A retainer agreement is a written contract that establishes the scope of work and the terms that set out your relationship between you and the lawyer. These usually include:

  • The level of authority to act on the client’s behalf
  • The lawyer’s billable hourly rate
  • Disbursements – fees that are paid for by the law firm to reimbursed by the client (e.g. filing fees, photocopies, couriers)
  • What happens if either party terminates the working relationship