Fee Structures at Tierney Stauffer LLP

Tierney Stauffer LLP is committed to providing the best legal expertise to every client. If you have any questions about our fees, rates or the overall invoicing process, please contact us for further information.


During or prior to your first appointment, we will review our billing policies with you and we may require a retainer in order to begin work. This is dependent on the type of file.

A retainer is a form of deposit, which is placed in our trust account. The retainer will only be applied to your file following your review and approval of the statement of account. The amount of retainer required is, again, dependent on the type of file.

As your file progresses, and work is completed, we will incur charges (disbursements) on your behalf. These disbursements will be billed to you as well as the legal fees incurred. Please note, we are required to charge HST on fees and most of the disbursements.

We accept cheques, VISA, MasterCard and AMEX for your convenience.

Hourly Rates

Time spent working on your case by lawyers, articling students and law clerks is tracked and recorded. Docketing of time includes conferences with you, conferences among individuals in our office working on your file, telephone calls, correspondence, emails and any travel time which might be necessary.

Block Fees

For certain routine work such as real estate transactions, routine wills, incorporations and other similar matters, you will be quoted a block fee.

Contingency Fee Arrangements

On certain files, Tierney Stauffer LLP will enter into a Contingency Fee Agreement where our fees will consist of a percentage of the amount recovered. Our maximum percentage rate is 30% of the total recovery amount, however, it may be less, depending on the nature of the case. Your lawyer will discuss the specific percentage rate with you at the beginning of your case before you sign the Contingency Fee Agreement.

Contingency fees are used in certain civil litigation cases such as personal injury, wrongful death and medical and professional malpractice.

Contact Tierney Stauffer LLP in Ottawa, Kingston, Cornwall or North Bay

If you have any questions about our fee structures available or if you would like further information, please contact our team and we would be happy to discuss your options.

At Tierney Stauffer LLP, our lawyers and staff are committed to providing our clients and our communities with friendly and straightforward service while offering consistently exceptional legal representation. Call us at 1-888-799-8057 or complete the form below to set up a consultation and discuss your matter in confidence with an experienced lawyer.


Fax: 613-728-9866
510-1600 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Z 0A1


Toll-Free: 1-888-799-8057
340 Second Street East
Cornwall, Ontario
K6H 1Y9


Toll-Free: 1-888-799-8057
556 O’Connor Drive
Kingston, Ontario
K7P 1N3

North Bay

Toll-Free: 1-888-799-8057