No, you do not need legal advice, although your option to appoint legal representation remains.
The right to legal representation has not changed but new thresholds are in place for the reimbursement of legal fees. Legal costs through the CTP Scheme are no longer being awarded if the total compensation payment is $25,000 or less. Limitations also apply to claims where the total amount of compensation is between $25,000 and $100,000.
Irrespective of the legal costs that may be recoverable, there will always be a component of any legal fee (usually called solicitor client fees) that is not claimable from the CTP insurer. Therefore, you should ask your solicitor to fully explain their billing practices. Your lawyer should provide you with the following information in writing:
- Nature of work expected to be undertaken.
Method of billing and any additional costs or fees to be incurred.
Estimate of expected legal costs (which should be reviewed as your case progresses).
Your rights regarding any dispute between you and the lawyer.