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Law of Costs, 4th Edition (Hardcover)
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Law of Costs, 4th Edition (Hardcover)

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ISBN 9780409348446 Also Available in Softcover

Law of Costs provides a comprehensive overview of the Australian law of costs in both the lawyer-client and the party-party context. It addresses all Australian jurisdictions (State and Federal), as well as costs in criminal matters, through the relevant statutes, court rules and case law.



Law of Costs, 4th Edition brings together in one place the legislation, court rules and case law pertaining to the practice of the law of costs in Australia in both the lawyer-client and the party-party context. Accessible and comprehensive, Law of Costsaddresses all Australian jurisdictions (state and Federal) and makes reference to the corresponding laws in the UK, Canda and New Zealand.

Written by esteemed author Professor Gino Dal Pont, Law of Costs examines the law that has developed surrounding how a solicitor or barrister should quantify and handle their own costs. It is a fundamental reference text which includes coverage of appropriate client fees, security for costs, solicitors’ liens, litigation funders and cost agreements.



• Highly esteemed author
• Essential reference for all practitioners 
• Multi-jurisdictional


Related Titles

Dal Pont, Law of Charity, 2nd edition, 2017
Dal Pont, Law of Limitation, 2016
Dal Pont, Law of Associations, 2018
Dal Pont & Mackie, Law of Succession, 2nd edition, 2017


Gino Dal Pont is a Professor of Law at University of Tasmania. He is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (LLD) and the University of Michigan (LLM), is admitted to practice in New South Wales, and is also a Certified Practising Accountant. He has written widely in multiple areas of law, including six books in the LexisNexis Black and Silver series. Professor Dal Pont is General Editor of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia, author of the New South Wales Solicitors Manual, and a regular columnist on legal ethics issues. His teaching involves professional responsibility, trusts and tax.


1. Prologue

Part I – Costs Between Lawyer and Own Client

2. Retainer and Costs Disclosure
3. Costs Agreements
4. Restrictions of the Recovery of Lawyer-Client Costs
5. Assessment of Lawyer and Own Client Bills

Part II – Costs Between Party and Party

6. Jurisdiction and Discretion to Order Costs
7. The Costs Indemnity Rule
8. Ouster of General Rule that Costs Follow the Event
9. Public Interest and Test Case Litigation
10. Costs out of a Fund
11. Costs of Multiple Parties
12. Cost Sanctions for Proceedings in Wrong Court
13. Costs Consequences of Rejected Settlement Offers
14. Timing of Costs Order

Part III – Quantification of Party and Party Costs

15. Nature of Party-Party Costs Quantification
16. Bases of Costs Quantification
17. Allowances on Costs Quantifications Between Party and Party
18. Procedure Relating to Costs Quantification
19. Interest on Party and Party Costs

Part IV – Costs in Appeals

20. Appeals
21. Suitors’ and Appeal Costs Funds Legislation

Part V – Non-Party Costs Orders

22. Costs Orders and Non-Parties
23. Costs Orders Against Lawyers

Part VI – Costs in Criminal Cases

24. Costs in Criminal Cases
25. Costs in Criminal Cases Legislation

Part VII – Securing Costs Entitlements

26. The Retaining Lien
27. The Particular Lien
28. Nature of Security for Costs Order
29. Discretion to Order Security for Costs

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