(1) When considering an application relating to a bill of costs, the Registrar must consider:(a) whether or not it was reasonable to carry out the work to which the costs relate, and(b) whether or not the work was carried out in a reasonable manner, and(c) the fairness and reasonableness of the amount of the costs in relation to that work.(2) The Registrar is to determine the application by confirming the bill of costs or, if the Registrar is satisfied that the disputed costs are unfair or unreasonable, by substituting for the amount of the costs an amount that, in his or her opinion, is a fair and reasonable amount.(3) Any amount substituted for the amount of the costs may include an allowance for any fee paid or payable for the application by the applicant.(4) If a legal practitioner is liable under section 369 (3) of the Legal Profession Act 2004 to pay the costs of the costs assessment (including the costs of the Registrar), the Registrar is to determine the amount of those costs. The costs incurred by the client are to be deducted from the amount payable under the bill of costs and the costs of the Registrar are to be paid to the Commission.(5) The Registrar may not determine that any part of a bill of costs that is not the subject of an application is unfair or unreasonable.Note. Clause 120 requires an assessment of costs to give effect to the maximum costs set out in Schedules 6 and 7, as well as to other matters.
Section 337 (3) and (4) of the 1998 Act provide that a legal practitioner or an agent is not entitled to be paid or recover for a legal service or agent service or other matter an amount that exceeds any maximum costs fixed for the service or matter by regulations under section 337.
Section 343 (1) of the 1998 Act provides that the legal representative or agent of a person in respect of a claim for compensation made or to be made by the person is not entitled to recover from the person any costs in respect of the claim unless those costs are awarded by the Commission.