Standard Terms of Engagement

These Standard Terms of Engagement (“Terms”) apply in respect of all work carried out by me for you, except to the extent that I otherwise agree with you in writing.


1.1 – The services I am to provide for you are outlined in my ‘Letter of Engagement’.


2.1 – Fees

a) The fees I will charge or the manner in which they will be arrived at, are set out in my ‘Letter of Engagement’.

2.2 – Disbursements and expenses

In providing services I may incur disbursements or have to make payments to third parties on your behalf. When such an expense is required to be paid for I will ask for payment from the instructing solicitor in advance so that I can make this payment on your behalf.

2.3 – GST (if any)

Is payable by you on my fees and charges.

2.4 – Invoices

If you require, I will send interim invoices to you through the instructing solicitor, at periodic intervals while I am engaged by you, and on completion of the matter, or termination of my engagement. I may also send you an invoice when I need to make payment on your behalf for a significant expense.

2.5 – Payment

Invoices are payable within 14 days of the date of the invoice, unless alternative arrangements have been made with me.


3.1 – I will hold in confidence all information concerning you or your affairs that I acquire during the course of acting for you. I will not disclose any of this information to any other person except:

a) to the extent necessary or desirable to enable me to carry out your instructions; or

b) to the extent required by law or by the Law Society’s Rules of Conduct and Client Care for Lawyers.

3.2 – I will not disclose to you confidential information which I have in relation to any other client.


4.1 – You may terminate my retainer at any time.

4.2 – I may terminate my retainer in any of the circumstances set out in the Law Society’s Rules of Conduct and Client Care for Lawyers

4.3 – If my retainer is terminated you must pay me all fees due up to the date of termination and all expenses incurred up to that date.


5.1 – You authorise me, without further reference to you, to destroy all files and documents for this matter, other than any documents that I hold in safe custody for you, 7 years after my engagement ends, or earlier if I have converted those files and documents to an electronic format.


6.1 – I have procedures in place to identify and respond to conflicts of interest. If a conflict of interest arises I will advise you of this and follow the requirements and procedures set out in the Law Society’s Rules of Conduct and Client Care for Lawyers.


7.1 – My duty of care is to you and not to any other person.


8.1 – These Terms apply to any current engagement and also to any future engagement, whether or not I send you another copy of them.

8.2 – I am entitled to change these Terms from time to time, in which case I will send you amended Terms.

8.3 – My relationship with you is governed by New Zealand law and the New Zealand courts have non-exclusive jurisdiction.