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Contact our firm today for a free case assessment about your legal matter. It costs nothing to find out if we can help in the situation you face.

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Free Case Assessment – Call 1300 AFT LEGAL

Our no-obligation, free case assessment allows individuals and businesses to speak to our firm by telephone for up to 15 minutes without charge to see if we can help in your case. We:

  • obtain your contact information and preliminary details about your case;

  • assist to identify the areas of law that may be involved in your case;

  • determine if we have a lawyer with the capacity to advise and represent your interests in resolving the legal issue; and,

  • give a quote or a preliminary indication of the likely fees involved.

If we thereafter are engaged to advice or representation about your matter, we will provide a transparent cost arrangement for your case. We seek to have our clients confident about the funding arrangements for their legal matter from start to finish.

A POINT OF DIFFERENCE

Courtroom Expertise

The founding principals of Anderson Fredericks Turner were the few practising solicitors in Queensland who had been accredited as barristers and worked in that role for a number of years before operating a law firm.

AFT prides itself on a tradition of associate lawyers who have significant litigation experience in courtrooms and contested hearings.

If you want lawyers who are not still trying to find their feet, we have the courtroom expertise to afford you the best representation for your case.

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WHY CHOOSE US

Courtroom Expertise

The founding principals of Anderson Fredericks Turner were the few practising solicitors in Queensland who had been accredited as barristers and worked in that role for a number of years before operating a law firm.

AFT prides itself on a tradition of associate lawyers who have significant litigation experience in courtrooms and contested hearings.

If you want lawyers who are not still trying to find their feet, we have the courtroom expertise to afford you the best representation for your criminal law case.

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Free Case Assessment

Contact our firm today for free case assessment about your legal matter. It costs nothing to find out if we can help in the situation you face.

Our no-obligation, free case assessment allows individuals and businesses to speak to our firm by telephone for up to 15 minutes without charge to see if we can help in your case. We:

  • obtain your contact information and preliminary details about your case;

  • assist to identify the areas of law that may be involved in your case;

  • determine if we have a lawyer with the capacity to advise and represent your interests in resolving the legal issue; and,

  • give a quote or a preliminary indication of the likely fees involved.

If we thereafter are engaged to advice or representation about your matter, we will provide a transparent cost arrangement for your case. We seek to have our clients confident about the funding arrangements for their legal matter from start to finish.

Legal Funding: A Starting Point

In discussing legal costs, explaining why our firm is worth it is only half the story. It is also necessary to explain why we believe our clients are worth our best.

We – as a firm – are passionate about representing every one of clients to an equal standard and to the best of our ability. The focus of our firm is not on the wealth, privilege or poverty of individual clients. It is about standing up for what is right and what is just.

Anderson Fredericks Turner is a firm with one focus – affording every one of our clients the best representation possible. We offer a free case assessment to individuals and businesses interested to see if we can help in their case.

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To book a free case assessment Call Now: 1300 AFT LEGAL (1300 238 534)

Questions to Expect

There are a number of questions that individuals should expect to be asked by a lawyer from the outset, which often will form part of an initial consultation or review.

It is important for individuals to feel free to be clear about the answers they are expecting or hoping for from engaging with a lawyer. It can obviously vary what answers a person will be seeking and how much of a concern certain issues are in a particular case.

When speaking to a lawyer about a legal issue, it is communication that is generally (not always) covered by legal professional privilege. This means that what is discussed between a lawyer and their client is confidential, unless there is some reason the privilege is waived or an exception applies. One of the main purposes of legal professional is to enable a person to be frank with a lawyer about their situation, which allows them to get frank legal advice in return.

If an individual engaging with a lawyer deliberately or accidentally leaves out an important detail, fact or piece of evidence, it may have a detrimental effect on the outcome of a case.

There are a number of questions a person should expect when seeking to engage a lawyer. The questions will be directed to establish a range of issues, including:

  • The nature of the legal issue or issues involved;
  • Who are the parties involved in the litigation, including any relevant relationships as part of a conflict of interest check;
  • Whether the prospective client has had previous legal representatives or legal advice;
  • The timeframes involved, including those that have already passed; and,
  • Action already taken that may limit or complicate the legal options.

In order to answer some of the questions a lawyer may ask, it may be predictable that a particular document or piece of evidence will be quite critical to the initial advice to be provided by a lawyer. While it is the task of the lawyer to seek the information that is important to the case, sometimes bringing along important documents or evidence can assist the lawyer in assessing the legal issues.

These questions inform the answers that a person should expect from a lawyer at the outset.

