Legal costs related to the future Quebec tramway are exploding, reveals Le Soleil. These costs were initially to be $ 375,000, before rising to $ 4,375,000 following a meeting of elected officials from Quebec City at the end of 2019: an envelope of $ 5 million with taxes.
The tramway project had just moved from the Réseau de transport de la Capitale to Quebec City.
According to the City spokesperson, David O’Brien, the amount of the contract has increased to include the legal framework for the recruitment process of consortia interested in designing, financing, building and maintaining the tramway.
Norton Rose Fulbright had inherited the streetcar contract in 2018, but Fasken jumped in in late 2020 when the lawyer on file, Me Alain Ricard, went from the first cabinet to the other.
The two firms are now sharing the case: Me Ricard leads the legal advisory service in the alternative procurement process, and Norton Rose Fulbright is responsible for all other legal advisory services.
“No delay results from this partial assignment, because the main lawyer in the case has remained the same,” assures the spokesperson for the City of Quebec. No loss of velocity or mastery of knowledge. On the contrary, the pursuit of the file by Me Ricard now working at Fasken allows the Project Office to keep the momentum and continue its efforts to prepare and complete the call for proposals. “
As of November 1, 2020, fees of “$ 1,419,315.40 before taxes” had been paid to the two firms.