Litigation and other forms of dispute in connection with legal fees and related matters are becoming increasingly common. Remaining uncommon, however, are lawyers with experience in this very specialized area, which involves unique forms of proceedings, and legal principles rarely considered by many lawyers.
Palm & Company is one of the few firms that offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to those engaged in legal fee disputes.
Greg Palm devotes a significant portion of his practice to legal fee disputes and to other matters relating to the financial relationships between lawyers and their clients, routinely acting both for lawyers seeking recovery on their bills or otherwise seeking to prove their entitlement to their proper charges and for clients or former clients of other lawyers who believe that they may have been improperly charged or overcharged for legal services or who are involved in any other type of remuneration-based issues. These kinds of matters include, among others:
- Reviews (taxations) of lawyers’ bills under the Legal Profession Act
- Court actions over lawyers’ charges and for collection of amounts owed
- Examinations of fee agreements under the Legal Profession Act for fairness and reasonableness
- Court applications for approval of fees (e.g., infants or class proceedings)
- Litigation involving liens on lawyers’ files and proceeds of litigation
In addition to being engaged regularly on legal fee disputes, Greg Palm also contributes to a number of academic works in the area. He is an editorial board member and contributing author for three chapters of Practice Before the Registrar (CLE-BC), is the current contributor to the “Remuneration” chapter of Canadian Legal Practice (LexisNexis Canada), has authored or co-authored the “Costs” and “Remuneration” chapters in the Annual Review of Law and Practice (CLE-BC) since 2007, and is the contributor of the new blog “Legal Fees in Canada,” found here on this site. He also serves as a member of the Law Society of British Columbia’s Fee Review Working Group, a working group constituted by the executive committee of the Law Society of British Columbia with a view towards drafting a revised Part 8 (Lawyers’ Fees) for the Legal Profession Act. Retaining Palm & Company for a legal fee dispute or related matter ensures that you have on your side a lawyer that understands and regularly practices in this quirky but very important area.