Frequently Asked Questions

What is the meaning of “trial counsel”?

The term trial counsel means trial lawyer. Trial counsel often do work for other lawyers or the general public.

Mick Hassell has significant trial experience, which is available to lawyers and the public by way of trial resources, trial consulting (all cases) and trial representation (select cases).

What are your best trial resources?

The trial book HOW TO WINg A TRIAL and the Ontario Civil Trial Checklist are the most bang for your buck. The trial book is a short, easy read. The trial checklist will help you get ready for trial.

There are many free trial resources, the most popular of which are the Ontario Civil Trial Manual and the Pre-Trial Conference Checklist.

What does trial consulting look like?

Most of our consultations follow a 3-step process:

  1. Review – a summary and key documents, or pleadings and key documents, or mediation briefs, or pre-trial conference briefs, depending on the stage of the case.
  2. Discuss – a telephone call to discuss the case and any questions.
  3. Advice – recommendations on how to value, build, settle and/or take a case to trial. Trial recommendations often relate to the 6 trial fundamentals.

The objective of any trial consultation is to add value to your case by assessing the situation, answering your questions and recommending a course of action.

To start the process, please consult trial counsel here.

Pro tip: to make the most of a trial consultation, it may help to explore our trial resources first, as many common trial issues are addressed by the trial resources. This will help focus your questions and elevate our discussion.

How long before trial should I get in touch?

For trial consulting (available for all cases), Mick has been retained years, months or days before trial. On occasion he is retained on the eve of trial or even mid-trial on an issue that has arisen.

It can be advantageous to have a trial consultation well before trial to discuss long-range issues and trial preparation. Mick is available for last minute trial consulting.

For trial representation (select cases only), Mick generally is retained a few months before trial, although he has been retained last minute in some circumstances.

What fee arrangements do you offer?

Single trial consultations are quoted on a fixed fee basis.

On-going trial consulting may be based on an hourly rate. Monthly or weekly retainer arrangements are possible as well.

Trial representation may be based on daily or weekly rates, a contingency fee in appropriate circumstances, or a hybrid fee comprised of a base rate plus a success fee. It is important to keep in mind that there are a few days of trial prep for each day of trial, hence trial representation can be costly.

Trial consulting is more cost-effective than trial representation in most cases. Most cases settle and our trial consulting is a catalyst for settlement in many cases.

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