Contingency Fee Retainer Agreement

Regulations under Ontario's Solicitors Act have specific requirements for a contingency fee retainer agreement between a client and lawyer. See Ontario's Contingency Fee Agreements Regulations here. These were enacted with potentially vulnerable personal-injury clients in mind, but we are still required to comply with these regulations to enter into a valid retainer agreement to recover unpaid debts for you on a contingency-fee basis.  It makes the agreement somewhat ungainly, but the core concept is still plain:  you pay no fee unless we recover money for you.  Once you have submitted information about your business and the debts you would like us to collect through the “Let’s Get Started” form on the contact page, we will provide you a copy of our retainer agreement to complete.  Please then scan and e-mail it to us at or fax it to us at 519 658 2499.

Claim Submission Form

Once you have entered into a written retainer agreement with us, please submit claims to us for recovery using one of the forms below.  The first option is an Excel spreadsheet.  Fill out the information in the green cells, following the instructions that appear when you are in each cell.  Please then e-mail the completed spreadsheet to us at  The second option is a traditional paper form.  Please complete a form for each debt you want recovered and either fax it to us at 519 658 2499 or scan and e-mail it to us at  Please include in your fax or e-mail supporting documentation establishing the debt such as credit application, contract, invoices, statements, credit report, banking references, regular and e-mail correspondence, etc. 

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Electronic Form - Payment Reporting Spreadsheet

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Electronic Form - Consumer Debt Submission Spreadsheet

Contingency based collection means that payment for our work is contingent upon our success. If we are unsuccessful in our attempts to collect, you pay no fee.


Collectrite Credit Bureau Collections referred our office to the Christensen Law Firm after recovering $42,000 of a $140,000 delinquent debt owed to us by a commercial customer. Due to the poor results that we had in the past with paying lawyers by the hour, we were leaning towards writing off the remainder of the debt. Mr. Christensen put his money where his mouth is and offered to work on a contingency fee basis and charge only for upfront court costs. They assumed we were paying Mr. Christensen by the hour and would fold, but he was true to his word and didn’t charge any hourly fees; just a percentage of what he recovered. Mr. Christensen first won a motion for summary judgment on our behalf in Superior Court. Christensen Law Firm recovered $117,000 on our original debt of $98,000. Using Christensen Law Firm not only obtained the money that was owing to us; but it also gave us the satisfaction to see someone who had lied to us, cheated us and made false accusations against us; be held accountable and proven wrong in court.

- Tom Smith, Registered Insurance Broker, John F. Smith Insurance Brokers Ltd.