[1, 2] When, as in the present case, the parties waive a jury trial, the court must make findings of fact sufficient to support its judgment and upon its failure to find material facts, the matter must be remanded for such findings. Jamison v. Charlotte, 239 N.C. 423, 79 S.E. 2d 797 (1953) ; Strong, N. C. Index 2d, Trial, § 58. Findings of fact made by the court and supported by competent evidence are conclusive, even though there be evidence in the record which would have supported contrary findings. Goldsboro v. Railroad, 246 N.C. 101, 97 S.E. 2d 486 (1957) ; Strong, N. C. Index 2d, Trial, § 58. The record before us contains evidence sufficient to support the findings of fact made by the trial judge.
It appears upon the record before us that the defendants, having an offer for a sale of land, upon the condition that a marketable title could be conveyed to the prospective purchaser, employed the plaintiff Hamilton to determine whether such title could be conveyed. Upon his report that a marketable title could not be conveyed without the institution and completion of a Torrens proceeding, which might or might not be successful, the parties had several conferences. Thereupon, they agreed that the proceeding would be instituted and the defendants would pay for the legal services rendered therein a contingent fee of twenty-five per cent (subsequently reduced to twenty per cent) of the profit realized upon the sale of the land. For the purposes of the present action, it is immaterial whether this contract was made by the defendants with both of the plaintiffs, or with Hamilton alone and assigned in part by him to Rock. The contract as to the fee was made while the relationship of attorney and client existed between the parties to the contract.
[3, 4] In Stern v. Hyman, 182 N.C. 422, 109 S.E. 79, 19 A.L.R. 844 (1921), this Court held that a contract between an attorney *104and- his client, made while the attorney-client relationship was in existence, fixing the attorney’s compensation, is void as a matter of law and the attorney may recover for services rendered on the basis of quantum meruit only. As we noted in Randolph v. Schuyler, 284 N.C. 496, 201 S.E. 2d 833 (1974), this portion of the decision in Stern v. Hyman, supra, is not in accord with the; rule generally prevailing in other jurisdictions. To this extent, Stern v. Hyman, supra, is hereby overruled. The correct rule, as stated in Randolph v. Schuyler, supra, at p. 504, is as follows:
“A contract made between an attorney and his client, during the existence of the relationship, concerning the fee to be charged for the attorney’s services, will be upheld if, but only if,' it is shown to be reasonable and to have, been fairly and freely made, with full knowledge by the client of its effect and of all the material circumstances relating to -the reasonableness of the fee. The burden of proof is upon the' attorney to show the reasonableness and the fairness of the contract, not upon the client to show the contrary.”
This rule is applicable whether the contract is for a fixed fee- or for a contingent fee.
 The rule governing a contract for a contingent fee, whether made during the existence of the attorney-client relationship or prior to its inception, is thus stated by this Court in Casket Co. v. Wheeler, 182 N.C. 459, 467, 109 S.E. 378, 19 A.L.R. 391 (1921) :
“A contract for a contingent fee must be made in good faith, without suppression or reserve of fact or of apprehended difficulties, and without undue influence of any sort or degree; and the compensation bargained for must be absolutely just and fair, so that the transaction may be characterized throughout by all good faith to the client.”
The contract upon which the plaintiffs sue is one for a contingent fee and was made during- the existence of the attorney-client relationship. The right of the plaintiffs thereunder is, therefore, subject to both of the above stated rules.
 The contract related to services to be rendered by the plaintiffs in a matter falling within the scope of a business in which- both defendants were experienced. Both of them were aware of the general nature of and the necessity for the pro*105posed proceeding. The evidence in the record is sufficient to support, but not to compel, a finding of fact that the contract as to the attorney’s fee was reasonable, was fairly and freely made, with full knowledge by the defendants of its effect and of all the material circumstances relating to the reasonableness of the fee, that it was made in good faith, without suppression or reserve of fact or of apprehended difficulties, and that it was made without undue influence of any sort or degree.
It is not a prerequisite to such a finding that other attorneys be called as witnesses to testify as to the reasonableness of the fee. Neither is it a prerequisite to such a finding that the attorney introduce in evidence a detailed, itemized statement of the time spent by him in rendering the service, though, ordinarily, he would be well advised to do so. In the present instance, the reasonableness of the fee sought to be recovered is to be determined not by the jury but by the judge who is frequently called upon to determine the reasonableness of fees to be paid to attorneys for their services.
Since the evidence in the record is sufficient to permit the court to make findings favorable to the plaintiffs upon the material auestions of fact above mentioned, the contention of the defendants that the action should have been dismissed at the close of all the evidence is without merit. However, since the trial court did not make findings upon these questions, the matter must be remanded to the Superior Court for findings thereon and the entry of a proper judgment supported by such findings.
While the matter must be remanded to the Superior Court for its findings upon the above mentioned questions of fact, a complete new trial, which appears to be contemplated by the judgment of the Court of Appeals, is not necessary. No error of law is shown in the findings of fact heretofore made. These are conclusive. The matter must be remanded to the Superior Court solely for findings as to the above mentioned questions of fact, which findings the Superior Court may make upon the present record, together with such further evidence as the Superior Court may deem necessary to enable it to make such findings, and thereupon to enter its judgment. To this extent only, the judgment of the Court of Appeals is modified.
Modified and affirmed.
Chief Justice Bobbitt not sitting.