Answers to Expect

An initial consultation with a lawyer ought to provide a number of answers to a legal issue. While in some cases the answers provided will resolve the legal issue, there will be many occasions where further legal advice or representation will be sought from a lawyer.

When speaking to a lawyer about a legal issue, it is communication that is generally (not always) covered by legal professional privilege. This means that what is discussed between a lawyer and their client is confidential, unless there is some reason the privilege is waived or an exception applies. One of the main purposes of legal professional is to enable a person to be frank with a lawyer about their situation, which allows them to get frank legal advice in return.

A person may generally expect the answers dealing with the following issues:

  • The possible or likely benefits, risks or consequences of the legal issue (to the extent known), or the information required to be in a position to provide such advice;
  • The possible or likely options for resolving and litigating the legal issue, or the information required to be in a position to provide such advice;
  • The possible or likely timeframes involved in resolving the legal issue, or the information required to be in a position to provide such advice; and,
  • The possible, likely or definite costs of the lawyer providing advice or representation (including what will be included and excluded as part of the legal costs).

Anderson Fredericks Turner works to give clients information and answers in a timely way. If you have a legal question or issue for which you seek answers, contact our lawyers in Brisbane, Beenleigh, Townsville, Southport and on the Sunshine Coast.

How We Think About Legal Fees

Why do we work to make our legal fees affordable and accessible to most people? 

The answer is simply that we believe the legal profession should be a profession committed to service. We should be committed to advancing the interests of our clients and our profession. It is not achieved by distancing our legal fees and service from the broader public. Striving to deliver better service for increasingly better value is the hallmark of an ethical practice and profession.

Every day we ask people to place their trust and faith in the justice system – for lawyers working within that system we should see it as our task to vindicate that faith and trust. We seek to do our best work for every client. Sometimes we are called to advise or represent the owner of a successful business, other times a marginalised person with mental health issues. Most often we are called to represent everyday people confronted by an extraordinary situation in their lives. People who just want the protections the law can afford them – so they can get on with their life.

We take on some of the most complex cases that go before our courts. We also welcome those that turn out to be simple and straightforward.

The cases we handle – and the cases in which we succeed – justifies our reputation as a law firm and explains why we excel in our chosen areas of focus.

Legal Funding Arrangements

Across our firm we perform work utilising different types of legal funding arrangements that are specific and suitable to the area of law and type of case.

There is good reason for lawyers and law firms to provide different fee structures to clients. Certain legal work is high in volume and low in variability. Other legal work is low in volume and can vary significantly, such that no two cases are alike. We tailor our fee arrangements to provide value to our clients.

Certain legal funding arrangements are not always available or appropriate. For instance, the law in Queensland prohibits ‘no win, no fee’ cost agreements for criminal law cases. Likewise, although some lawyers within Anderson Fredericks Turner perform volunteer work with community legal centres, our pro bono work within the firm is restricted to cases where there is a real public interest or substantial issue of justice and a genuine inability to fund lawyers.

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Capped Legal Fees

Capped legal fees involve agreed services being provided for an agreed maximum price. The purpose of capped legal fees is to provide certainty for a client of a law firm of the maximum legal costs they will incur for the services they need.

Capped fees are most appropriate where a legal issue may be resolved in a simple way, but it can be foreseen that some further work may be required. When fees are structured this way, the costs incurred are likely to be lower – sometimes much lower – than the ‘cap’.

Our experience is that in cases where the work is straightforward or easily defined, capped legal fees are preferred by our clients. Examples of situations where we may negotiate a capped fee arrangement include:

  • Applying for bail in the Supreme Court
  • Negotiating for a charge to be discontinued with a Prosecutor
  • Representing a client for a plea of guilty in the Magistrates Court

Capped fees can also be used to define particular ‘events’ or ‘stages’ for a more complex legal issues where there may be multiple steps that can be defined and separated.

Benefits of Capped Legal Fees

Anderson Fredericks Turner can offer competitive capped legal fees for most criminal law, employment law, traffic law and domestic violence proceedings. We seek to provide our clients with a full outline of their legal costs at the earliest time.

At the heart of our law firm is the drive to deliver legal services in an innovative and affordable way. We do that so that our firm truly represents the values that we aspire to – that we may deliver the best legal services in the most economical way.

We are now established across multiple locations for one simple reason. Our firm knows that there is a difference between cutting costs and cutting corners. We do not cut corners. Anderson Fredericks Turner is only interested in delivering the highest standard of legal services.

Capped legal fees are subject to standard conditions that are set out in a written cost agreement. If you wish to know the legal costs for a particular case and whether a fixed or capped legal fees are in your interests, contact us today.

Fixed Fees

Fixed fees involve agreed services being provided for an agreed price.

