Canadian Lawyer's 2008 legal fees survey gives a cross-section of who's charging what for their services across the country.
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78% of in-house legal departments expect an increase in their overall legal budget in the next five years.
The economy has picked up, at least in some sectors, but corporate budgets and internal hiring patterns still continue to shrink. As a result, in-house counsel are contracting out just over 30 percent of work to outside counsel this year. There was some good news, though. Of those who responded to our survey, almost 90 percent are receiving annual bonuses and 40 percent are getting stock options, at levels much higher than last year.
Times are getting tougher for solo practitioners and lawyers in small firms, according to our latest survey of lawyer and staff compensation. In 2005 so far, net profits are down almost 10 percent. Layoffs aren’t expected but neither are additional hirings. Starting salaries are higher in most years of call but salaries at the top end are much lower than last year.
The survey is the most recent information available.
The legal fees landscape is changing, with alternate models, like tariffs and sliding scale fees, being used more often. Still, flat fees and hourly rates are the norm. Once again, we have asked lawyers across the country to tell us what they are charging for matters like wills, conveyances and divorces: the result is Canadian Lawyer’s latest update on ‘The Going Rate.’