Queenslanders going through separation or divorce can now access fixed fees in family law matters at law firm Slater and Gordon, with the expansion of its unique fee structure into Queensland.
The fixed fee service will be offered in Queensland from next week and will bring an end to one of the greatest uncertainties confronting people dealing with a relationship breakdown – open-ended costs for family law matters.
Slater and Gordon Brisbane Family Lawyer, Paul Byrne, said that with many marriages, de facto and same sex relationships breaking down; break-ups involving children; and property disputes in the State, now is an important time to bring fixed fees into Queensland.
“Break-ups can be mentally and financially draining. Our fixed fee offering means that we can give people peace of mind about what they will pay for our services at all stages of a family law matter – from the beginning to the end,” Mr Byrne said.
“The advantage for clients who chose our fixed fee service is that they will know what they have agreed to before any work starts.
“Our clients will be paying for the agreed value of the work we do and the outcome, not the time it takes,” he said.
Mr Byrne also said the financial certainty of fixed fees can mean the potential advantage of better-resourced partners is reduced, contributing to a more level playing field.
“Since the 1970s, we’ve seen a significant increase in the country’s divorce rate, as well as more and more couples choosing to live in de facto and same sex relationships, which can make some family law matters quite complex.”
Slater and Gordon National Practice Group Leader Ian Shann, said that he was proud Slater and Gordon was the first national law firm in Australia to introduce a fixed fee service for family law.
“We have spent the past 12 months developing the fixed fee arrangement, which was successfully rolled out in Victoria last year. I’m proud to announce that this service will also be expanded into Queensland, as well as New South Wales and Western Australia,” Mr Shann said.
Paul Byrne, who commenced work with Slater and Gordon in January, said he was proud to be part of a firm that provides sensible, practical and realistic advice.
“My approach to family law is to provide value to our clients and focus on achieving the best results. We encourage settlements, not arguments,” he said.
Paul grew up in Queensland and has been providing legal services to clients in South East Queensland for almost 20 years. He also provides guest lectures to students studying law at the Queensland University of Technology.