Explanation of Legal Fees and Terms
Fees are the hourly rates we charge (excluding disbursements) for the work we do for each Client by rendering the professional services of each Attorney of this Firm. These fees as well as our full terms and conditions are set out in the Mandate and Fee Agreement which the Client signs. They describe what we require for the professional execution of our optimum legal skills in order tofulfillthe Clients instruction and beeffective in the advancement of our Clients best legal interests pursuant to the Clients requirements.
Disbursements are basically funds which the Firm must pay to Service Providers on your behalf. They include, but are not limited to, Advocates' (counsel's) fees, witnesses' fees (including the charges of expert witnesses), sheriffs' charges, courier' charges, photocopying and faxing charge, e-mails, revenue stamps, travel expenses.
The hourly rate refers to whichever of the Firm's Attorneys will be attending you and handling your matter. That Attorney will be your Attending Attorney throughout your matter and performs the services in accordance with your instructions and requirements. The fees reflected in the Mandate and Fee Agreement escalate annually on the 1st day of each January as reflected more fully in clause 3 thereof.
Statements of account are rendered on a regular monthly basis containing reference to fees (where raised during the month in question), disbursements, and interest (if applicable) and credits/payments to which you are entitled.
Normal Office Hours - are 08h00 through to 16h30, Monday to Friday (without interruption); all work done by us reasonably outside normal hours is still charged at our normal standard rate and is not levied at an increased tariff, save for work done on Sundays, Public Holidays and urgent matters, which will be charged at 2 x our standard tariff rate.
Special Set Fees
Occasionally we do charge set fees for certain matters, i.e. ANCs or Unopposed Divorces or Wills or whatever we see fit to treat in this manner from time to time. Such arrangements will be made specifically with our Clients accordingly.
Tariff of Charges (Private Tariff)
The charges raised by the following service providers within the Firm are based on the following hourly rates (exclusive of VAT).
Service Provider Charge per hour Incl. VAT
Managing Director R3 000.00 R3 420.00
Attorneys R1 755.00 R2 000.00
R1 500.00 R1 710.00
Candidate Attorneys R1 000.00 R1 140.00
Clients are billed at the above hourly rates or proportionate thereof.
External Service Providers
Where it is necessary for us to enlist the aid of external Service Providers on your behalf, i.e., Sheriffs, Advocates (Counsel), Expert Witnesses, Other Experts, Auditors or Transcribers; we act as your Agent and create a contract between you and the Service Provider which makes you liable directly to the service provider for his/her charges. There are however certain outside service providers (such as, for example, Advocates (Counsel), Forensic Auditors and Tax Consultants) who absent an agreement with them and us to the contrary, would look directly to this firm for payment of their accounts; in these circumstances the payment by us to such outside service providers shall represent a disbursement effected by us for and on your behalf.
All disbursements shall be charged as follows (exclusive of VAT):
Open file fee : R600.00 (plus VAT);
Travelling Expenses : R5.00 per km; plus parking expenses;
Messenger Fee :R75 00 per each service
plus R5 00 per km for each and every service (beyond a 14 km radius
Photocopies : R2.85 (plus VAT) per page;
Telephone Calls : per minute and no lesser part thereof
Landlines : R 3.05
Cell Phones : R 4.25
Courier Services :the actual charge to us by the outside service provider;
Various service providers contracted by us in the execution of our mandate: the actual amount charged by that service provider where we are directly liable to the service provider (such as, for example, Counsel and Tax Consultants).
The fees and disbursements referred to above will escalate on the 1st of each January by 10% per annum
Martin Vermaak Attorneys, Endaweni, Ballyclare Place, 14 Ballyclare Place, Bryanston, Sandton
P O Box 78705, Sandton 2146
Tel: (011) 875 4311
Fax: (011) 706 1599
Docex 180, Randburg.
Company Registration No: 2012/067881/21
VAT Registration No: 402 666 890