ARBITRATION, MEDIATION & PARENTING COORDINATION

The general rate for arbitration, mediation, med-arb and parenting coordination services with John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers is $425 per hour, plus applicable federal and provincial taxes, for all work performed by John-Paul Boyd including conferences, hearings, telephone calls, videoconferences, correspondence, drafting and review of documents. Because of the speed, abbreviated processes and expedited resolution arbitration offers, it will almost always be cheaper to resolve a dispute through arbitration than through litigation. The same is true of mediation when settlement is reached.

In most circumstances, clients are also responsible for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred by John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers in connection with the arbitration, mediation, med-arb or parenting coordination services provided, including experts’ fees, accommodation where meetings and hearings are located elsewhere than Calgary, boardroom booking fees, equipment rentals and photocopying when commercial printing services are used. Clients are not responsible for John-Paul’s travel costs other than accommodation; we do not charge for travel time and do not require clients to pay for expenses such as airfare and mileage.

Note that writing arbitral awards is notoriously time-consuming when done well. As a general rule, clients should expect that each half-day spent at an arbitration hearing will require one full day of writing time afterward.

INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE SERVICES

The general rate for independent legal advice services provided by John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers is $400 per hour, plus applicable federal and provincial taxes, for all work performed by John-Paul, including meetings, telephone calls, videoconferences, correspondence and review of documents.

Note that practice standards vary between Alberta and British Columbia. In British Columbia, independent legal advice on family law agreements, including cohabitation, marriage and separation agreements, will generally require one to two hours of John-Paul’s time. In Alberta, independent legal advice on family law agreements involves a full review of financial and other information, and will generally require three to eight hours of John-Paul’s time.

Independent legal advice on participation agreements, which are usually required for arbitration, mediation, collaborative negotiation and parenting coordination, will generally require one hour or less of John-Paul’s time.

CHILDREN’S LEGAL SERVICES

The general rate for preparing views of the child reports, drafting children’s affidavits and providing legal advice to children, where the services relate to proceedings in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the British Columbia Supreme Court or the Courts of Appeal of either province, is $400 per hour, plus applicable federal and provincial taxes. In most circumstances, clients are also responsible for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred by John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers to interview children, including accommodation where overnight travel outside of Calgary is required, boardroom booking fees, equipment rentals and photocopying when commercial printing services are used. Clients are not responsible for John-Paul’s travel costs other than accommodation; we do not charge for travel time and do not require clients to pay for expenses such as airfare and mileage.

The general rate is $250 per hour, plus applicable federal and provincial taxes, plus any expenses incurred by John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers to interview children, for children’s legal services that:

  1. relate to litigation proceedings in the Alberta Provincial Court or the British Columbia Provincial Court; or,

  2. are provided to low-income families in Alberta or British Columbia.