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BWJ Law – Fees

How much does it cost?

The services at BWJ Law will suit nearly every situation with our variety of pricing and payment strategies.

Family law matters are often deeply personal, so finding the right solicitor to assist you navigate your case is important. BWJ Law offers a no-obligation initial consultation with one of our friendly solicitors priced at $295 (inc GST) for up to one hour. The initial consultation is a confidential space providing us with the opportunity to discuss your situation in detail, explain the legal elements of your case and most importantly, address your options moving forward.  Additionally, it provides preliminary insight into the most advantageous approach for your case and gives you a chance to assess whether BWJ Law aligns with your values.

Our initial consultations are competitively priced, ensuring you receive great advice at a reasonable cost. Should you decide to continue with our services beyond the initial consultation, our solicitor’s hourly rates will apply. For more details, please refer to the Hourly Rates section on our website.

To book an initial consultation please contact our office on (07) 3390 2344 or email

Our professional fees are charged at an hourly rate. Like other law firms, BWJ Lawyers’ fees are charged at six (6) minute intervals in relation to the time spent on your matter.

Hourly rates:

Partner / Practice Director


Practice Leader


Special Counsel


Senior Associate




Senior Solicitor




Law Graduate






Rates listed are excluding GST

Deferred fee arrangements at BWJ Law offer a flexible payment solution, especially in cases where immediate payment may not be feasible. In these arrangements, payment of our legal fees is deferred until the conclusion of the matter. This option is particularly relevant in family law property matters, where one party may have control of the assets to the exclusion of the other, or in situations where assets exist but lack immediate liquidity. In these types of matters, funds are usually received by each party at settlement. The settlement proceeds will then be applied to pay the deferred fee amount owing to BWJ Law, with the remaining balance transferred to the client. 

Given the nature of deferred fee arrangements, where the law firm may wait months or even years for payment, an uplift will be applied to the total fee upon completion of the matter. This uplift will be in line with the Legal Profession Act 2007 and will not exceed 25%.

The deferred fee arrangement applies to our legal fees only and does not cover other upfront costs that may be incurred throughout the matter such as, the costs to obtain independent material (for example, a property appraisal report) or procedural fees payable directly to the court.

Deferred fee Disclaimer

Deferred fee arrangements at BWJ Law are subject to the complete discretion of the firm and are conditional upon the individual circumstances of the case. BWJ Law reserves the right to refuse offering a deferred fee arrangement retainer. 

It is not unusual for one party to the marriage or de facto relationship to hold most of the assets or bring in most of the income. This can leave the other party in an unfair position of struggling to find the funds to protect their rights.

If you are involved in such a scenario yourself, it is possible to apply for a Court order that would allow for:
The other party to the litigation to provide money to pay for your legal fees; or
That property of the marriage or de facto relationship be sold or have money released to you that would allow you to pay for your legal fees.

An application of this nature is ordinarily brought forth during early stages of the matter, this is to obtain the funds necessary to litigate the matter till it concludes. You would have to prove to the Court that the other part has the ability to meet the payment, as well as meeting any other necessary requirements of the circumstances. This is because the Court cannot simply order a party to produce funds out of nowhere.

There are a number of key legal mechanisms that the Court uses to make such an order and the requirements differ depending on the power used. These applications are technical and are usually complex, so legal representation for the application is highly recommended. Until such time that the application for funding is heard, another option such as deferred fees may be used.

In circumstances where one party to the marriage or de facto relationship is in control of more of the assets or brings most of the income in, it can leave the other party in an unfair position of struggling to find the funds to protect their rights.

In certain situations, the Court may make orders for the sale of property or transfer of assets between parties before a family law matter is resolved on a final basis for the purpose of meeting legal fees. For more information contact our team of expert family lawyers today.

Interim Property Distribution/Hogan order

In circumstances where one party to the marriage or de facto relationship is in control of more of the assets or brings most of the income in, it can leave the other party in an unfair position of struggling to find the funds to protect their rights.

In certain situations, the Court may make orders for the sale of property or transfer of assets between parties before a family law matter is resolved on a final basis for the purpose of meeting legal fees. For more information contact our team of expert family lawyers today.

For information on Filing Fees and Court Event Fees please click here to go to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia website.

