- a sharing in the proceeds of litigation by one who agrees with either the plaintiff or defendant to help promote it or carry it on.
Origin of champerty
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In England, contingent fees are held to be clearly within the statutes of champerty and maintenance.An Essay on Professional Ethics
- law (formerly) an illegal bargain between a party to litigation and an outsider whereby the latter agrees to pay for the action and thereby share in any proceeds recoveredSee also maintenance
C14: from Anglo-French champartie, from Old French champart share of produce, from champ field + part share (a feudal lord's)