We aim to provide pragmatic and affordable advice and representation. We do this by:
- Using great lawyers: Our lawyers choose to work with us because of the pragmatic way we practice law. Our lawyers sit on extra-curricular boards and committees that have objects and purposes related to the betterment of justice.
- Being a Quality Assured Practice: We are Quality Practice Standard (QPS) approved by the Law Society of Western Australia: this means we adhere to internal processes designed to improve client satisfaction and avoid wastage.
- Taking a proportional approach: When we act for a party in a dispute, we aim to only take those steps where the time and cost incurred is proportional to the achievement of a fair and just outcome. This assists in keeping legal cost down.
- Being affordable: Pragma generally charges lower rates. We charge $110 per hour for our paralegals to $420 per hour for our lawyers (GST exclusive). These rates are less than the mandated rates set by the Legal Costs Committee for practitioners in Western Australia.
- No surprises: This means where an estimate of legal fees has been provided we will stick to that estimate or, where the services provided are greater than initially anticipated, we will revise the estimate well in advance of performing the work. We don’t send accounts for payment that exceed estimates, so there are no surprises.
- Not charging for the “small” stuff: We don’t charge for the “small” stuff like: low scale printing / photocopying or disbursement charges for faxes and phone calls. You can contact us to find out more.
- Being amenable to alternative fee arrangements: Engaging a lawyer can be expensive. We appreciate that our clients may be interested in a fee structure other than standard hourly billing. These include fixed costs (see our fixed fee mediation strategy for example) or success based fees.
- Seeking alternative dispute resolution at an early stage if appropriate to do so: More disputes are finalised after mediation than after a trial. Our experience suggest that clients gain from referring cases to mediation or other modes of alternative dispute resolution early.