This document sets out the basis on which Millar Wyslobicky Kreklewetz LLP (“MWK” or “we”) will agree to provide services to our clients. Accordingly, if you decide to retain MWK as your legal counsel, our agreement will be as set out below (“our Agreement”).
Under our Agreement, we will charge you a fee for our services that will be determined in a manner that is consistent with the Law Society of Upper Canada rules, and that will represent a fair and reasonable fee, based on a number of factors, including but not limited to the time and effort involved, the complexity of the matter, the amounts in issue, the overall results obtained, and the degree to which special skills and expertise are involved in dealing with the matter.
In addition to our fees, we will charge you for any disbursements which we incur on your behalf, as well as all applicable GST – which may apply to both fees and disbursements.
Where we choose to base our fee entirely on the time spent, please be advised that our hourly rates currently range from $175 per hour for our most junior associates, to $650 for our most senior partners.
Where appropriate, we attempt to have junior lawyers involved, on a supervised basis, so that the most cost effective service can be provided. If you have particular requirements in this regard, you will raise these with us at the outset of our Agreement.
MWK’s usual policy to request a retainer in advance from all new clients, and in respect of any matters where it is likely that substantial services will be required to be provided. MWK will base the amount of any retainer requested on our estimate of the time and effort that will be initially required to deal with the preliminary aspects of any particular matter. Where appropriate, we may notify you and request that the retainer amount be further replenished, which may be required before additional steps are taken by us, and we reserve the right under our Agreement to cease all work on your file until such a replenishment has been made.
Where MWK requests a retainer from you, the provision of that retainer by you to us shall constitute your acceptance of our Agreement. Where we choose not to require a retainer in advance for our services to you, the provision by you of any information or documentation to us shall constitute your acceptance of our Agreement.
Statements of Account will be issued to you periodically throughout the term of our engagement, and are payable upon receipt. To the extent retainer funds are held by us in trust at the time the Statements of Account are issued, those funds will be applied directly to the Statements of Account. Any balance remaining unpaid more than thirty days after the Statement date will bear interest from the Statement date to the date of payment, currently at the rate of 1% per month.
If your account with us remains outstanding for a period of 15 days from date of issuance, we reserve the right under our Agreement to cease all work on your file.
As client of MWK, you can expect that our legal services will be performed on a professional and competent basis, and in a timely manner. If you have particular requirements in this regard, you will raise these with us at the outset of our Agreement, so that the appropriate resources can be directed to your particular needs.
We reserve the right to determine how the legal services provided to you are performed, and by whom they are performed.
If you are a non-resident of Canada, and should it become necessary for us to visit you or your facilities outside of Canada, you agree that the purpose of our visits shall be to obtain information only, and that as Canadian counsel, all of our legal services will be performed in Canada.
Our Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between us and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings, negotiations and discussions, whether written or oral.
No amendment or waiver of any provision of our Agreement shall be binding on either of us unless consented to in writing by both of us.
Our Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein.
In the event you feel the need to bring suit against us, you agree to bring such suit in the Ontario Courts.