Legal Fees for Civil litigation in SG
Practice area(s) involved in the matter
Depending on the case and how rare that expertise is, litigators may have different charge on them.
Suing companies or people of different reasons might all have very different starting points in terms of fees, depending on the current market for each practice area.
Law firm-specific factors
Every lawyer and law firm will charge different rate for even the same work due to factors like:
- The size or location of the firm
- The seniority of or demand for a particular lawyer
- Whether the lawyer or law firm has a reputation for a particular practice area
Every lawyer and law firm will have a floor of fees which they cannot undercut without losing money after paying their overheads, and that floor will be different in every firm.
Complexity of the matter
The amount of time and effort needed to put into the matter or case, complexity of the matter and amount of lawyers needed to help will be pre-assessed by the lawyer.
Some case may only take fewer man-hours and resources than a huge dispute that involves bigger companies and complexity.
Quantum of the dispute
Quantum of dispute could mean the amount you are claiming for and it might take effect on the charge of legal fees.
If the quantum of the dispute is high, the case will be heard in the High Court instead of the District Court and Magistrate’s Court. The market of High Court litigators is a smaller and more expensive one and having to enter that market will increase your fees significantly.
Generally, a very high quantum also means a lot of work is required and higher priority with more attention from the lawyer- which equals to higher fees.
Other Costs to Factor in
Apart from the lawyer’s professional fees, you also need to factor in other costs such as expenditures.
Decide is you need an expert witness that chargers their own fees for the reports and/or attendance at trial to give evidence and travel expenses.
Other major expenses include huge quantities of documents that may need to be produced and organised. Don’t forget to take into account the court’s filing fees.
Should you lose the case, be prepared for orders of costs against you that can cause delay to or lose any ancillary applications. You should be advised by your lawyer on how much to expect in this matter.
Your conflicting part may also make certain applications that may result in you incurring costs- application for you to provide security for costs before the case can proceed.
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