We see the purpose of fixed fees as providing certainty for our clients as to precisely what their fees will be for the services they need.

Our experience is that in cases where the work is straightforward or easily defined, fixed fees are often preferred by our clients. Examples of situations where we may negotiate a fixed fee arrangement include:

  • Applying for bail after being remanded in custody;
  • Pleading guilty to a first offence in the Magistrates Court;
  • Applying for a work licence in the Magistrates Court;
  • Providing written advice about a particular legal issue.

Fixed fees can also be used to define particular ‘events’ or ‘stages’ for a more complex legal issues where there are multiple steps that can be clearly defined and separated. For example, a criminal law issue may involve a series of predictable or routine steps that do not involve significant variation in the work required. In order to ensure predictability of costs, an agreement may be structured so that such steps are fixed or capped at a particular rate.

How Clients Benefit from Fixed Fees

We see it as our mission to make the best lawyers more accessible to more people. We can do that by driving down the costs of delivering premium legal services.

Anderson Fredericks Turner is one of the largest and leading criminal law firms in Queensland. Operating across multiple locations, our volume of work has allowed us to identify repetitive tasks that can be automated or made more efficient. It means we can spend time on the real issues that affect your case, which often saves both time and money.

Our size, skills and organisation means we can deliver premium legal services for among the most competitive rates in our industry.

There are some things that lawyers or their clients can’t control. Court hearings may take longer than expected, a lawyer may discover additional legal issues that require attention, or there may be delays in obtaining a piece of evidence. Some issues are simply beyond the control of a lawyer and their client. Delays or complications can result in significantly higher legal costs. It is the reason fixed legal costs can be the solution for many people who want to know exactly what they are going to pay taking into account all the variables.

If you wish to speak to a lawyer at Anderson Fredericks Turner about fixed legal costs, contact our firm today to set up a consultation . Often, our lawyers are able to speak with you immediately, or on the same day, about whether we can help you with your case.

Applying for Legal Aid Grants? We can Help.

Anderson Fredericks Turner is a trusted and preferred supplier of legal services for Legal Aid Queensland in Brisbane, Beenleigh, and Townsville and on the Sunshine Coast. It means we can assist individuals to apply for legal aid grants through our online portal linked with Legal Aid Queensland.

We can guide you through the application process during an initial consultation with a lawyer, as well as submit your application directly to Legal Aid Queensland.

Our help can make the process of obtaining legal aid grants faster and simpler, allowing you to get legal answers sooner.

Our Services: Legal Aid Grants

There is no need to compromise – if you want one of the largest and top criminal law firms in Queensland, choose us. We can help you.

If you wish to apply for a grant of legal aid through Anderson Fredericks Turner, contact our firm today to set up a consultation with one of our lawyers. Often, our lawyers are able to speak with you the same day to get your application for legal funding processed.

We are able to represent individuals for cases involving criminal law issues in Queensland.

For your consultation with our firm , we ask you to have with you the following documents:

  • Your health care or pensioner concession card. If you bring a photocopy, it is important to include both sides of the card.
  • If you are employed, your three most recent pay slips
  • Bank statements covering the previous three months for all of the bank accounts you control.
  • These documents, as well as the Application, often form the starting point of what is required by Legal Aid Queensland.
  • If you want Anderson Fredericks Turner to represent you on a grant of legal aid funded either by Legal Aid Queensland or the Attorney General’s Department, contact us to learn more as to how we can help you.

“No Win, No Fee” Cost Agreements

On occasions Anderson Fredericks Turner may accept a retainer on the basis of a ‘No Win, No Fee’ Cost Agreements (not available for Criminal Law matters).

‘No Win, No Fee’ Cost Agreements, otherwise known as Contingency Cost Agreements, involve a law firm assuming some financial risk in representing a client. Under a ‘No Win, No Fee’ Cost Agreement, the client does not incur certain fees if their claim or action is unsuccessful, although there may be some legal fees or other charges they may be liable to pay in certain instances.

For this reason, a ‘No Win, No Fee’ Cost Agreement does not mean there will be no liability for any costs of any kind at any stage. In some instances, certain legal work or expert reports may be required to be paid upfront, whereas other work may be subject to the contingency costs. Often, a person will not be indemnified from having to pay the legal costs of an opposing party in the event of unsuccessful court litigation. As such, before entering into a ‘No Win, No Fee’ Cost Agreement, it is essential that both the law practice and the prospective client understands what is – and what is not – included or excluded as part of an agreement as to costs.


Pro Bono
Agreements

If you are seeking free legal help or assistance, contacting a community legal centre can often be a productive first step to getting the answers you seek.

