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Legal cost agreement claims

If you have engaged a legal practitioner to provide law services on your behalf you may have a disagreement about the cost agreement you made with them.

You may believe that the cost agreement was not fair or reasonable because, for example:

  • you were induced to enter into the agreement and were given misleading or fraudulent information at the time; or
  • the solicitor has behaved in an unsatisfactory way in relation to the services outlined in the agreement.

If you wish to have a legal cost agreement set aside you may apply to the courts or to QCAT.

To make an application to QCAT you must comply with the application requirements in Practice Direction 2 of 2015 - Proceedings relating to legal costs agreements under the Legal Profession Act 2007 (PDF, 187.3 KB). This practice direction outlines what information you need in your application, required documents and QCAT's procedure.

Descriptions of QCAT's jurisdiction on this website are general information only. They do not definitively describe the types of applications on which QCAT can make decisions. The relevant legislation determines QCAT's jurisdiction. If you are unsure about your legal rights, you should seek legal advice. Your individual circumstances should guide any actions taken to resolve your dispute.

Last reviewed
9 November 2011
Last updated
24 May 2016

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