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31/05/16 ATTORNEY’S FEES; ATTORNEYS’ FEES; ATTORNEY FEES: Which one is correct?

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The first of these now appears to be prevalent. See Attorney’s Fee Act, 42 U.S.C. article 1988 (1982). The plural possessive attorneys’ fees is just as good, and some may even prefer that term in contexts in which there is clearly more than one attorney referred to. Attorney fees may sound inelegant to some (not to me), but it’s increasingly common. It might be considered a means to avoid having to get the apostrophe right. Counsel fees is another, less-than-common variant.
The only form to avoid at all costs is attorneys fees, in which the first word is a genitive adjective with the apostrophe wrongly omitted.

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