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Fees ‘contingent on success’ in family law inappropriate: court

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 @ 1:08 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that a law firm that charged a “Results Achieved Fee” in a family law case has contravened the Solicitors Act. The decision, counsel says, serves as a reminder to the family bar regarding contingency fee agreements.

In Jackson v. Stephen Durbin and Associates, 2018 ONCA 424 the court heard that Davis Jackson, the respondent, had retained Stephen Durbin and Associates, the appellant, to represent him in a custody dispute.

According to court documents, Jackson signed a retainer agreement that outlined...