Agent Services


Are you a Legal Firm outside of the metropolitan area in Western Australia in another state in Australia and:

  • involved in a litigation in Perth or its surrounding courts; or
  • seeking to enforce a judgment in Western Australia?

Havilah Legal has the necessary experience and resources to help you.

We are a full service law firm based on the Perth CBD with an establish presence and experience in providing professional services to the legal community locally and nationally. With experienced litigators and support staff based out of our office in Perth, we are in a unique position to offer solicitor agency services to all Western Australian Courts.

We can assist you in avoiding the additional costs and preparation required to meet specific Western Australian court and tribunal procedures and deadlines.

What we offer


  • Upfront fixed fee estimates to give your client assurance when you explain the cost benefit of briefing Havilah Legal as your ‘town agent.’
  • Cost-effective value adding to your matter; particularly if you need advice about specific court procedure and pleadings.
  • Same day reporting (by email or telephone) and, if necessary, during proceedings or within a short time following an appearance.

 

JurisdictionServices
Supreme CourtProperty, contract, equity, family provision and estate administration
District CourtContract, motor vehicle, compensation
Magistrates Court Liquidated and unliquidated claims (under $75,000), restraining orders and civil judgments enforcement proceedings

 

Criminal, traffic, regulatory, committal and dog prosecution proceedings

Children’s CourtProsecutions and child protection proceedings
IndustrialIndustrial relations prosecutions and industrial relations commission proceedings
Family Court Directions, conciliations, listing conferences, call overs
State Administrative Tribunal Guardianship proceedings, power of attorney, construction, strata title, professional conduct, equal opportunity, mental health

Firm Profile


Havilah Legal was established in 1998 by Principal Bruce Havilah (formerly Bruce Havilah and Associates). Bruce Havilah, and partner Mark Davies, bring a unique style, proactive attitude and business instinct to the leadership and management of Havilah Legal, ensuring its success and those of its client’s long into the future.

From humble beginnings the firm has grown substantially—fuelled by a foundation build on genuine service, approachability and the establishment of enduring client relationships. We accompany organisations through the business cycle, from formation and market entry, to succession planning and exit, plus everything in between.

Havilah Legal specialises general Debt Recovery and commercial litigation, with expertise and experience in other general areas of law such as corporate and litigation and dispute resolution, estate and succession planning, business law and corporate governance, sports law, employment and workplace law, family law, criminal law and dog attacks.

Over many years the firm has streamlined procedures and practices and retained key staff members who are experienced in all fields of debt collection and enforcement.

Havilah Legal recognises that the law and the legal profession are constantly changing, and we work to keep ahead of this with innovative practice techniques, the integration of technology, and regular communication with clients to keep them informed and aware of legislative changes and the impacts on modern litigation.

Major Practice Areas


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Fees


Havilah Legal offers a highly competitive rate for all work. All Debt Recovery work in Western Australia is charged at a fixed rate fee.

Pursuant to Part 10 of the Legal Profession Act 2008 (WA), we disclose an estimate of costs in each matter as soon as practicable following our engagement. Interest charges are at the court scale and if no sale is application, then a set rate is applied, and our professional fees for a defended case are based on the solicitor’s hourly rate.

We are also prepared to negotiate fixed fee rates for our professional fees in circumstances where an continuing town agent relationship is established (based on anticipated volumes of work and the complexity of instructions).

 

Fixed fee items for debts up to $10,000
ItemCourt/Other fee payable (excluding GST)Havilah Legal fixed professional fee
 IndividualOther than Individual(excluding GST)
Demand
Letter of Demand$55.00
Field call to serve letter of demand (with report)$110.00
Statutory Demand (for corporations)$350.00
Legal proceedings
General Procedure Claim (excluding any work required by a lawyer to review and settle the claim)$120.20$233.20$210.00 + $55.00 for each additional defendant
Application for Substituted Service (not including affidavit)$100.00
Application for Default Judgment$100.00
Application for Pre-Trial Conference (Form 28)$189.00$367.00$100.00
Preparing Repayment Schedule$55.00
Notice of DiscontinuanceIncl preparing, filing etc$209.00
Memorandum of Consent OrdersIncl preparing, filing etc$180.00
Enforcement of a judgment
Application for Means Inquiry hearing$100.00$150.50

 

$115.00

 

Attending Court for Means Inquiry hearing (per attendance)Costs awarded on day$100.00
Application for Warrant of Arrest$260.00 bailiff fee$200.00
Application for Default Inquiry hearing$115.00
Attending Court for Default Inquiry hearing (per attendance)Costs awarded $240.00 and upwards$300.00
Report of outcome of Means or Default Inquiry hearing$50.00
Application for Debt Appropriation Order$51.00$51.00

