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Important Notice Regarding Contingency Fee
Please note that Contingency Fee is NOT applicable to all type of cases and legal services. For instance the Contingency Fee arrangement would NOT be applicable to opinion based legal services such as a legal opinion or a legal consultation regarding a particular legal matter. Contingency fee is also NOT applicable to legal drafting services, such as the drafting of a demand letter or a lawyer letter, the drafting of an employment contract. Contingency fee is also NOT applicable to a complex litigation matter. Above are just examples and are by no means an exclusive list.
Each client and each case is unique, and as such the contingency fee we charge varies from 20% to 40%, and the maximum contingency fee we will charge is 40%, with the majority of cases in the 25% to 30% range. The exact contingency fee for each case is determined by (a) an estimate of the time required of the lawyer on the file; (b) the legal complexity of the matter at issue; (c) the strength of the case; (d) the risk assumed by the lawyer, including the risk of non-payment where there is a real risk of an adverse finding on liability in the client’s case; (e) the estimated amount that the client is likely to receive after the conclusion of the case in the form of a settlement or a monetary award received after the outcome determination of the case.
For instance the contingency fee percentage we charge in a class action case involving many class members is a lot less than an case involving only one employee being terminated who have worked less than 1 year in a company. Similarly, the contingency fee percentage we charge is on the lower end of the spectrum in a high profile employment termination case involving a key management level employee who have been working for the company for over 20 years. For the same taken, as you can image, the contingency fee we charge for an employment law case with an estimated recovery of $5,000 CAD is going to be different than one that involves the termination of key employee with unpaid wages, bonus, and incentive valued over half a million dollars.
Please note that disbursement is on top of the contingency fee. Disbursement are out-of-pocket expenses that our firm has to pre-paid up front to an arm’s length service provide, such as parking ticket, court fee, filing fee, etc….
While we generally do not charge our client for disbursement for a contingency fee case unless a case is won, we Do not pay for expert reports such as damage report produced by accountants, medical reports produced by medical professionals, and any other types of expert reports and business reports. But these are optional reports, while we recommend clients to obtain them to advance their cases, they are optional and not compulsory.