New Directives on legal fees issued by the Ghana Bar Association

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has announced new guidelines for lawyers and their clients about legal fees.

According to the GBA, legal services must be compensated in accordance with the worth of the time spent or the value created, as defined by the economic situation in which the service is delivered.

The Scale of Fees is a set of rules that governs how much lawyers charge for their services.

The GBA announced on Thursday, April 21, that fees are quoted in both Ghana Cedis and US Dollars and are to be applied to services supplied to Ghanaian and international clients, respectively, as specified by law.

“The essence of these guidelines shall be negotiation and agreement between Counsel and the client within the range prescribed below before the commencement of the provision of legal services. The law entitles every lawyer to reasonable compensation for his services.

“In negotiating for fees a lawyer shall adhere to these approved tariffs and shall avoid charges which either overestimate or undervalue the
service rendered, though in legal aid cases, the poverty of the client may require a less charge or even none at all.

“The negotiation will take into consideration the nature and/amount of work involved and estimated time to be spent on it.
The terms of payment may include a deposit of up to fifty percent of the agreed fees payable upon firm instructions being given to commence work unless the Client and Counsel agree otherwise.”

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