Maximum legal fees

The “50/50 Rule”

In Queensland, most law firms which operate with a ‘No Win, No Fee’ offer are legally entitled to charge you a maximum of 50% of your settlement or court award – if its justified. This maximum charge is known as the ’50/50 rule’.

Our “60/40 Rule”

At ROCHE Legal, we believe you deserve more than just half of your settlement. The maximum charge we will ever justify is only 40%. This means, with us, you are guaranteed to collect a minimum of 60% of your settlement.

Please contact us as conditions apply.

No Win No Fee Comparison

Based on the standard 50/50 rule
vs
ROCHE Legal’s 60/40 rule

Other Law Firms

  • Your Settlement (Minimum): 50%
  • Their Legal Fee (Maximum): 50%

ROCHE Legal

  • Your Settlement (Minimum): 60%
  • Charitable Donation: 5% of our fee
  • Our Legal Fee (Maximum): 40%

A worked example

In ordinary circumstances, if your claim doesn’t go to court and settles for $100,000, with fees under the Costs Agreement being $50,000, then your lawyer’s professional costs under the 50/50 Rule could only be charged as follows:

Calculation – Ordinary 50/50 Rule

50% of ($100,000 less (statutory refunds of say $15,000 in total, plus, disbursements of say $5,000) which is 50% of ($100,000 – $20,000) and equates to ½ of $80,000 = $40,000.


So the total professional costs that your ordinary lawyer could take is $40,000 despite their legal fees really being $50,000.

But at ROCHE Legal, the most we could charge in this scenario is ($80,000 × 40%) = $32,000.

This is an $8,000 difference.

Calculation – ROCHE Legal’s 60/40 Rule

40% of ($100,000 less (statutory refunds of say $15,000 in total, plus, disbursements of say $5,000) which is 40% of ($100,000 – $20,000) and equates to 40% of $80,000 = $32,000.