TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT (UNFAIR DISMISSAL)
The following terms apply to all unfair dismissal clients within South Australia.
We confirm that you wish for us to act for you in a South Australian unfair dismissal claim.
We are prepared to accept act for you in this matter upon your agreement to the following terms.
2. Scope of the Legal Work
2.1 You have instructed us to act for your Unfair Dismissal matter up to and including a Conciliation Conference at the Fair Work Commission.
2.2 We will accept instructions from you and representing you
3. Doing the Work
As previously advised, you have a primary legal practitioner responsible for and in control of this matter. This legal practitioner is also the person whom you may contact with regard to legal costs. However, there may be changes of legal practitioner responsible over time (which will be notified to you) and other legal practitioners or legal staff may work on the matter from time to time as we consider necessary.
5. Goods and Services Tax (‘GST’)
Our fees are subject to GST. Under these Terms the amounts or rates quoted for fees are inclusive of GST.
It is a term of this engagement that you, as client, pay not only our fees but any GST in respect of those fees.
To the extent that disbursements we incur for you or on your behalf are subject to GST, GST will also be payable by you in respect of those disbursements.
6. Legal Costs – Your Right to Know
You have the right to:
- negotiate a costs agreement with us;
- receive a bill of costs from us;
- request an itemised bill of costs after you receive a lump sum bill from us;
- request written reports about the progress of your matter and the costs incurred in your matter;
- apply for costs to be adjudicated within 6 months if you are unhappy with our costs;
- apply for the costs agreement to be set aside;
- make a complaint to the Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner (if you believe there has been overcharging);
- accept or reject any offer we make for an interstate costs law to apply to your matter;
- notify us that you require an interstate costs law to apply to your matter.
For more information about your rights, please read the fact sheet titled Legal Costs—your right to know. You can ask us for a copy or obtain it from the Law Society of South Australia (or download it from their website).
7. Trust Money
7.1. We require you to pay $2,000.00 including GST into our trust account upon signing of these terms of engagement
8.1. You have the right to terminate our services at any time.
8.2. Upon good cause such as failure to comply with the terms of this agreement or if in our view the necessary relationship of confidence no longer exists between us we have a right upon reasonable notice to terminate our engagement and cease acting for you, and in litigation
matters apply to be removed from the Court file as your legal practitioners.
8.3. All fees and expenses incurred prior to termination by either you or us are then immediately billable to you.
8.4. Subject to any Court order to the contrary or consequent agreement to the contrary, you agree that we are entitled to retain all moneys, papers and records relating to this matter until our bills are paid.
9. Conflicts of Interest
We will not intentionally become involved in a situation where there is a conflict of interest of a legal nature between you, us and/or another client but if through inadvertence or unforeseen circumstances this should occur we may be obliged to terminate the engagement in this matter.
10. Storage of Records
10.1 We operate an electronic filing system. We do not store paper records for the majority of your documents. In most cases we will scan your documents and give them back to you.
10.3 We store your files for seven (7) years after completion of the matter. We do not charge for this storage but if you require us to retrieve anything stored by us after completion of the matter, you agree that we will charge you a reasonable fee for that service. You authorise us to destroy any of your files retained by us after seven (7) years following the completion of the matter. We encourage you to collect your file from us for your own records within seven (7) years after completion of the work.
10.4 All reasonable steps must be taken to keep personal information confidential, destroy or de-identify personal information if it is no longer needed for any purpose for which the information may be used or disclosed. The information obtained cannot be disclosed to any other person without the client’s consent being provided in the terms of engagement or through their instructions.
10.5 Boylan’s staff members are trained to maintain professional standards of confidentiality in their contact with clients, barristers and other professionals. Boylan’s has a policy of requiring staff to sign confidentiality agreements re the non-disclosure of personal information of clients. This is in addition to the staff being bound by the professional conduct rules.
10.6 Files are available only to staff members who have a need to use them for the purpose of providing the legal service. Computer data bases containing information are protected by passwords known only to Boylan’s staff. Boylan’s collect electronic data containing matter documents, such as; correspondence, statements, Court Documents, file notes, terms of engagement, client authorities and other documents relating to a specific matter. Where this data is cloud hosted, the cloud hosting services are to be provided in Australia. Boylan’s also collect electronic data containing client contact information, such as; name, address, email, phone number and other contact information. Where this data is cloud hosted it may be hosted in Australia or overseas. Whether data is hosted in Australia or Overseas through a cloud hosting provider, all reasonable steps will be taken to ensure the information is appropriately protected. Emailed information is handled confidentially according to Boylan’s policy and procedures.
10.7 Personal information held by Boylan’s has been provided, with consent, by clients themselves or referrers on their behalf. A client may have access to his/her personal details which are held in his/her own personal record in accord with the provisions of the Australian Privacy Principles. Information to be provided to client must be provided to him/her personally after it has been clearly established that he/she is the person about whom the information is requested. If a client considers that Boylan’s has breached his/her privacy or this policy, he/she may complain to the Managing Partner.
11. Your Agreement to Work with Us
It is a term of this agreement that you will reply to correspondence, return phone calls, respond reasonably to requests for instructions, information and documents, and pay accounts or pay money into trust when reasonably required. If you do not work with us in these ways, then we may terminate this agreement. In such circumstances, you agree that you will file a notice of acting in person in any current court proceedings in which we have been acting for you.
It is a term of the engagement that should we receive any money from you or on your behalf other than for a specified purpose, we are at liberty to apply that money in payment of our outstanding accounts if nothing has been heard from you disputing the accounts within 7 days after delivery.
We own the copyright in all documents we author in supplying our services and you have the right to use those documents only for the purposes for which they are supplied.
14. Applicable law
These Terms are governed by South Australian law. All parties consent to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of South Australia with regard to any dispute arising under or out of them.
15. Your Agreement to These Terms
15.1 Please contact Boylan Lawyers if there is anything in these Terms which you do not understand or with which you disagree. You are also entitled to seek independent legal advice on the contents of the above Terms.