By Staff Reporter
Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) has announced new 2021 legal practitioners’ tariffs.
It costs US$1.200 per hour to hire a divorce lawyer for the plaintiff, the defendant paying $800.00 for uncontested divorce.
For general professional services, a legal practitioner with 30 years of experience charges between US$310.00 and US$350.00 per hour.
Those with one year to 11 months of experience charge between US$60- US$90.0, two to 4 years charging US$90-US$120.00.
Those with 15 to 19 years of experience will charge between US$210-US$270, 10 to 14 years (US$150-US$210.00) and 5 to 9 years US$120-US$150.00, respectively.
Legal practitioners with 20 to 29 year of experience charges between US$270-US$310.00.
An unregistered law graduate whose name is registered by law society charges between US$30-US$60.00.
A legal practitioner shall be entitled to charge standard fees instead of calculating his or her fees, where basic work is involved.
On the sale agreement (residential or farm the legal practitioner shall charge US$500 or 1% of the selling prices.
For business or shares it costs US$800.00 or 2% of the selling prices.
This is time reasonably and actually spent in personal attendance by legal practitioner in performing his or her mandate, including taking instructions, telephone calls, attendance in court, office of record and the like, research, preparation, drafting, dictation and perusal of letters and documents.
Where a legal performs work on instructions emanating from outside Zimbabwe, he or she shall be entitled both to charge a fee similar to that which would be charged by a legal practitioner of comparable experience and ability in the country from which the work emanates and to charge such fee in the currency of that country, provided always that the provisions of the exchange control and any other applicable regulations are observed.