What is the test for disclosure of lawyer’s fees under client/solicitor privilege?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Ontario (Ministry of the Attorney General) v. Ontario (Assistant Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2005 CanLII 6045 (ON CA):

We are in substantial agreement with the reasons of Carnwath J. Assuming that Maranda v. LeBlanc, supra, at paras. 31-33 holds that information as to the amount of a lawyer’s fees is presumptively sheltered under the client/solicitor privilege in all contexts, Maranda also clearly accepts that the presumption can be rebutted. The presumption will be rebutted if it is determined that disclosure of the amount paid will not violate the confidentiality of the client/solicitor relationship by revealing directly or indirectly any communication protected by the privilege.

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