Canadian Lawyer

June 2021

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www.canadianlawyermag.com 17 Legal fees in a most unusual year Canadian Lawyer's 2021 Legal Fees Survey shows lawyers' rates rising marginally, but total bill often lower due to efficiencies prompted by COVID-19 IT'S BEEN a strange year, to say the least, in the legal world. Virtually all in-court proceedings have become virtual — as in remote teleconfer- encing or videoconferencing — with courts closed or limiting in-court appearances. Documents are now submitted electronically, so binding and printing duties have become SPECIAL REPORT LEGAL FEES almost non-existent. And travelling to and from the courthouse or flying in expert witnesses has become a thing of the past. Canadian Lawyer's 2021 Legal Fees Survey comes out when we are almost at the end of the tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic — thanks to vaccines now deployed throughout the country. But we are not quite there yet, and lawyers still do not know precisely how the future will look and what impact the pandemic will ultimately have on legal fees and the costs of running a business. This year's survey shows a continuation of the trend of years of slight fee increases, year over year. The percentage of firms that say they had already raised or would raise their

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