Like most lawyers, we generally operate on an hourly rate. This is because every legal issue is different in terms of complexity. The amount of work needed often depends also on the choices you make each step of the way and how the opposing party reacts. Each lawyer’s hourly rate depends on their level of experience, and these rates are posted on lawyers’ individual biography pages. Please note that HST, disbursements, and third party charges are not included in the hourly rate.
We do our best to ensure that a lack of financial resources is not a barrier to justice, while doing what we must to keep the law firm financially viable to help others over the long term. Because of this, we have some of the lowest hourly rates of any lawyers with comparable experience. If you believe you have an important case but do not have financial resources, please do not hesitate to reach out to us, and we will help you explore your options.
To be retained to act for you, we will need to enter into an official retainer agreement. You can see a sample standard agreement to get an idea of the way we typically operate. Note: this sample agreement does not constitute an offer to be retained.
Limited scope retainers are one additional way of increasing access to justice. A limited scope retainer is an agreement with the client where our firm provides legal services for part, but not all, of the client’s legal matter. For example, our firm can be retained for a discrete legal task, such as representation at mediation or a motion. From there, the client can choose to enter into a further retainer for work on the next stage of a proceeding, or the client can choose to complete some of the work on their own. In short, limited scope retainers can reduce costs for the client.
In rare circumstances where a client has a particularly strong case and limited financial resources, we may be able to consider entering a contingency agreement. This would mean that payment is only required after a successful settlement or judgement. The fee total in these circumstances may be higher to counter the risk the firm incurs, but it can enable people who otherwise would be unable to proceed with legal action to do so. While the contingency fee percentage will vary depending on each case’s complexity and prospect of success, it is never greater than 50% of funds recovered.