What are “bonus agreements” where a solicitor is entitled to bonus fees?

Ontario, Canada

The following excerpt is from Jackson v. Stephen Durbin and Associates, 2017 ONSC 5396 (CanLII):

In Darichuk v. Currie, in addition to hourly rate fees, the court describes “bonus” agreements as cases where the agreement provides that the client will pay either an hourly rate or a fixed fee for services performed but that if a certain result is achieved the solicitor becomes entitled to bonus his/her fee either at a fixed amount or a specified percentage.

Pakka v. Nygard was the only family law case relied upon by the respondent. In that case the relevant portion of the fee agreement read as follows: I understand and agree that in addition to the fees charged in interim accounts, there will be a final account at which the complexity of the issues and the result obtained may also be taken into consideration in filing the amount of the final fee.

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