To stay up to date about rules around private billing, we encourage you to review the applicable section in the LABC Tariffs’ General Terms and Conditions, numbered 53-55, which includes the following information:
- A tariff lawyer must not bill a client privately or accept funds from any source on behalf of a client on any matter related to the case specified in a representation contract without prior written authorization. To seek authorization, submit a CPR authorization request via the Lawyer Portal.
- Tariff lawyers cannot privately bill clients retroactively for services provided under a legal aid representation contract.
- With the client’s consent, a tariff lawyer may enter into a private retainer with the client to continue any further services if the client is deemed by LABC to be no longer eligible for legal aid.