Posted: July 14, 2017

Former Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) president and personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin tells Law Times that a contingency fee cap could hinder access to justice for accident victims with smaller claims.

This is in response to a recently released set of proposals - by the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group - for simplifying contingency fee arrangements, which included a cap.

Mr. Rastin thinks that lawyers generally have no problem taking on big cases, but a contingency fee cap could discourage lawyers from taking on smaller cases, especially considering how risky it is to accept contingency fee retainers.

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