Former HDY lawyer launches fixed-fee firm in Sydney

March 28, 2014 A former senior associate from Henry Davis York has launched a new Sydney boutique law firm that will only offer fixed fees.

Employment lawyer Sarah Nicita launched Aurora Workplace Law this month, offering clients a specialised workplace investigations service that will dovetail with more traditional legal work.

“A lot of my clients at Henry Davis York were using external organisations for workplace investigations work, and that work was very inconsistent in relation to the quality of the reports and findings,” said Nicita, who added that such reports would then be forwarded to her to sort out.

“There was a lot of frustration from clients that wanted to access quality workplace investigations that would be performed at the level of quality they would expect from Henry Davis York, but at a price closer to competition from non-legal providers.”

Nicita plans to offer a combined service, offering clients a fee-rate that is less than her charge-out rates were at HDY.

“This is what clients want [fixed fees] and is a sensible way of working,” she said.

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