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In deciding upon an appropriate course of action in the legal arena whether it be deciding to institute proceedings, gathering evidence and discovery or deciding on how much money one should accept to settle a case, it is important we, lawyers and clients, try our best to use proportional thinking.

Proportional thinking can serve as a tool directing attention to different aspects of what is implied in any rational assessment of what is too much and what is too little. It is an explicit value judgment as to what is just right, rather than a simply intuitive or reactionary assessment.

Sometimes a principled position needs to be the subject of a fully contested hearing to prove the other party is wrong and bad and has always been so, but other times it may be better to settle early and to compromise on those precious principles when one takes into account the financial, physical, social and emotional costs of litigation.

It is always the case that the longer the dispute continues the higher the legal fees will be. It is not always the case that the more money one spends in legal fees the better will be one’s outcome. Litigation is guaranteed to be uncertain to some degree. In relation to legal costs, Courts are going to apply proportional thinking as to whether and to what extent a “winner” can have their legal costs paid by the “loser”.

Thus, one can win but not recover one’s legal costs because the Court may well form the view that all or part of the legal costs incurred were out of proportion to the value and importance of the matters in dispute (for example, one could sue in defamation but only obtain $1 in damages with no order as to costs, a Pyrrhic victory indeed). Winning a Court case could ruin you!

Moreheads Lawyers recommend that proportional thinking be applied when selecting the best pathways given the options we will advise are open and worthwhile. Having clients who provide us with proportional instructions is very important to the success of our practice of the law.

To assist in structuring client thinking, and as part of our costs disclosure and agreement, we go further and recommend that clients take self-auditing steps:

  1. Do not assume facts are true if there is a chance they are not and at the least factor in the possibility of assumptions being incorrect;
  2. Communicate your questions and/or instructions clearly (to avoid misunderstandings) and preferably in writing using texts or email;
  3. Please don’t take it personally if our advice to you is that the outcome your seeking is not worth the potential costs (we may put this to you in slang by saying something like “the juice isn’t worth the squeeze”);
  4. Do your best to keep us up to date with changing circumstances by email;
  5. Consider the cost-effectiveness of available legal options at various stages whether before or during proceedings and re-evaluate your course of action from time to time;
  6. Keep in mind that we apply proportional thinking in providing advice.

Our Lawyers

Michael Morehead

Founder and Principal

Michael Morehead graduated from the University of Tasmania Law School in 1989 with first class honours. He then worked for a top Sydney law firm and gained admission in NSW before taking up an associateship at the High Court of Australia.Michael has worked from the Portsea office for many years and is a long term volunteer at the Peninsula Community Legal Centre. He is experienced in complex litigation and transactions and regularly instructs and appears in all Australian jurisdictions.

Michael enjoys working in all areas of law with a special interest in the areas of public interest environment law, marine law, intellectual property law and family law.

According to Michael “cost effective resort to the law is critical in obtaining excellent legal outcomes”.

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Villy Raki

LLB, LLM (Master of Applied Laws)

Villy Raki has over 20 years of experience in senior management roles in commercial and operations services. Combining his vast experience in leadership roles in different countries with the experience and legal firepower of Michael Morehead he offers clients key capabilities in negotiating with decisiveness, providing solutions at highly cost effective approaches, leading clients through difficult legal journeys and developing alternate or strategic solutions to court hearings.

Villy services client from the Rosebud and Mt.Martha offices. He practices in the areas of family law, property law, intervention orders, financial agreements and Wills, Probates and Estates.

Villy maintains a long standing volunteering role with the Peninsula Community Legal Centre.

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Stefan Bagg

BAppSci, MEd, LLB (Hons)

Stefan Bagg graduated from Victoria University with first class honours. He worked as an educator for over 20 years with the last 15 years in the TAFE sector where he specialised in the development and delivery of programs in Sports Science and Aquatics.

He completed his practical legal training with the Victoria Police Civil Advocacy Unit in the area of Family Violence. At Moreheads, Stefan practices in the areas of Family Law, Administrative Law, Civil Disputes, minor Criminal matters, complex Conveyances and Wills and Estates.

Stefan volunteers with the Peninsula Community Legal Centre and manifests his great passion in Sports Law by sitting as a tribunal member for Baseball Victoria.


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