Blackstone works for law firms.
We align ourselves with our clients’ own interests in terms of cost recovery and cost objectives.
The processes differ from state to state. Victoria, with its dedicated Costs Court, tends to be the most efficient state for fee recovery, often taking as little as 3 months from engagement of a costs lawyer to obtaining an Order directing costs payable as taxed.
NSW tends to take much longer for resolution of practitioner/client disputes, often taking 6 months and, in many cases, as much as 12 months from engagement of a costs lawyer to obtaining a Certificate of Determination quantifying costs assessed as fair and reasonable.
The other states tend to fall within these two extremes, with Queensland being a relatively efficient state, but timeframes there are dependent on which Court-appointed costs assessor is engaged by the parties.