In 1465778 Ontario Inc. v. 1122077 Ontario Ltd. the Ontario Court of Appeal wrote, “There should be no prohibition on the awarding of fees to Pro bono Counsel in appropriate cases.” It should apply “also to private acts that do not concern public law, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or other similar matters of general interest.” The possibility that pro bono parties may be subject to the usual consequences of costs that apply to other parties has two positive consequences, the Court decided. It “promotes access to justice by allowing more lawyers and encouraging them to voluntarily commit themselves to pro bono in deserved cases.” We encourage lawyers to take on pro bono clients in all areas where there is need and where the lawyer has expertise or is trying to improve skills and training. Our firm is particularly interested in providing pro-bono services to people with limited resources who are not entitled to legal aid. We`re also going to… [for example: … Provide pro bono help to community groups that work with people who are disadvantaged in our community… Provide pro bono support to non-profit organizations to pursue their goals if the payment of standard legal fees was not possible in their budgets… Test cases that call into question the eligibility and coverage criteria for legal aid; What is the responsibility of the lawyer (and the firm) towards a pro bono client? All pro bono work must be recorded in the company`s management systems and tracked according to the same procedures that are used for any other client file, except the debtors. “It`s a way to make your pro-bono work doubly beneficial,” says Matthew Nied of Nied Law Litigation Counsel.
He adds that he hopes that spreading the word about the potential for cost-making “inspires” lawyers to take more pro bono work and increase the impact of the pro-bono cases they handle. It turns out that before taking over this pro Bono case, Nied said he had learned the potential of the awarding costs associated with pro-bono work, but had to make sure that his client agreed that the money would go to Access Pro Bono. Lawyers are cordially invited to bring pro bono clients to the firm. As a company, we will also seek and maintain links with appropriate organizations in the community, explain our pro-bono policy and invite a limited number of applications for pro bonoservices. How will the company connect with the beneficiaries of pro-bono services? A Vancouver lawyer, who recently handled a pro-bono case and structured his commitment to cost for his work, is now encouraging lawyers to use this provision to donate these fee bonuses to legal aid groups. We will check the status of pro-bono files quarterly at our business meetings and, if necessary, recognize the pro-bono contributions of some lawyers in corporate communication and outside the law firm.