What is a contingency fee agreement?
Contingency fees are paid to a lawyer acting on behalf of a client in a lawsuit for damages (i.e., a compensatory award for loss or injury). The lawyer’s fee is payable only if the case is successful. Contingency fees are based on a percentage of the damages recovered.
Contingency fee agreements must be in writing. For personal injury claims in BC, the standard contingency fee is approximately one-third of the amount recovered.
In most contingency fee agreements, the client is required to pay for disbursements, such as medical reports and court fees, after the verdict or settlement.
For more information, see the Law Society of BC’s explanation of Lawyers’ Fees.