Workers Compensation Regulation 2010
Division 2 Costs recoverable in compensation matters
Subdivision 1 Preliminary
97 Application of Division
This Division is made under section 337 of the 1998 Act and applies to the following costs payable on a party and party basis, on a practitioner or agent and client basis or on any other basis:(a) costs for legal services or agent services provided in or in relation to a claim for compensation, and(b) costs for matters that are not legal or agent services but are related to a claim for compensation.Note.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.
Subdivision 2 Maximum costs recoverable by legal practitioners and agents in compensation matters
98 Maximum costs recoverable
(1) The costs that are recoverable, and the maximum costs that are recoverable, for:(a) legal services or agent services provided in or in relation to a claim for compensation, andare the costs set out in Schedule 6, except as otherwise provided by this Part.(b) matters that are not legal or agent services but are related to a claim for compensation,Note.The effect of this clause is that a legal practitioner or agent cannot recover any costs in relation to a claim for compensation unless those costs are set out in Schedule 6, except as otherwise provided in this Part.(2) If there is a change in the legal practitioner or agent retained by a party in or in relation to a claim made or to be made for compensation, the relevant costs are to be apportioned between the legal practitioners or agents concerned.(3) If there is a dispute as to such an apportionment, either legal practitioner or agent concerned (or the client) may refer the dispute to the Registrar for determination.(4) A legal practitioner or agent has the same right of appeal against a determination made under subclause (3) as the legal practitioner or agent would have under clause 135 if the determination were a determination made by the Registrar in relation to a bill of costs.Note.Division 3 of Part 3.2 of the Legal Profession Act 2004 requires barristers and solicitors, before providing any legal services to a client, to provide the client with a written disclosure of the basis of the costs (or an estimate of the likely costs) of legal services concerned.
99 Maximum costs involving medical or related treatment or certain fees for health service providers
In workers compensation matters, the costs that are recoverable, and the maximum costs that are recoverable, in respect of costs of a kind referred to in clause 96 or Part 3 of Schedule 6 are, if section 61 of the 1987 Act or section 339 of the 1998 Act applies in respect of costs of that kind, costs equal to the amount fixed by or by order under the section concerned.
100 Costs not recoverable in certain circumstances (workers compensation matters)
(1) This clause applies to workers compensation matters.(2) No amount is recoverable for costs (including disbursements) that are referred to in neither clause 96 nor Schedule 6.(3) No amount is recoverable for costs for any service or matter unless the claim or dispute (or the relevant aspect of the claim or dispute) to which the service or matter relates is resolved or otherwise dealt with in accordance with Schedule 6.(4) Despite subclause (3), if an appeal is lodged in respect of a claim or dispute, no amount is recoverable for costs for any service or matter (or the relevant aspect of the claim or dispute) unless the appeal is determined, is withdrawn or lapses.