to $120,000 plus GST

NB. The fixed fees detailed above are an estimate and may vary depending upon your unique situation. When you meet with Jeremy Sutton you will be provided with an exact schedule of fixed fees that will not change during the course of our representation of you. Again, you may not end up paying all of the scheduled fixed fees if we reach agreement before the matter actually goes to hearing. I do not charge by the hour and you never have to worry about the uncertainty that comes from an unpredictable hourly fee. I make you a promise about your fee and I live up to that promise.
Out of court estimates are valid for 6 months.

I found myself in the unenviable position of needing a lawyer to negotiate a messy break up and be able to see my kids again. Jeremy was not only the only lawyer willing to take my call on a weekend, but the end result was all I could have asked for. Both Jeremy and every member of his team were consummate professionals and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. A+, 10/10.

VX

Jeremy acted for a family member’s compensation claim. We have found Jeremy to be a passionate lawyer who strives towards achieving a favourable outcome for his clients. Through previous experience, I feel a good lawyer needs to have excellent communication, honesty, willingness, listening skills, and have the experience behind them to be able to work towards achieving a positive outcome….Jeremy exceeded expectations and delivered! Thanks Jeremy.

Rachel

I had the pleasure of working with Jeremy for 6 months and would not have had the results I did if it wasn’t for them. If ever you need brilliant, hands on, no nonsense, straight forward, honest and up front lawyer then Jeremy is your man. He has a great understanding of the emotional effects the process takes on every individual and shows sincerity towards your situation. He gets the job done and keeps you in the loop every step of the way. To me personally having to deal with the Family Court is stressful in itself to say the least, but he makes you feel at ease as you are properly informed of all stages of the process as you go along. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for and what you want is results. Absolutely worth giving him a call. Thank you Jeremy!!!

Vanessa Serfontein

Jeremy is very approachable, friendly, supportive and pro-active in progressing matters. He explains the Court and non-Court options and processes and what is happening in easy to understand language. Jeremy is very responsive in returning messages. I highly recommend Jeremy Sutton and his team for all of your family law matters.

Alison

Jeremy was extremely helpful in communicating family court process and timeframes to achieve as harmonious as possible outcome. Some key benefits in dealing with Jeremy were the prior planning of court proceedings and the preparation of the information required. Communication was excellent and Jeremy’s no nonsense and practical court performance was of the highest calibre.

Greg

Jeremy’s style was refreshing – empathetic, direct and focused on my priorities. Communication is important to me and he exceeded my expectations in terms of clarity, frequency and availability. Jeremy is very experienced and provided extremely sound counsel. Highly recommend.

Drew

Jeremy Sutton represented me on finalising my recent separation and child support agreement. He was well informed, thorough in his advice and cost-conscious to meet my personal requirements. I appreciated Jeremy’s calmness during my turmoil but also his toughness when required. I highly recommend him.

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