If you’re one of the few people in the world who can actually afford to sue, you might want to think twice before you settle.
You might want your case heard in court.
A new report from the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSU) suggests that lawyers should consider the legal fees they’re being asked to pay for the chance to pursue a claim.
The report notes that, at the end of the day, the money a lawyer spends on the court case “will be less than the value of the benefits they have in common with the plaintiff.”
It adds that lawyers will also be on the hook for court costs if the case is lost or fails to proceed, or if they don’t get their day in court in time.
This may make the lawyer feel a bit like the victim of a crime, says Louis P. Smith, a professor of law at the University of Calgary and former chair of the law society’s legal services committee.
“The lawyer is on the losing side of a very real injustice,” Smith says.
This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.