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FEDERAL COURT RULES 2011 - RULE 4.19

Professional fees

             (1)  A Pro Bono lawyer must not seek or recover professional fees from an assisted party unless the Pro Bono lawyer and the assisted party have entered into a costs agreement.

             (2)  The costs agreement must provide that the Pro Bono lawyer be entitled to charge and the assisted party is liable to pay professional fees only:

                     (a)  if an order for costs is made in favour of the assisted party; and

                     (b)  to the extent that the party against whom the order for costs is made in fact pays the costs.

             (3)  If a costs agreement is entered into, the Court may order a party against whom an order for costs is made to pay the costs, including any disbursements incurred under rule 4.18, directly to the Pro Bono lawyer instead of the assisted party.

             (4)  A payment made to the Pro Bono lawyer under subrule (3) satisfies, to the extent of that payment, the order for costs made in favour of the assisted party.



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