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Contingency fees: Call for ban to be lifted

Contingency fees: Call for ban to be lifted

By Karin Derkley

Justice 


The LIV argues allowing lawyers to enter into contingency fee arrangements with their clients would help address access to justice. The LIV is calling for the ban on contingency fees to be lifted, despite the fact the longstanding prohibition has been incorporated into the Legal Profession Uniform Law (LPUL). The LIV released a submission in February that argues that contingency fees would address unmet legal need, contribute to a well-functioning justice system and provide an additional funding choice for potential clients. Allowing lawyers to enter into contingency fee arrangements with their clients would help address access to justice issues, particularly for the “missing middle” that could not afford a private lawyer, but did not qualify for legal aid, LIV president Steven Sapountsis said.

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