A growing number of lawyers are turning to contingency work, using the legal system to collect debts from individuals who are not in debt.
In some cases, the clients have never even been charged with a crime.
And because of the way debt collection works, there’s little incentive for people to go to court and defend themselves.
“The court system is a huge drain on the economy,” says Jason Denton, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Law and a co-author of the forthcoming book, Debt and the Law: The Legal Economy of Contingency.
“It’s not a bad thing, but it’s not one that is necessarily attractive.”
There are some mitigating factors to contingency lawyers’ efforts.
The work is not subject to the strictures of a criminal trial, and many lawyers use it to get their clients to pay up on their debts.
Contingent lawyers are also less likely to be caught in the crossfire of lawsuits, since there are fewer opportunities for a lawsuit to come after them.
Contending that the work is legal means the client will have to pay for their mistakes, so the risk of having to pay off their debt is minimal.
“People are paying for their mistake, and then it’s up to the contingency lawyer to get it paid for,” says Denton.
But even though contingency lawyers are not going to be the only lawyers on the job, they may become a huge part of the legal economy in the future.
“They can be the primary resource for a lot of people who don’t have the ability to pay,” says Marc Fournier, the director of the Centre for Legal Services at Simon Fraser University.
Fourner says contingency lawyers can also be a resource for people who do not have the skills to handle criminal and civil debt collection cases, since they can take on debt collection for small amounts.
He says that contingency lawyers, like other debt collection specialists, are not the most ethical and ethical people.
“I don’t know that they are ethically perfect, but they’re not necessarily unethical,” he says.
A number of companies offer contingency work and Denton says the companies are taking advantage of the new economy.
In his book, he also notes that the government is looking at contingency lawyers for some jobs.
“If they’re making an effort to make contingency lawyers available, that’s good,” he notes.
But the government says contingency work is available to anyone who wants to use it.
“As long as they are not taking on more than $500 a month, contingency work can be performed by people of all ages, backgrounds and occupations,” says a spokesperson for the Canada Revenue Agency.
“You can be paid at any time and without fear of penalties.”
Denton thinks there is more work to be done.
“There’s a whole set of things that the federal government needs to address before contingency work becomes so widespread that it becomes not only unethical but dangerous,” he said.
“This is a system that has been created in order to get people to pay money that they didn’t owe.
The problem is, we don’t need to get more people into this business.”
Dethroned for good By 2018, contingency lawyers will have been replaced by a new class of legal professionals called contingency and legal advisers, who are working in different fields.
“We have a new generation of people working for contingency and they’re doing a very good job,” says Scott Sisk, a lawyer at St. John’s Law School.
“At least in the legal world, they’re very successful.”
The rise of contingency lawyers is part of a new wave of work that is replacing more traditional lawyers.
In the past, there were some professions that were established primarily by lawyers, such as accounting, accounting services and business administration.
In these professions, lawyers were required to handle complex financial situations and have a high level of experience in the fields.
That has been replaced in many fields.
The new wave is mostly being done by lawyers who are trained in the areas of financial law, accounting and taxation.
There are also a number of non-lawyers who are looking to fill these roles.
“Most of the lawyers who have started in these fields are trained by other lawyers,” says Fourniers.
“A lot of them have not been trained by a lawyer.”
Contingents are not only being hired to handle debt collection but they are also being trained in debt collection.
There is a significant gap in the work landscape between contingency lawyers and the rest of the profession, says Faisal Haider, a professor at Simon, Fraser and McGill University’s Law and Legal Education Program.
The gap in practice is due to the fact that people are using their own skills and expertise in some of these areas, which means that people who are familiar with these areas are not training their colleagues in those areas, he says, adding that many lawyers are looking for people with the skills they are lacking. Faiser