Our fees

A hallmark of our approach to service delivery has always been transparency with our fees. Not only have we always indicated the availability of fixed fees, we have always published our fees to our website and were among the first to do so (many fixed fee firms still do not, others have copied our approach, sometimes word-for-word!). We still offer a huge range of fixed fee services, and these are set out in the table below. But we have also delivered cost effectiveness to our clients by greatly reducing the hourly rates at which we work for small businesses. To keep our fees as low as possible, we:

- do not typically use administrative staff; and

- rely on technology to work flexibly, and at times and from locations most convenient for us and our clients. We work from our office on St Kilda Road, from home or from any other location that is suitable and convenient for us and our families.

Our operating model means that we can offer an extremely cost effective professional services solution for our micro and small business clients. Indeed, we think that our hourly rates might be the most affordable on offer for comparable services.

Choosing a fee type

We introduced our low hourly rates in 2016 and an increasingly growing proportion of our clients are choosing this fee option.

The hourly rate is our way of giving our clients increased flexibility, whilst at the same time allowing them to take responsibility for the fees incurred in their matter.

Our fixed fees, where available, are necessarily an estimate of the likely costs associated with the average matter of a particular kind. If you think that your work is very straightforward, and will take less time than the average matter, then you can take the benefit of a very low hourly rate and thereby achieve greater cost effectiveness. If, however, it should happen that your matter is not as straightforward as you anticipated, then your fees on an hourly basis may well exceed the fixed fee that would have applied had you chosen that fee option. Conversely, in a fixed fee scenario, we generally take the risk of the matter taking longer than anticipated, and you have the benefit of cost certainty.

You can generally choose between the relevant hourly rate or fixed fee – but you must do this as the start of your matter. If you don’t tell us that you want the relevant fixed fee, the hourly rate relevant to your matter will apply. The fixed fees and hourly rates relevant to your matter will be set out in the Services Agreement that we issue to you for all services except consultation only services.

It is important to note that fixed fees cannot be offered for all kinds of services – examples include high level / specialist work and litigation work.

Other fees and charges

It is important to understand that our hourly rates and fixed fees do not typically include other fees and charges – these would include disbursements (costs we incur on your behalf such as search fees), credit card surcharge fees, interest and other charges due on overdue payments. Other fees and charges which may be relevant to your matter will be set out in the Services Agreement that we issue to you for all services except consultation only services.

 LEGAL SERVICES

Item Service description Standard Fee (inc. GST)
001 Initial consult

The initial consult is an ideal way to start with Avenue Solutions. It may help you to identify and understand the issues with which you require assistance and, if relevant, the services that we can provide which will help you to deal with those issues. Our advisers will provide you with information and advice during the initial consult.  Initial consults are only available to new clients, or to existing clients with new matters.  

$99

 

add $20 for out of hours consult, including Saturdays

002 Business starter package 

Our business starter package provides you with a consultation with each of a lawyer, accountant, marketing expert, insurance broker and business development adviser.

NOT  CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
003 New fee item coming soon
004 New fee item coming soon
101 Company formation

Our advisers will attend to the incorporation of your proprietary company limited by shares. The fee includes the ASIC registration fee of $463, all documents on incorporation (including constitution), and company register. For an additional annual fee, you can choose to use our office as the registered office of your company, which provides you with a range of benefits (see Item 701).

$880
102 Trust establishment

Our lawyers will attend to drafting a trust deed to establish a standard discretionary (family) or unit trust.

$880 including $200 stamp duty
103 Small Legal Jobs

The perfect fixed-fee solution when you need a legal adviser to undertake small jobs, like drafting simple company resolutions, preparing and lodging ASIC forms, small amendments to existing legal documents, and many other small legal jobs. Talk to your Avenue Solutions adviser to find out if this fee item is right for you.

$645
105 Basic written legal advice

This service enables you to obtain written advice concerning a single legal issue that is, when considered in its factual context, not especially novel or complex. As a guide, the written advice will be approximately 3 pages in length, including background, scope and summary sections. This item may be suitable for having us review, and advise upon, standard commercial documents.

$660
106 Standard written legal advice

This service enables you to obtain written advice concerning a single principal legal issue that, when considered in its factual context, may be described as moderately novel or complex. As a guide, the written advice will be approximately 6 pages in length, including background, scope and summary sections.

$2,200
107 Detailed written legal advice

This service enables you to obtain written advice concerning a single principal legal issue that, when considered in its factual context, may be described as novel or complex. As a guide, the written advice will exceed 6 pages in length, including background, scope and summary sections.

$3,300
108 Standard taxation law advice

This service enables you to obtain written advice concerning a single principal taxation law issue that, when considered in its factual context, may be described as moderately novel or complex.

$3,300
109 Retail leasing

Our lawyers will prepare, or review, a retail lease (which includes most small shop-front leases), including a disclosure document.

$1,290 + disbursements (approximately $100)
110 Standard commercial agreement

Our lawyers will attend to drafting a standard, yet tailored, commercial agreement specifically to meet your requirements. Agreements included as part of this fixed fee service include shareholders agreement, loan agreement, agency agreement, confidentiality agreement, heads of agreement, management agreement, and agreements to regulate working relationships (contractor / employment agreements).

