About the Network - Unisearch is Australia’s largest provider of expert opinion services. Established in 1959, the team manages over 900 matters each year, ranging from expert opinions and testing services to consulting on major projects.
With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, Unisearch provides expertise in over 2000 distinct disciplines to clients in industry and commerce, law, and public sector agencies. Clients encompass plaintiff and defendant litigators, private individuals, and businesses.
Consultant Profile - Experts come from leading Australian Universities, commercial enterprises, and independent consultancies. Their expertise spans many sectors including engineering and construction, commercial litigation, personal injury, resources, rural and medico-legal, and many others.
How It Works - Unisearch receives a client inquiry and defines the area of expertise required to match suitable experts. The expert is then contacted regarding their interest and any potential conflicts. Approval is granted and the expert's CV is forwarded to the client. The expert provides a written quotation to Unisearch.
The expert is then sent a Consultant Quote form and Consultant Terms and Conditions to complete and return to Unisearch. The Expert (with prior approval of Unisearch) may contact the client to clarify key issues affecting the scope of work. Unisearch submits the Fee Proposal/tenders together with terms and conditions to the client for approval.
Unisearch negotiates final terms and fees with the client. The expert does not begin work on the project until instructed to do so by Unisearch. Once Unisearch receives the client’s authorization, the expert is notified to proceed. If any additional work is required, the expert must contact the Account Executive and Unisearch will issue a new Consultant Quote form for the Expert to complete.
The project is established and monitored through Unisearch's job management system and financial controls. All correspondence from the client is kept on files maintained by Unisearch. An account executive assists with travel arrangements and any procurement related to project work. The expert may draw on Unisearch office facilities, which include: photocopying, binding, and covers for reports, telephone and Skype facilities, courier service, conference room facilities, and reception services.
The expert provides an opinion/report and Unisearch delivers the opinion/report to the client. The expert's report is sent to the account executive via email (Microsoft Word compatible). Unisearch proof-reads and formats the report and provides a final copy to the client
Opportunities - Expert opinions and Industry Reports.
How to sign-up - Experts can apply using an online form.
Payment - Rates are negotiated. On completion of a project, the expert issues Unisearch with a Tax Invoice or Time Sheet. The expert is paid within 30 days from the submission of the expert's Tax Invoice for the work that falls within the scope of the Client Quote.