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Costs Guidebook

The Costs Guidebook is a practical introduction to costs, featuring a suite of customisable precedents for compulsory costs disclosure and fee agreements.

First published in 1994, this popular publication is produced by the Law Society’s Costs Committee and has been regularly revised ever since.


Costs Guidebook 7th Edition

The latest edition applies where instructions first received from your client on or after 1 July 2015 or where proceedings commenced on or after 1 July 2015.

This guidebook incorporates feedback received from practitioners about previous editions and has been written with the needs of young practitioners in mind. The Law Society hopes that it also inspires experienced practitioners to review the engagement, client communication and risk management procedures in their practices.


Online version

Access to the online version of the Costs Guidebook 7th Edition is restricted to members of the Law Society. You will need to log in with your username and password. If you experience difficulties with your login please contact itsupport@lawsociety.com.au.

Chapter 1 - Client Engagement

Chapter 2 - Suggestions for Setting Costs in a Deregulated Environment

Chapter 3 - Disclosure, Costs Agreements and Billing

Chapter 4 - Uniform Law and Costs Assessments

Chapter 5 - Goods and Services Tax

Chapter 6 - Costs Orders Against Practitioners

Chapter 7 - Regulated Costs

Chapter 8 - Workers Compensation

Chapter 9 - Motor Accidents

Chapter 10 - Costs in Family Law Matters

Chapter 11 - Security for Costs, Offers of Compromise, Costs on Discontinuance

 Complete Guidebook

Members of the Law Society may download a free PDF version of the Costs Guidebook 7th Edition.

Where instructions first received from your client before 1 July 2015 or where proceedings commenced before 1 July 2015, please consult the Costs Guidebook 6th Edition Revised.


  • Costs Committee
  • The Law Society of NSW
  • 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • T: (02) 9926 0116
  • F: (02) 9221 5804
    E: costs@lawsociety.com.au