For some areas, government funding makes legal services accessible to people for free through grants of legal aid, such as for serious criminal law matters. As part of our commitment to making the services of our firm as accessible as possible, we assist in certain matters through grants available from Legal Aid Queensland.

As an independent legal practice, the work of Anderson Fredericks Turner is sustained by our expertise generating legal fees.

Within Anderson Fredericks Turner, we take on a limited number of cases on a pro bono basis. Additionally, our lawyers volunteer time in community legal centres throughout Queensland. One of our Principal Lawyers, Andrew Anderson, is also one of the contributors to a free publication of Caxton Legal Centre.

Although our capacity to take on cases pro bono is limited, we do seek to help where:

  • we think our skills can make a difference;
  • there is a genuine public interest; and
  • there is no real capacity to fund.

One area we focus our pro bono services is criminal appeals. We have demonstrated success in taking on appeals on a pro bono basis and correcting an injustice. Whether it is overturning a conviction, or demonstrating why a sentence process miscarried, our lawyers have the skill and dedication to represent people on appeal in the Queensland Court of Appeal.

Finding Pro Bono Lawyers

There are many community legal centres that offer pro bono help in many areas of the law. In Queensland, the following community legal centres have lawyers who regularly help people on a pro bono basis:

  • South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre – general community legal centre based in South West Brisbane
  • Prisoners’ Legal Service – specialist service for individuals dealing with prison issues
  • Law Right – general community legal centre based in Brisbane
  • Environmental Defenders Office (Queensland) – specialist service for environmental protection
  • Youth Advocacy Centre – youth justice issues, child protection issues
  • Gold Coast Community Legal Centre – general community legal centre on the Gold Coast
  • North Queensland Women’s Legal Service (Townsville) – specialist services for women based in Townsville
  • Suncoast Community Legal Service – general community legal centre based in Maroochydore
  • Caxton Legal Centre – general community legal centre based in Brisbane
  • Tenants Queensland – specialist service assisting tenants enforcing their rights
  • Women’s Legal Service – specialist service for women based in Brisbane

Areas Covered by Anderson Fredericks Turner

It is important to note that ‘No Win, No Fee’ Cost Agreements are not permitted in Queensland for criminal law matters.

Anderson Fredericks Turner does represent clients on ‘No Win, No Fee’ Cost Agreements for some employment law issues. We believe it provides an effective means for people who have a claim for being unfairly dismissed or who have been subject to employment discrimination to obtain legal representation. Generally, such legal issues coincide with a period of real financial stress for people, so we see ‘No Win, No Fee’ Cost Agreements as a means to provide representation to people who would otherwise financially struggle to find a lawyer.

Taking on certain cases or work under ‘No Win, No Fee’ Cost Agreement can be a significant undertaking. Anderson Fredericks Turner does not take on all employment law issues under such arrangements. Some legal issues simply are not suited to that type of fee structure. In other cases, our firm may only be able to agree to entering into ‘No Win, No Fee’ Cost Agreement after being funded to consider in detail the issues that will be involved in potentially lengthy litigation.

If you have an employment law issue and wish to speak to us about the possibility of a ‘No Win, No Fee’ Cost Agreement, simply contact one of our local offices in Brisbane, Beenleigh, Toowoomba, Townsville and on the Sunshine Coast.

Affordable and Efficient

Anderson Fredericks Turner strives to cut costs in the interests of our clients to make our legal services affordable to as many people as possible. There is a difference between cutting corners and cutting costs. We do not cut corners.

We strive to remain accessible whilst being realistic about the human and other resources necessary to institute or defend serious litigation or to mount an effective defence to serious allegations of criminal or professional misconduct.

As a law firm that operates in multiple local offices across Queensland, we conduct numerous cases relevant to our chosen areas of practice every day. We use the information we gain from each experience to inform us how we can increase our efficiency in our work, as well as the variables encountered in different types of cases.

To cut costs, we also use technology to do more with less. We also have the size, skill and depth of experience to match the right case to the right lawyer, which means we are more productive in our work.

It is obvious that the best legal advice and representation requires a thorough knowledge of the relevant law, a willingness to undertake the necessary preparation with close attention to detail and a capacity to communicate clearly and with precision. Compromising on those qualities would lead to cutting corners. We will always strive to deliver the best legal services.

The cases we handle – and the cases in which we succeed – justifies our reputation as a law firm and explains why we excel in our chosen areas of focus.

More Information

We welcome enquiries and questions about legal fees and legal funding questions.

If you are seeking answers to a particular question and cannot find the information you are looking for, contact us at Anderson Fredericks Turner. You can call, forward us a message or visit one of our multiple locations across Queensland.