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  • alasota
    alasota Posts: 13 Forumite
    Looks like they might be able to help. Thats Handy info. Thanks.
  • Argyll_2
    Argyll_2 Posts: 154 Forumite
    I agree. A few years ago my solicitor tried to overcharge me by £3000 and wouldn't budge. However when I threatened him with the law society and the office of supervisory solicitors (oss) he soon backed down. I wonder who the crooks really are?
  • borntoshop
    borntoshop Posts: 2,177 Forumite
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    How far back can Hatelys go with this, i presume that once paid the bill is not able to be questioned, anyone know?
  • borntoshop
    borntoshop Posts: 2,177 Forumite
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    thanks, still wondering quite how far, i was on Legal Aid at the time and won an unfair dismissal, the solicitors charged a lot for a few letters and one free consultation.
  • darbooka
    darbooka Posts: 489 Forumite
    And for those who feel the need for a better understanding of wording on a bill, or the vocuabulary used in anything a lawyer might be trying to explain, the following might be of some assistance (and it's free :) ): LawDictionaries.com at https://www.lawdictionaries.com offers a convenient index of free online law dictionaries and other useful tools.
  • For 'Solicitors' read 'Licence to Print Money'

    Divorce is often messy... but seams solicitors interested only in generating conflict as this increrases their work and their earnings... and of course divorcing me from my savings!!
    'A Man Who Knows The Price Of Everything Knows The Value of Nothing' Oscar Wilde
  • molly1_2
    molly1_2 Posts: 5 Forumite
    Courts of Detailed Assessment due to the issue of a "Remuneration Certificate" and reduction in solicitors bill--can anyone put me right about court proceedings, what to do? where to go to get advise other than the Law Society! very worried beneficery!!!
  • sugar&spice
    sugar&spice Posts: 35 Forumite
    I'd just like to say not all solicitors are bad guys. My bf is a family solicitor, he has his own practice and he works really hard and doesn't charge extortionate rates.

    When I tell people they always tell me i've done well there and i'll be set up for life... lol - not all solicitors do it for the money, I was actually surprised at how little he earns compared to the rumours that go around about solicitor's earnings.

    Anyway, just thought i'd mention it.
  • salthegal
    salthegal Posts: 422 Forumite
    icklejay wrote:
    Just wanted to let everyone know that my friend recently had a large solicitor bill and instead of simply paying it as most people do he sent it to a firm called Hateleys (https://www.hateleys.com) who audited the costs and reduced them fairly substantially. I always thought you had to just pay solicitors costs but apparently you have the right to question the reasonableness of them. Hateleys did all the work and simply updated my friend as was necessary and then informed him of the reduction that had been agreed with the solicitor - completeley pain free. If you've got solicitor bills its probably worth giving Hateleys a try - my friend was very happy with them and it's about time solicitors stopped getting so much money. Quite a good way to save some money I think

    Are you at all associated with this firm in anyway, it's just that your first and only posts are about this firm? Sorry about my suspisions but it looks like it could be a bit of a plug? :confused:

    Has anyone else here had experience of this firm and recommendations for them it's just that their website isnt working properly (pages not found etc) and it doesnt look too professional to me, also whether its a national firm would be great to know.

    thanks sal:T
  • mssjab
    mssjab Posts: 119 Forumite
    I'd just like to say not all solicitors are bad guys. My bf is a family solicitor, he has his own practice and he works really hard and doesn't charge extortionate rates.

    When I tell people they always tell me i've done well there and i'll be set up for life... lol - not all solicitors do it for the money, I was actually surprised at how little he earns compared to the rumours that go around about solicitor's earnings.

    Anyway, just thought i'd mention it.

    I'm sure you're right, but the problem is in finding a good one.

    When I went through my divorce 20 plus years ago my solicitor told me that the biggest problem in reaching a settlement is the solicitors.

    Recently I split with my long term partner and we had some property matters to sort out. Quite quickly we reached an agreement on this and her solicitor drew up some sort of 'deed' (which of course wasn't necessary). Not surprisingly, if I'd signed the deed it would have cost me 10's of thousands of pounds and when I complained to my ex about it she said that her solicitor had no right, let alone her permission, to incorporate this condition into any agreement.

    As we had reached an agreement on a settlement I had asked a solicitor to 'wrap things up for me'. I don't want to waste time explaining how my solicitors went about this but suffice to say that they were quickly sacked.

    Clearly there's a problem with how solicitors work and how their charges are calculated otherwise companies who specialise in checking solicitors bills would quickly go out of business. A suggestion I would make is that anyone who instructs a solicitor should keep a tight control on how they (the solicitor) are spending your money by putting a limit on what they can go up to - say in £250/£500 increments. If this is a problem, go get another solicitor. There's plenty about only too pleased to take your money.
    At the outset you should ask for a full written statement of charges and you should note that you will be charged for everything (reading a short letter from the other solicitor and sending you a copy with your solicitors comments can easily cost you £25, or more). I suggest that you give a solicitor EXACT instructions (leaving nothing that can be mistaken), put everything in writing, query every action your solicitor takes, and avoid having 'meetings'
    If you can, avoid using a solicitor unless you really have to. Remember, solicitors work for themselves and their clients (generally) are their meal ticket. At the end of the day, they have no more loyalty to you then I have.
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