Rates and Payment

Rates and Payment

Rates

Chris Patterson’s Standard Hourly Rate

NZD$525 \ AUS$475 plus GST (if applicable)

 

Daily Rate for Lead Counsel

NZ High Court, Employment Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court appearances
NZD$3,450 plus GST

 

Law Clerks and Staff Barristers

Hourly rates vary from NZD$185 – NZD$425 plus GST

 

Pro Bono

Chris’ practice includes a proportion of pro bono work for parties who are not entitled to legal aid. Chris is also a member of the lawyers pro bono panel operated by the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand. Pro bono instructions will be accepted subject to the New Zealand Law Society code of ethics relating to barristers and workload.

 

Contingency (No Win No Fee) and Litigation Funding

We offer a number of contingency fee arrangements tailored for specific plaintiff cases.

 

 

Retainer

Why do we ask for a retainer

We regularly request that a retainer be paid at the commencement of any new instruction as security for our work in progress.  We issue fee notes every two weeks.  It is our preference that our fee notes are paid on receipt and that our retainer is returned to you once my final fee note has been paid.

 

Where is the retainer held

The retainer is always held in a solicitor’s trust account.  As with all barristers we do not have a trust account.  Your retainer cannot be accessed without your written permission, usually by way of an email, approval.

 

 

Preferred Payment Methods

Invoice Basis

To make the process of paying as easy as possible our invoices can be paid via bank transfer, online credit card payment or Bitcoin.

  • Bank Transfers should be paid to our ASB account number: 01 0297 0561385 00
    For international transfers the ANZ Bank SWIFT code is: ANZBNZ22
    Please include the invoice number as the reference.
  • Please contact us to make a credit card payment via PayPal.
  • On request a unique Bitcoin address can be generated for an invoice.