2. Claim for Damages

The Motor  Accidents Injury Regulation 2017 caps legal costs for motor accident injury claims made on or after 1 December 2017.

The changes:

  1. Prohibit contracting out of maximum solicitor-client costs for claims for a settlement or award of not more than $75,000.
  2. Protect the first $75,000 of a settlement or award from solicitor-client costs. (This means that the maximum solicitor-client costs cannot be more than party-party costs plus the difference between the settlement/award and $75,000.)
  3. Limit legal costs to $15,000 for claims made by children under 18 years of age.

For further information, refer to the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 and Motor Accidents Injuries Regulation 2017.