 

$255.00
Application for Earnings Appropriation Order$51.00$51.00

 

$115.00
Application for Property (Seizure and Sale) Order (Goods)$100.00
+ $163.00 bailiff fee
$150.50

+ $163.00 bailiff fee

$200.00
Application for Property (Seizure and Sale) Order (Real Estate)
(including necessary statutory declarations, affidavits, Landgate application to register etc)
$100.00
+ $163.00 bailiff fee
+ $168.70 Landgate fee
$150.50

+ $163.00 bailiff fee
+ $168.70 Landgate fee

$891.00
Registering an interstate judgment$85.00$112.50$200.00
Registering a judgment of another court or tribunal within the State.$200.00
Bankruptcy notice (for judgment debtors who are individuals and owe more than $5,000)$400.00
Statutory demand (for corporations)$350.00
Note: Court filing fees apply only to the first enforcement application in a particular case
Discontinuing or settling proceedings
Notice of Discontinuance
(including preparing and filing of notice, faxing notice to a credit reporting agency, serving notice by post on judgment debtor and preparing and filing affidavit of service)
$209.00
Memorandum of Consent Orders
(including preparing and filing of memorandum, faxing notice to a credit reporting agency)
$180.00
Application to register Withdrawal of Property (Seizure and Sale) Order$168.70 Landgate fee$100.00
Attendance at settlement (within Perth CBD)$100.00
Miscellaneous items
Emails in relation to an item of work listed in this table (excluding those containing advice or formal legal correspondence between parties)$20.00
Letters in relation to an item of work listed in this table (excluding those containing advice or formal legal correspondence between parties)$20.00
Law clerk making and receiving phone calls to and from client, agents, courts, debtors and third parties$15.00 (per each 10 minute block or part thereof)
Filing documents at Court (by post, fax, email or web)As per their disbursement$25.00
Company extract or land title searchesAs per their disbursement$15.00
Reissue Notice$50.00
Request for Certified Copy of Judgment$145.00
Preparing Repayment Schedule$55.00
Statutory Declaration required to accompany any application listed in this table$100.00
Affidavit required to accompany any application listed in this table$100.00
Interlocutory Application (which is to be heard in the absence of the parties)$100.00

 

Fixed fee items for debts over $10,000 and up to $75,000
ItemCourt/Other fee payable (excluding GST)Havilah Legal fixed professional fee
 IndividualOther than Individual(excluding GST)
Demand
Letter of Demand$80.00
Field call to serve letter of demand (with report)$110.00
Statutory Demand (for corporations)$350.00
Legal proceedings
General Procedure Claim

— up to $50,000
(excluding any work required by a lawyer to review and settle the claim)

$304.20$594.20$435.00 + $55.00 for each additional defendant
General Procedure Claim

— above $50,000

(excluding any work required by a lawyer to review and settle the claim

$485.20$943.20$435.00 + $55.00 for each additional defendant
General Procedure Claim

— above $50,000

(excluding any work required by a lawyer to review and settle the claim

$485.20$943.20$435.00 + $55.00 for each additional defendant
Application for Substituted Service (not including affidavit)$100.00
Application for Default Judgment$155.00
Application for Pre-Trial Conference

— up to $50,000

$345.00$664.00$100.00
Application for Pre-Trial Conference

— above $50,000

$383.00$742.00$100.00
Preparing Repayment Schedule$55.00
Memorandum of Consent Orders$180.00
Enforcement of a judgment
Application for Means Inquiry hearing$162.50$244.00

 

$255.00
Attending Court for Means Inquiry hearing (per attendance)$120.00
Application for Warrant of Arrest$260.00 bailiff fee$255.00
Application for Default Inquiry hearing$255.00
Attending Court for Default Inquiry hearing (per attendance)Awarded on day from $240.00 upwards$300.00
Report of outcome of Means or Default Inquiry hearing$50.00
Application for Debt Appropriation Order$51.00$51.00

 

$255.00
Application for Earnings Appropriation Order$51.00$51.00

 

$255.00
Application for Property (Seizure and Sale) Order (Goods)$162.50
+ $163.00 bailiff fee
$244.00

+ $163.00 bailiff fee

$255.00
Application for Property (Seizure and Sale) Order (Real Estate)
(including necessary statutory declarations, affidavits, Landgate application to register etc)
$162.50
+ $163.00 bailiff fee
+ $168.70 Landgate fee
$244.00

