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BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS - Compensation - Agreement for fees - Measure of compensation - Quantum meruit

Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 8:32 AM  

Appeal by the law firm from a decision finding that the retainer agreement between it and the respondent First Nation was neither fair nor reasonable. The judge who assessed the retainer agreement under The Legal Profession Act determined the appropriate remuneration on a quantum meruit basis, which amount did not include a bonus. The respondent had entered into a retainer agreement with the appellant in 2003 in connection with a treaty land entitlement claim. The 2003 agreement provided for remuneration on an hourly fee-for-service basis. The...