Legal Cost Consultants
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The area of legal costs can sometimes be very complex and confusing.
Wiese & Wiese Attorneys and Cost Consultants are committed to building trustworthy relationships with clients by offering exceptional customer service at reasonable and competitive rates.
With our key focus on providing outstanding service to attorneys, we offer a wide variety of offerings to our clients, which include, but are not limited, to the following:
- The drawing of bill of costs and estimations
- Attending taxations in all forums
- Negotiation and achieving the best possible settlements
- Providing high-end costs saving day-to-day advice
The drawing fee for a bill of costs is calculated in accordance with the High Court and Magistrate’s Court tariff respectively.
The drawing fee is as follows:
1.1 High Court Bills
Our fee for drawing of a High Court bill is calculated at 10.6% of the attorney’s fees, either as charged in the bill, if not taxed, or as allowed on taxation.
1.2 Magistrate’s Court Bills
Our fee for drawing a Magistrate’s Court bill is calculated at 5% of the attorney’s fees, either as charged in the bill, if not taxed, or as allowed on taxation.
1.3 Attorney & Client Bill of Costs
Should you require us to draw a bill of costs on attorney and client scale, the drawing fee will be calculated as set out in 1.1 and 1.2 above. We will also attend to the drawing and opposing of bills of costs in respect of security for costs.
The taxation fee to tax a bill of costs is calculated in accordance with the High Court and Magistrate’s Court tariff respectively.
2.1 High Court Bills
Our fee for attending taxation of a High Court bill of costs is calculated on the total amount allowed on taxation as follows:
- 10.6% on the first R10,000.00, or portion thereof
- 5.1% on the next R10,000.00, or portion thereof
- 2.12% on the balance of the bill thereafter
2.2 Magistrate’s Court Bills
Our fee for attending taxation of a Magistrate’s Court bill of costs is calculated at 5% of the amount allowed on taxation.
- When a bill of costs is settled by us two or more days before the matter is set down for taxation, only the drawing fee of the bill will be charged.
- When a bill of cost is settled by us two days or less of the taxation being enrolled, the drawing fee and attendance fee will be charged.
- We will attend to the settlement, opposing or taxation of a bill of cost, which was NOT drafted by Wiese & Wiese Cost Consultants, on special request; however, such service will be subjected to a special fee agreement.
4. OPPOSING OF TAXATION
Our fee for opposing a bill of costs is calculated at 10% of the savings on the completed allocatur after taxation. (i.e. 10% of the difference between the complete taxed allocatur and completed untaxed allocatur).
5. OUR INVOICES
All invoices are payable within 30 days after receipt thereof. We are not registered VAT vendors and therefore do not charge VAT. (IS HIERDIE KORREK?)
6. COLLECTION AND DELIVERY:
We offer free file collection and delivery from and to any office in Pretoria. Collection and delivery of files from offices outside Pretoria can be arranged on an ad hoc basis.
7. TIME FRAME
We understand that the turnaround time of your instructions is vital to the success of our future business relationship. We therefore strive to complete the instruction as fast as possible while not compromising the quality of the work done. We retain our clients by delivering exceptional quality of work at an unmatched pace.
8. CHECKING BILLS
Although we pride ourselves in the quality of our work, it remains the client’s responsibility to check a bill of costs before passing it to a third party, including their clients.
The client may terminate instructions to us in writing at any time. Work completed up to the date of notice of termination will be invoiced for.
10. THIRD PARTIES
We may be required to engage a third party on your behalf; however, we cannot accept any responsibility for any act or omission of a third party unless otherwise agreed upon.
11. FORCE MAJEURE:
If the completion of work is delayed or prevented by circumstances beyond our reasonable control, we will use all reasonable endeavours to resume work as soon as possible, but will not be in breach of agreement because of any delay in performance.
We treat all information passed to us as confidential. Unless required by law, we will not knowingly, nor intentionally, disclose any information whatsoever to any third parties unless specifically instructed and authorised by the client to do so.