Our Lawyer Fees
At Dismissed.ca our lawyers have a combined 40+ years of experience in employment law. We understand that most people prefer to retain a lawyer on a contingent basis. However, for some clients a standard hourly agreement could be a preferable arrangement. What type of agreement is best suited for you is dependent on a number of factors. Please click here to review the Law Society of Ontario’s guide “Contingency fees: What you need to know” . Please review this document as it will assist you in understanding, in part, the advantages and disadvantages of contingency fee agreements. Ultimately it will be up to you to determine what type of fee arrangement would be best for you.
We are often asked what our “percentage” would be. That is an extremely difficult question to answer, as it will be dependent upon numerous factors including, liability (are you clearly entitled to more money or are you potentially entitled to more money) and if so, how much? It would be unfair to charge the same percentage for a claim worth $100,000.00 as opposed to $10,000.00. Generally, our contingency fees are based on 25-30% of recovery plus disbursements (out-of-pocket expenses likely photocopies, postage, faxes, etc.) and HST. Our contingency fee is almost always calculated on the improvement over the original offer. For example: if upon termination you are offered $20,000.00, our fee would be based on any additional amounts we obtain for you.
Although our contingency fee is generally in the range of 25-30% of the improvement, we are mandated by the Law Society of Ontario to advise as to the maximum contingency percentage which is 50% of recovery including costs and excluding disbursements and taxes.
In determining the appropriate percentage or other terms of the contingency, the lawyers at Marvin A. Gorodensky Professional Corporations (“MAGPC”) shall consider a number of factors, including the likelihood of success, the merits of and complexity of the claim, the expense and risk of pursuing the action, and the amount of the expected recovery. There is no one size fits all. Whether a contingency fee agreement is right for you is ultimately a personal choice. It would be best that your review the Law Society of Ontario’s guide referenced above before our initial consultation so you understand your options. At Dismissed.ca we are committed to offering you the choice of a contingent or a standard retainer based on our hourly rates.
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