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In the past we have often visited the subjects of legal fees and engagement letters. Two cases from 2012 suggest that there are some lessons that should be taken to heart if lawyers and their firms are to avoid, or at least minimize the scope for, disputes about whether they are entitled to a fee, and if so how it should be calculated. The first case, Asesores Y Consejeros Aconsec CIA S.A. dba Coronel Y Perez Abogados v. Global Emerging Markets North America, 841 F.Supp.2d 762 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) ( Asesores), addresses a perennial problem: How can a law firm confirm the details and scope of an engagement and protect its right to a fee where a client fails to countersign and return a properly and timely proffered engagement letter?

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