Arbitrations are typically billed on a per diem basis for each hearing or mediation day booked with any additional time, including time engaged in the writing of the award, being billed on an hourly basis ($360 per hour). Each day booked covers a seven hour day (usually 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM) and one budgeted hour of prehearing telephone conferencing.
Per diems for the National Capital Region, Kingston and Montreal:
Per diems for Toronto: $3,600
Per diems for other parts of Ontario and Quebec: $4,000
What is included in the per diem:
Administration, travel time, travel expenses and one hour of pre-hearing telephone conferencing per day booked.
What is NOT included in the per diem:
Applicable HST, the cost of the facilities in which the arbitration is conducted, adjournment/cancellation fees, pre-hearing conference time in excess of one hour per day of hearing time booked, and time engaged in writing the award.
If notice of cancellation or adjournment is received at least THIRTY BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE of the scheduled commencement of the hearing: An administration cancellation fee of $300 will be charged.
If notice of cancellation or adjournment is received TWENTY-NINE BUSINESS DAYS OR LESS before the scheduled commencement of the hearing: An administration fee of $1000 will be charged.
In all other cases: One half of the per diem time booked plus any pre-hearing conference time that would not have been covered by the per diem billed at $360.00 per hour plus HST. We also invoice any cost of cancelling travel arrangements.
Any time engaged in pre-hearing conferences related to a cancelled hearing date is charged at $360.00 per hour plus HST. We also invoice any cost of cancelling travel arrangements.
The parties are responsible for the cost of the facilities in which the arbitration is conducted. We have facilities in Ottawa and Toronto that we can make available to the parties. In Ottawa, the cost of that space is $450 per day. In Toronto the cost is $600.
The parties share fees, cancellation/adjournment fees and disbursements equally unless a different distribution is provided for by law, agreement, a court order or disposition at the hearing. In the absence of a retainer being provided to the arbitrator, the law firm representing a party is responsible for that party’s share of fees, cancellation/adjournment fees and disbursements and for recovering these from the client.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on our fees.