+ $163.00 bailiff fee
+ $168.70 Landgate fee

$891.00
Registering an interstate judgment$85.00$112.50$200.00
Registering a judgment of another court or tribunal within the State.$200.00
Bankruptcy notice (for judgment debtors who are individuals and owe more than $5,000)$400.00
Statutory demand (for corporations)$350.00
Note: Court filing fees apply only to the first enforcement application in a particular case
Discontinuing or settling proceedings
Notice of Discontinuance
(including preparing and filing of notice, faxing notice to a credit reporting agency, serving notice by post on judgment debtor and preparing and filing affidavit of service)
$209.00
General Procedure Claim

— above $50,000

(excluding any work required by a lawyer to review and settle the claim

$485.20$943.20$435.00 + $55.00 for each additional defendant
Application for Substituted Service (not including affidavit)$100.00
Application for Default Judgment$155.00
Application for Pre-Trial Conference

— up to $50,000

$345.00$664.00$100.00
Application for Pre-Trial Conference

— above $50,000

$383.00$742.00$100.00
Preparing Repayment Schedule$55.00
Memorandum of Consent Orders$180.00
Enforcement of a judgment
Application for Means Inquiry hearing$162.50$244.00

 

$255.00
Attending Court for Means Inquiry hearing (per attendance)$120.00
Application for Warrant of Arrest$260.00 bailiff fee$255.00
Application for Default Inquiry hearing$255.00
Attending Court for Default Inquiry hearing (per attendance)Awarded on day from $240.00 upwards$300.00
Report of outcome of Means or Default Inquiry hearing$50.00
Application for Debt Appropriation Order$51.00$51.00

 

$255.00
Application for Earnings Appropriation Order$51.00$51.00

 

$255.00
Application for Property (Seizure and Sale) Order (Goods)$162.50
+ $163.00 bailiff fee
$244.00

+ $163.00 bailiff fee

$255.00
Application for Property (Seizure and Sale) Order (Real Estate)
(including necessary statutory declarations, affidavits, Landgate application to register etc)
$162.50
+ $163.00 bailiff fee
+ $168.70 Landgate fee
$244.00

+ $163.00 bailiff fee
+ $168.70 Landgate fee

$891.00
Registering an interstate judgment$85.00$112.50$200.00
Registering a judgment of another court or tribunal within the State.$200.00
Bankruptcy notice (for judgment debtors who are individuals and owe more than $5,000)$400.00
Statutory demand (for corporations)$350.00
Note: Court filing fees apply only to the first enforcement application in a particular case
Discontinuing or settling proceedings
Notice of Discontinuance
(including preparing and filing of notice, faxing notice to a credit reporting agency, serving notice by post on judgment debtor and preparing and filing affidavit of service)
$209.00

 

Fixed fee items for caveats
ItemCourt/Other fee payable (excluding GST)Havilah Legal fixed professional fee
 IndividualOther than Individual(excluding GST)
Caveats
Preparing Caveat$450.00 + $50.00 for each additional property to be included on caveat
Preparing Statutory Declaration to accompany Caveat$110.00
Lodging Caveat with Landgate
— by hand
$168.70$50.00
Preparing Withdrawal of Caveat$250.00
Attendance at settlement (within Perth CBD)$100.00

PROFESSIONAL COSTS

The Client agrees to pay the following hourly rates for legal professional services and all incidental services (including non-legal services, waiting in court, travelling and so forth), which have been, and are to be, supplied in relation to any particular matter and for which a fixed fee is not otherwise charged:

DescriptionHourly rate (excl. GST)
Principal or Partner$550 per hour
Senior Associate or Associate$475 per hour
Senior Solicitor (> 5 years’ experience)$450 per hour
Solicitor (between 2 and 5 years’ experience)$395 per hour
Junior Solicitor (< 2 years’ experience)$350 per hour
Articled Clerk, Law Clerk, Paralegal or Secretary$220 per hour

DISBURSEMENTS

ItemAmount (excl. GST)
Photocopying$0.50 per page
Printing$0.50 per page
Facsimiles (sending local or standard facsimiles only and excluding time spent)$0.50 per page
Retrieval of file from archives$50.00
Telephone callsMobile and ISD calls, at cost
Courier chargesAt cost
Search feesAt cost
Court and tribunal feesAt cost
Agent feesAt cost
Attendance to lodge or serve documentsAt cost
Counsel feesAt cost, but subject to prior instructions
Expert and witness feesAt cost, but subject to prior instructions
Travel by vehicle$0.70 per kilometre
All other travel and accommodationAt cost
All other disbursementsAt cost