These Standard Terms of Engagement (“Terms”) apply in respect of all work carried out by us for you, except to the extent that we otherwise agree with you in writing.
Fees Based on the reasonable fee factors prescribed in the Rules of Conduct and Client Care, our fees for the services we provide for you are based on:
Fees will be invoiced regularly and whenever significant work is being undertaken. Any disbursements and expenses that we incur on your behalf will also be included in our invoices on top of our fees. All invoices are payable within 7 days of the date of the invoice, subject to any alternative arrangements made with us.
Payment of Fees
If payment is not made within the specified due date, we may:
Additionally, we reserve the right to investigate your credit status at any time throughout the retainer.
Responsibility for Payment You remain responsible at all times for payment of our invoices, regardless of any arrangements made with third parties.
Security We may require you to pre-pay amounts to us, or to provide security for our fees. You therefore authorise us:
All information we acquire about you or your affairs will be kept confidential outside of our firm. Such information will only be disclosed as necessary to enable us to carry out your instructions and as required by the Law Society Rules of Conduct and Client Care for Lawyers.
You may terminate our retainer at any time. We may also terminate our retainer in any of the circumstances set out in the Law Society’s Rules of Conduct and Client Care for Lawyers. You must pay us all fees due up to the date of termination and all expenses incurred up to that date.
You authorise us to destroy all files and documents for this matter, other than any documents that we hold in safe custody for you, 7 years after our engagement ends, or earlier if we have converted those files and documents to an electronic format.
If a conflict of interest arises, we will advise you of this in the first instance and follow the requirements and procedures set out in the Rules.
Our duty of care is owed to you and not to any other person. Before any other person may rely on our advice, we must expressly agree to this.
Our trust account is maintained to hold all funds we receive from clients. If we are holding significant funds on your behalf, these funds will normally be lodged into an interest-bearing deposit (IBD) Account with a bank. We will charge an administration fee of 10% of the interest derived. Where the amount of interest likely to be earned is minimal compared with the administrative costs (minimum $50.00 per transfer), we may decide that it is impracticable to deposit the trust money in an IBD Account.
These Terms apply to any current and future engagement, whether or not we send you another copy of them. We are entitled to change these Terms from time to time without further notice to you. In the event of significant changes in these Terms, we will send you a copy of amended Terms.
Our relationship with you is governed by New Zealand law and New Zealand courts have exclusive jurisdiction.
Set out below is the information required by the Rules of Conduct and Client Care for Lawyers of the New Zealand Law Society (“Law Society”).
We are always available for our clients.
Prestige can assist with catering, transport, wifi and can even arrange to meet on location.
We accept credit card and digital payment via Alipay.
We can arrange transport to and from the airport and Court. We can also arrange helicopter flights.
Auckland: +64 9 303 4400