When we agree to represent a client for a lawsuit litigation, conciliation, or out-of-court negotiation, we prepare a letter of engagement contract that stipulates the lawyer’s fee. The client must pay some of these fees, and all expenses, even if the result is unfavorable. The fee structure can include an Initial Fee, Contingency Fee, an Actual Fee, and an Allowance.
※ In the event that we receive any funds related to our representation of you, including settlement or award proceeds, we may use these amounts to satisfy your fee and expense obligations before disbursing the balance to you.
Q1: What is the Initial Fee (CHAKUSHU-KIN) and how is it calculated?
The Initial Fee is a non-refundable sum that the client pays when we agree to represent them, before any legal services are provided. This is 8% of the claimed economic interest or 5% for the portion that exceeds 3 million.
→ What happens if you represent me for additional matters?
If we agree to represent you in any other matters, you will need to pay an engagement fee for each individual engagement. The engagement fee is considered earned by the firm upon receipt.
Q2: What is the Contingency Fee (HOUSHUU-KIN) and how is it determined?
The Contingency Fee is calculated based on the amount of economic interest secured for the client at the end of the matter. This is typically 16% of the economic interest secured or 10% for the portion that is 3 million or more.
→ What happens to the Contingency Fee if I decide to file an appeal?
If you wish to file an appeal, you only need to pay the attorney fees associated with the final appellate case filed unless otherwise specified.
Q3: What is the Allowance for trips (NITTOU)?
The Allowance is a daily fee clients pay when members of our firm must travel to perform the legal services associated with your matter.
Q4: What are Actual Fees (JIPPI)?
Actual Fees cover payments for revenue stamps, postage, copying, communication, transportation, and accommodation. You are also responsible for security deposits, court filing expenses, and any other required expenditure associated with your case.
→ How are Actual Fees estimated and paid?
We can provide an estimate of the legal expenses when we agree to represent you, which you can pay upfront, or we can charge you each time these expenses are incurred.
（For your convenience, we have compiled the aforementioned information into a chart below, which also includes Japanese translations for your reference.）
of claimed economic interest
( or 5% for the portion => 3mil)
|Initial Fee (CHAKUSHU-KIN, also called Attorney Engagement Fee) is the non-refundable sum of money a client pays to the attorney when the attorney agrees to represent the client and before any legal services are provided. If the firm agrees to represent the client with respect to any other matters, the client pays an engagement fee for each individual engagement. The engagement fee is considered to be earned by the firm upon receipt and, therefore, is not a fee paid in advance.|
of economic interest secured
( or 10% for the portion >= 3mil)
|Contingency fee(HOUSHUU-KIN) is calculated in proportion to the amount of economic interest gained for the client at the conclusion of a matter, such as when a judgment has been rendered in the client’s favor, when a settlement has been reached, or when a conciliation or alternative dispute resolution case has been completed. If we agree to continue representing a client who wishes to file an appeal, the client is only obligated to pay the attorney fees associated with the final appellate case filed, unless otherwise specified.|
|Attorney Allowance for trips(NITTOU) is a daily allowance a client pays, in addition to the legal expenses described below, when members of our firm must travel in order to perform the legal services associated with the client’s matter.|
|Actual Fee (JIPPI, also called Legal Expenses) include payments for revenue stamps, postage, copying, communication, transportation and accommodation. Clients are also responsible for security deposits, court filing expenses and any other required expenditure associated with the case. The firm can provide an estimate of the legal expenses and the client can pay when the firm agrees to represent the client, or the firm can charge the client each time these legal expenses will be incurred.|
If the attorney receives funds from the client or a third party in relation to the firm’s representation of a client, including funds related to a provisional seizure, a security deposit for provisional disposition, deposit money, or settlement or award proceeds, the firm may draw from these amounts to satisfy the client’s fee and expense obligations described in this document before the firm disburses the balance to the client.