Barrie personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin tells Law Times that he welcomes the push for a standard form contingency fee agreement.
The benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) will be voting this week on proposed changes to the contingency fee retainer agreements, and increasing protection for consumers entering into these contracts with lawyers. An LSUC working group recommends crafting a standard contingency fee agreement, greater disclosure of fees and expenses to clients, and amendments to the Solicitors Act to permit costs to be included as part of a settlement.
Mr. Rastin believes that the idea of a simple retainer is a good one, as the public finds these types of discussions confusing.
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