Fees

Our clients include white and blue collar employees at all levels, and spanning all industries. We recognise that the issues our clients face affect both their livelihoods and their futures. Both need to be protected, and both are worth fighting for. However we also recognise that clients need access to strong legal advice in the very moment where their cash flow might be strained. Because of this, we do what we can to be as accessible as possible to the people who need us the most.

Our hourly rates are as follows:

Nicole Howell

$375

Michael Bain

$375

James Gould

$375

Kelly Slade-Kerr

$350

Peter Eastwood

$335

Andrea Zappavigna

$295

Shanti Reda

$285

Derek Knoechel

$295

Anita Atwal

$275

Catalina Rodriguez

$275

Jonas McKay

$275

Pamela Costanzo

$230

Fred Wynne

$285

Articled Students

$180

Paralegal Work

$160

Legal Assistant Work

$80

Outside Legal Consultants

$250

Disbursements

In the course of working on your behalf we must incur additional expenses which are billed to you at cost. These might include:

We do not charge for incoming faxes, regular postage or for legal software databases, except, occasionally, Quicklaw.

(Quicklaw is a database used to research and download case law and is normally not charged back to our clients unless excessive use of the database is required).

Taxes

We are currently required to charge you GST and PST on our fees and GST on disbursements.

In cases involving employment law, where we act for employees, our fees are usually tax-deductible. If you have any questions about this, please consult your accountant.

Billing

We will provide you with a bill each month. This enables you to know the costs which you are incurring on a timely basis.

Please note that should you have any concerns regarding your bill, the Rules of our Law Society permit you to have any bill reviewed by a Master of the Supreme Court.

Payment

Accounts are due and payable upon receipt.

We are not a large operation and there are many disbursements which we may be required to payout on behalf of our clients. In return we expect and require prompt payment of our accounts. If a monthly bill is not paid we will not continue to provide work, and we will require a retainer before we perform additional work.

In payment of our accounts we accept debit, cheque and cash. We also accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, but please be advised that there is an administration charge for credit card transactions.

Premiums

On occasions where we achieve particularly significant results based on the work performed, we reserve the right to charge a premium.

Contingency Fees

In rare cases we will agree to a contingency fee agreement. These require very specific circumstances, must be agreed upon in advance and must be reduced to writing to conform to the requirements of our Law Society.

Awarding of Costs

In many cases where we are successful before the Courts, you may be awarded costs against the other party in accord with a tariff of costs which are included in our Supreme Court Rules.

Vancouver’s Experienced Employment & Labour Law Firm
Employees have rights. When you are faced with the loss of your job or are experiencing a problem with your job, you want to understand your rights and your options. You want to make an informed decision and get on with your life.

We educate and empower employees, either directly or through their unions.

With offices in Vancouver and Surrey, HHBG is made up of 14 employment & labour lawyers, a mediator, and a dedicated team of support staff. Our goal is to resolve matters through negotiation if possible or by decisive litigation.
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