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Alternative Fee Arrangement pilot project expands

Friday, December 18, 2015

Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFA) are expanding to make the pilot project more widely available to lawyers and law firms. Previously, only lawyers with three or more years of history with Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) could qualify for AFA enrolment. Now, lawyers/firms who have less history but who have established a good working relationship with LAO are eligible.

An AFA is an alternative to hourly billing for lawyers or law firms where LAO provides monthly payments for a predetermined number and range of legal aid services to LAO clients.

AFAs offer lawyer/law firms simplified administration, predictable income and more autonomy.

It’s been almost two years since the first law firm signed an AFA with Legal Aid Ontario (LAO). Today, more than 100 lawyers and law firms are on AFAs across the province.

The pilot project started in 2014 with the first agreement signed on February 1.

“These past two years have allowed us to explore what works and what doesn’t,” says LAO’s Director, Lawyer Services and Payments, Lesley Byfield. “We tailor our contracts to individual practices and build flexibility and responsiveness into the contract.”

More information about the AFA pilot project is available on a new section on the LAO website, located under ‘Information for lawyers’.

To speak directly with someone about AFAs, contact your director general.


Nancy Beal
Communications Advisor
Legal Aid Ontario
Telephone: (416) 979-2352 ext. 5456