Invoicing in Good Faith
At some point your practice may be subject to an audit. Occasionally, it is unclear whether your work makes you eligible for a specific fixed fee or disbursement.
At Aunoa, we recommend erring on the side of caution.
Consider the following true story:
Clare Barrister recently joined the bar after 14 years as a Prosecutor.
At the sentencing stage she was reassigned on Mr Defendant’s PAL 3 matter.
The name of the client seemed familiar. Clare was uncertain whether she had worked on his matter while with Police. Two hours later she had prepared the file, reviewed the disclosure and procedural history, called the Courts for the CRI, and recorded her time.
She was ready to bill for Preliminary Work.
She then received a call from her former colleagues at the Crown. They were confused - she had worked on his matter after all.
As she could no longer work on the file, she contacted legal aid and informed them that reassignment was necessary, without filing an invoice.
Unfortunately it is occasionally necessary to write off time, even if it was spent productively.
At Aunoa, we recommend doing so wherever you feel any doubt over your eligibility for a fixed fee.