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The Statutory Standards for Lawyer’s Fees in Guangdong Province
1. Hourly Rate
1.1 Applicable Scope: all legal services
1.2 Standard for Charges: 200RMB---3000RMB an hour
1.3 Floating Extent of Charges: 20%
2. Charges on the Claim Amount Basis
2.1 Applicable Scope: various lawsuits, arbitrations and other legal issues concerning the execution of a case.
2.2 Standard for Charges:
2.2.1 In Criminal Cases
188.8.131.52 Inquisitional Phase: 2000RMB---6000RMB
184.108.40.206 Examination and Prosecuting Phases: 6000RMB---16000RMB
220.127.116.11 Trial Phase: 6000RMB---33000RMB
Should the lawyer’s fees not exceed 1.5 times of the statutory standards, negotiated fees are permissive as to those hard, complicated and important cases as well as group criminal cases.
The fees for private prosecution and the attorney of the victim shall be also executed abide by the above standards.
2.2.2 In Civil, Commercial and Administrative Cases:
18.104.22.168 Property not involved: 3000RMB---20000RMB
22.214.171.124 Property involved: Lawyer’s fees are, in addition to the basic fees from 1000RMB to 8000RMB, calculated as a percentage of the value of the subject matter as follows:
50,000(including 50,000) or below: free from more charges
50,000 to 100,000(including 100,000): 8%
100,000 to 500,000(including 500,000): 5%
500,000 to 1,000,000(including 1,000,000): 4%
1,000,000 to 5,000,000(including 5,000,000): 3%
5,000,000 to 10,000,000(including10, 000,000): 2%
10,000,000 to 50,000,000(including50, 000,000): 1%
50,000,000 or above: 0.5%
126.96.36.199 Floating Extent of Charges: 20%
188.8.131.52 The aforesaid standards and proportions for lawyer’s fees apply to one trial level of a case and arbitrations. Lawyers who only appeal on behalf of the clients shall charge according to the standards aforementioned. In the event the lawyers on behalf of the clients: 1) have appeared in the trial of the first instance and now appeal for the clients, or 2) have appeared in either the trial of the first instance or the appeal, and then now work for retrial cases, retrial applications or confirmation of retrial cases, they shall charge half of the fees in accordance with the aforesaid standards. Lawyers shall charge half of the fees pursuant to the aforesaid standards for any case involving arbitrations in the trial of the first instance or the appeal.
184.108.40.206 The venture fees are applicable in civil and commercial cases concerning property relationship. The highest charges shall not exceed 30% of the subject matter.
3. Negotiated Fee
3.1 Applicable Scope: non-litigious affairs other than litigations, arbitrations and execution of cases.
3.2 Standards of Charges: negotiated fees.