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Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas

Legal Bookkeeping & Accounting

Meet Lisa, our seasoned professional who joined our team in August 2022, boasting an impressive background of over two decades in accounting. With a solid foundation in IT and a Bachelor of Science under her belt, Lisa’s journey evolved as she not only managed her own accounting firm but also earned postgraduate degrees in both accounting and commercial law.

In her pivotal role, Lisa is instrumental in maintaining the firm’s compliance and ensuring seamless operations. Her wealth of experience brings a wealth of knowledge to our team, contributing to our success and client satisfaction.

Beyond the numbers, Lisa finds balance in her life through activities like Pilates and walks with her beloved dogs. Her dedication, expertise, and passion make Lisa an invaluable asset to our team, driving us towards excellence in every aspect of our work.

Amy Hayslep

Amy Hayslep


Amy joined our team in December 2022 as a receptionist, where she plays a vital role in managing our firm’s administrative support and daily operations. 

Her commitment to excellence and efficiency has greatly contributed to the smooth running of our office. 

Amy is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business with a focus on Marketing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, a testament to her dedication to professional growth and understanding of business dynamics. 

Amy’s aspiration to integrate her marketing insights into her current role demonstrates her forward-thinking approach and commitment to continuous improvement. Outside of work, Amy enjoys Pilates, baking, and gardening.

Jon Staby

Jon Staby


Jon was born in Windhoek, Namibia and moved with his family to Brisbane in 2005. Jon is currently studying his Bachelor of Laws and aims to complete it by the end of 2024. 

Jon has been currently working as a Paralegal since April 2023 and has a keen interest in all family law areas.  

Jon believes in the law to empathetically and expertly help clients to reach the best outcomes for their unique circumstances. 

In his free time, Jon’s hobbies include painting, playing basketball with friends, and watching television shows with his pet cat Luna.  

Serena May

Serena May

LLB (Hons) BBus

Serena was admitted to the profession in 2022 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business from QUT. 

Serena has previous experience as a Barrister’s Assistant in family law as well as working in a mid-tier commercial law firm in property law, wills and estates, employment law and construction disputes. This experience has provided her with the opportunity to learn from an array of senior legal practitioners before choosing to specialise in family law.

Serena is passionate about ensuring her clients feel well informed throughout their matter. Serena acknowledges every personal circumstance is unique and no other person knows exactly what it is like to walk in your shoes. 

Serena recognises that clients are often experiencing immense stress and require compassionate and efficient communication from start to finish to empower them to move on to the next chapter of their life.

On her weekends Serena enjoys heading to the coast for a surf and spending time with her poodle pup, Miss April May.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Practice Leader – Founder

Michael was awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from QUT in 2012, and was admitted as a lawyer in 2013. 

He also has a Bachelor of Science from UQ which he was awarded in 2007 (before deciding that a career in law would be more interesting than science).

Michael has practiced exclusively in the areas of Family Law, Child Safety (Care and Protection), and Domestic Violence since mid-2014. 

Michael has experience as a Separate Representative for children in Child Safety cases and has appeared on behalf of hundreds of people in Family Law and Domestic Violence cases in Queensland and the ACT.

Michael’s experience means he has a particularly keen insight into how to best avoid Court and he has an excellent record of settling cases quickly and without unnecessary conflict and cost. 

That said, he also knows how to best prepare and conduct litigation if Court becomes unavoidable, and he will expertly guide you through even the most complex and delicate case.

Michael takes a genuine interest in his clients and will make sure that you are properly advised in a way that is easy to understand, without all the unnecessary jargon that so many lawyers love to use. You can trust Michael to be direct, flexible, and empathetic. 

When he is not at work, Michael loves being in the outdoors, whether that’s fishing from his kayak or working in the garden. He also loves to cook and experiment in the kitchen.

Matthew Watt

Matthew Watt

Practice Manager – Founder

As one of the founders of BWJ Law, Matt is an indispensable member of the executive team. 

He plays a pivotal role in the day-to-day operations of the firm, focusing on implementing operational strategies and realizing the organization’s vision. 

This ensures that all employees are equipped with the necessary resources to perform at their best, delivering unparalleled service to clients.

An active member of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) and an associate member of the QLD Law Society, Matt consistently stays updated with the latest in legal practice management. 

He recognizes the significance of continuous professional growth, ensuring that he offers the best support to legal practitioners. 

Moreover, he adeptly manages a diverse range of corporate and strategic responsibilities inherent to the role of a practice manager.