Thursday, 3 September 2009
I have just been advised that I have been appointed a Costs Assessor for the New Zealand Law Society. There is an interesting change from the old legislation in that it is not just the amount of the fee which can be examined, but also anything else which arises from looking at the bill of costs, which would would assist the Standards Committee. The Standards Committee look at any complaints not just as to fees. After my comments on Legal Aid below, this may be an interesting contrast. It also reminds me that I published a brief article on Scale Fees for Conveyancing back I think in 1979. Fees have changed much in the last 30 years! The concept of scale fees would probably now attract the attention of the Commerce Commission and the size of some fees would astonish some. But, the practice of law is very market driven and competition means that fees are often affected by whatever the opposition charge.