Although the Law Society of Upper Canada recently announced plans to cap lawyer referral fees, this will have no impact on clients or the fees that they pay their counsel, Toronto personal injury lawyer Darryl Singer tells The Night Side on Newstalk 1010.
Civil litigator Darryl Singer writes: “While the LSUC spent considerable time getting all knotted up over the allowable referral fees, the recommendations said nothing about what would be done to clamp down on the under-the-table referral arrangements that go on all the time: real estate lawyers who pay finders’ fees to real estate agents; and personal injury lawyers who pay doctors, emergency room nurses and tow truck drivers hefty cash fees in the range of $2,000 to $4,000 per referral.”
Bill 103 was introduced by Mike Colle, a Liberal MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence, that would cap lawyers’ referral fees at 15%. Darryl Singer of Singer Barristers Professional Corporation sees little chance of the proposed legislation passing. Very few private member’s bills make it to royal assent to become law. “And Patrick Brown [leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario] said he does not support it and I’m not sure all the [Ontario] Liberals support it,” he added.
Barb DiGiulio, host of “The Night Side” on Newstalk 1010, talks to civil litigator Darryl Singer about his article published February 18, 2017, in The Globe and Mail about Anxiety, Depression and Addiction.