National Guide to Counsel Fees
The following guide may be applied by taxing officers of the Federal Court when making an estimate pursuant to Order 62 rule 46 of the Federal Court Rules or upon taxation of a party and party Bill of Costs.
In many cases the range of fees in this guide will bear no relationship to the amounts that members of the Bar actually charge as a fee on an hourly rate.
Where, for example, by reason of the number, difficulty and/or complexity of the questions of law or fact involved, the time required for preparation for the hearing is substantially extended beyond what might be regarded as “average”, a taxing officer may determine that a fee at or above the upper end of the range may be appropriate. In particular cases, the standing and experience of the counsel concerned may also be a relevant matter for consideration. Similarly, where the matter is not complex or difficult, a fee at or towards the lower end of the range may be appropriate.
The amounts listed are not to be regarded as limiting the taxing officers’ discretion to allow higher or lower fees if it is considered appropriate.
13 December 2002
|Junior Counsel||Senior Counsel|
Fee on Brief - Including: preparation at discretion of taxing officer and appearance on the first day of a hearing OR
|$900 - 3,600
||$1,500 - 5,500|
|Appearance at hearing (daily rate including conference)||$650 - 3,000||$1,500 - 4,500|
Motion/Interlocutory hearing - Short (up to 2 hours)
|$250 - 1,500||$300 - 2,250|
|Motion/Interlocutory hearing - Long (2 hours plus)
||$500 - 3,000||$600 - 4,500|
Hourly rate for:
|$200 - 350||$300 - 550|