$1,500
120 Trade mark application (Australia)

Our advisers will undertake work to identify appropriate trade mark class(s), conduct preliminary searches, provide a basic written advice, and prepare and lodge a standard application to IP Australia.

$775 + IP Australia Fees
200 Acting in the sale / purchase of a small business

Our lawyers will act for you in the sale or purchase of a business the sale price for which does not exceed $350,000 (excluding stock). The fixed fee includes preparing and/or reviewing a disclosure document, contract for sale, and lease (as applicable). It does not include transactions involving the sale / purchase of real property.

$3,300 + disbursements (approx. $200)
220 Acting in a business law matter
Our lawyers will act for you in relation to a business law matter (excluding tax law and litigation). This fee item is only available to businesses with revenue and/or assets not exceeding $2m. For businesses exceeding that threshold, the relevant hourly rate is $265 inc GST.
$159 per hour

 

230 Acting in a legal matter – tax law

Our lawyers will act for you in relation to a tax law matter.

$297 per hour
501 Conveyancing

Our advisers will act for you in relation to a standard conveyancing matter in respect of real property having a sale/purchase price of less than AUD$1million

$999 + disbursements (approx. $300)
502 Acting in a conveyancing matter

Our advisers will act for you in relation to a standard residential conveyancing matter.

$69 per hour + disbursements (approx. $300)

adviserassist

Item Service description Standard Fee (inc. GST)
AA100 AdviserAssist - STARTER

Not presently available

N/A

AA200 AdviserAssist - ACCOUNTS

Not presently available

N/A

AA300 AdviserAssistDESIGNED

Tell us what services you need, and we will design an AdviserAssist plan just for you. You can select from our entire range of services, including tax and accounting.

INDIVIDUALLY QUOTED

ACCOUNTING SERVICES

Item Service description Standard Fee (inc. GST)
301 Bookkeeping

We can undertake all your day-to-day bookkeeping needs. We can typically provide you with a fixed or capped fee once we understand your requirements.

$77 per hour
302 Accounting

Beyond bookkeeping, our advisers can provide a range of compliance based accounting services including the preparation of financial statements.

$132 per hour
303 Financial Statements Preparation

Based on annual accounting records, we will prepare year-end special purpose financial report including profit and loss statement and balance sheet from which tax return can be prepared.

$600
304 Training Xero/MYOB/Quickbooks

Includes 2 hours training with any follow up questions plus all the opening journal entries and setting up of charts of accounts and company files.

$400

TAXATION SERVICES (not including taxation law services)

Item Service description Standard Fee (inc. GST)
401 Tax Planning Consultation

Consultation to discuss tax planning opportunities 

$199
402 Individual taxation return preparation and lodgement

Salary and wage earner with some additional items.

$270
402A Individual Tax Return Schedule

This is an additional charge applied for each schedule required as part of your tax return. Schedules are used for items such as investment properties, capital gains, employee share schemes and the like.

$120
403 Individual taxation return preparation and lodgement (sole trader)

All individual taxation returns which are not basic returns (must provide us with prepared financial and tax reconciliation statements).

$400
404 Partnership taxation return preparation and lodgement – standard $600
405 Trust taxation return preparation and lodgement – standard $600
406 Company taxation return preparation and lodgement – standard $600
407 Business Activity Statement preparation and lodgement – standard

Does not include preparation of accounts

$199
408 Fringe Benefits Tax return – standard $600

OTHER SERVICES

Item Service description Standard Fee (inc. GST)
701 Company annual statements (ASIC)

Includes reviewing company statement, attending to any required ASIC notifications and provision of solvency resolution.

$220
702 ATO registration(s) e.g. ABN, GST, PAYG withholding as required. $220
703 Registered office services

We will provide consent for your proprietary limited company to use our office as its registered company address. This annual fee includes providing you with annual advice concerning the annual company statement, annual solvency resolution, one update to the company register annually including the preparation and lodgement of an ASIC form 484 where required and forwarding of all official correspondence received for the company.

$330 annually
704 Business Plan Template – template for a basic business plan for completion and use by business owners / managers. FREE with any consultation (item 001)
705 Basic Business Plan

We will provide you with a basic written business plan using content supplied by you. Includes 1 x initial consult to discuss business to which plan relates. Does not include financials.

$770
706 Intermediate Business Plan

We will provide you with a basic written business plan using content supplied by you and some externally researched / sourced content (if required). Includes 1 x initial consult to discuss business to which plan relates and excel based financials (12 month cash-flow and budget).

$1,100
707 Detailed Business Plan

We will provide you with a detailed written business plan customised to your specific needs/requirements using content supplied by you and externally researched / sourced content.  Includes 2 x consults to discuss business to which plan relates and financials (12 month cash-flow and budget).  

$3,300

This fee information is provided to assist you to understand our product and services offering, and our fee structure. If you would like to discuss any of our products and services, or our fees, in relation to your specific needs, please call us on (03) 9092 9891, email us at info@avenuesolutions.com.au. This fee information is current as at 1 July 2017. Our fees are subject to change without notice. Not all service items are available to all clients. All fees are stated inclusive of GST.