Retainer Agreements Learning Module

Introduction and Objectives

The objectives of the Retainers module are to:
  • identify the types of retainers and what they should contain; and
  •  understand the requirements relating to contingent fee agreements.

Navigating this Module

This module features the following components:
Written Material: The module describes the nature and purpose of specific money retainers as well as the nature and requirements of contingent fee agreements.
Test: The test for this module features a fact pattern followed by a question. Test questions are drawn from the written material only and not the Additional Resources or the footnotes to the written material.
Appendices and Additional Resources: Additional valuable resources are available, some of which are included in the Appendices and Additional Resources section of this module. You are not tested on this additional material, although you are encouraged to review any resources that best suit the nature of your practice.
Although we aim to present a comprehensive module, this module is not exhaustive. This module is not a substitute for exercising professional judgment and does not constitute legal advice.
This module was updated in December 2017. As you read through this module, if you find any information that is unclear, inaccurate or outdated, please advise the Law Society.


The information contained in these modules, including references to websites, appendices or links, has been prepared to assist readers as they develop or refresh their skills in the various areas of law covered by the modules. Given the changing nature of the law, readers should exercise their own skill and professional judgment when using the content. Always refer to the most current statutes, regulations, and practice directions, as well as the most recent case law and any other appropriate sources. These materials do not provide legal advice and should not be relied on in any way.
  1. Retainer Agreements

  2. Retainer Agreements (continued)

  3. Caution

  4. Contingent Fee Agreements

  5. Contingent Fee Agreements (continued)

  6. Contingent Fee Agreements (continued)

  7. Limited Retainers

  8. End of Lesson