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    icklejay
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    Solicitors Costs
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    • 20th Oct 04, 12:59 PM
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    Solicitors Costs 20th Oct 04 at 12:59 PM
    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 (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
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  • shrek101
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    • 21st Oct 04, 2:36 AM
    Re: Solicitors Costs
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    • 21st Oct 04, 2:36 AM
    Good tip. I do agree Solcitors charge far too much. I have some serious issues with the way thsi country now treats people with regard to the law. It seems that you only get justice if you can afford it. Most people on low incomes can no longer turn to solictors for help in soem circumstances.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 27th Oct 04, 9:36 PM
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    Savvy_Sue
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    • 27th Oct 04, 9:36 PM
    Re: Solicitors Costs
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    • 27th Oct 04, 9:36 PM
    Do you know if this only applies to 'personal' bills, or if a company could submit their legal bill for review?
  • nellie_the_el
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    • 31st Oct 04, 7:38 PM
    Re: Solicitors Costs
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    • 31st Oct 04, 7:38 PM

    Do you know if this only applies to England & Wales?
  • icklejay
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    • 1st Nov 04, 3:44 PM
    Re: Solicitors Costs
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    • 1st Nov 04, 3:44 PM
    I've checked with Hateleys and it only applies to England and Wales as Scotland apparently has a fixed costs system. They can also look at almost any type of bill whether it is personal or business as long as it comes from a solicitor
  • bonehead50
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    • 3rd Nov 04, 1:50 AM
    Re: Solicitors Costs
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    • 3rd Nov 04, 1:50 AM
    Or you could always try Timmy

    http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=169688&command=newPage

    ;D ;D
  • rushnowt
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    • 3rd Nov 04, 3:53 AM
    Re: Solicitors Costs
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    • 3rd Nov 04, 3:53 AM
    Exellent tip thanks, i'm using a solicitor at the moment and the costs do seem to be creepin up, i will keep an eye on this one. ;D
  • Telz
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    • 17th Nov 04, 11:43 PM
    Re: Solicitors Costs
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    • 17th Nov 04, 11:43 PM
    Let me be frank - dealing with solicitors costs is my job.
    There are quite a number of firms throughout England and Wales which deal with the assessment of solicitors costs. I believe there are over 500 people in this field of law.

    Virtually all solicitors bills can be challenged. That includes bills delivered to companies as well as individuals.

    I do not mind answering legal questions (within reason)on this very specialist area. I originally qualified as a barrister and must warn people to be very careful to make sure they appoint a reputable firm to handle their solicitors invoices.

    Ian

  • malcolmord
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    • 18th Nov 04, 11:44 AM
    Re: Solicitors Costs
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    • 18th Nov 04, 11:44 AM
    Hopefully the solicitor wont charge additional interest while waiting for payment?
  • koolkat
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    Great tip!

    We had to instruct a solicitor to draw up some terms and conditions for us and she did a really bad job. Well when I say that, what she did was not what we asked for and I think the problem lay in that she didn't listen to what we wanted even after we had to go over it twice. > ??? ??? ??? Qualifications do not it seems automatically mean common sense and listening skills are in abundance.

    Even when we explained that what she had produced didn't fit our needs the bill came for the full whack which we refused to pay. We argued and eventually a lesser amount was agreed but only after endless letters and emails.

    Wish I'd known about this company then! Would have made life much easier. If there's ever a next time....
  • niteowl
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    It will be interesting to know if any other invoices from "professional" bodies can be checked i.e. accountants and Architects?

    My mate's got an architect to draw up some plans for them, and what they came up with was unacceptable and had to be done again - but still will billed for the time they got it wrong!
  • Telz
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    There are 2 questions in this thread - challenging bills from other professions such as accountants and challenging a bill that was paid about 4 months ago

    Its easily possible that the bill you paid 4 months ago could still be challenged. But, and theres always a but isn't there, it depends on the wording of the actual bill that was sent to you. Please understand this is an area of law itself, that can appear to be simple but often isn't.

    You should be aware that as I have said previously there are some very good firms out there, but there are also others which are run by people with no legal qualifications who you should stay well clear of. This is a specialist area of law.

    As for other professions I am afraid I only deal with solicitors bills so I can't assist. From personal experience though a complaint to the professional organisation (eg Institute of Accountants) can work to get reductions.

    Good luck

    Ian 8)
    • tobit
    • By tobit 18th Nov 04, 9:09 PM
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    tobit
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    I really do warn everyone to be very, very careful when dealing with solicitors. I naturally trust people, and over the years have used solicitors for house conveyancing and making a Will - all hunky dory, and very pleased. Then my marriage fell apart, I was all in pieces, and I guess the solicitor I went to saw me coming - there was half a million in assets between myself and my husband, after all. She broke every promise eg 'It'll cost you two thousand max' and 'All over in six months'. She was very busy busy achieving nothing and let me run up the debt with her, but I realised that too late, and then, I couldn't change solicitor. The bill in reality was nearer twenty thousand pounds and there was nothing I could do about it, and I didn't know where to turn, or who to trust. I discovered too late that she knew just how close to the wind she could sail without getting into trouble with the Law Society - who are virtually powerless in any case. I have been told that I should take her to Court - but that would cost money I no longer have and use up energy I lost in the battle with her two to five years ago.

    So - if there's anyone out there who can wise people up about rogue solicitors - I'll hang out the flags for them. You are the real angels :-*
  • Scooby_Saver
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    Hi,

    I have looked high and low for an address and contact numbers but cant find off the site

    Can anybody else see them.
  • Andy_Spoo
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    How much do these companies charge?? Anyone fancy writing up a list of good companies to use :-/

    Andy
  • Robert_Sterling
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    So - if there's anyone out there who can wise people up about rogue solicitors - I'll hang out the flags for them. !You are the real angels !:-*
    Charles Dickens did his best but more than a hundred years later the lawyers are still at it.


    • serpico
    • By serpico 5th Dec 04, 10:43 PM
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    serpico
    Re: Solicitors Costs
    Seen on an old gravestone in a Presbytrian churchyard

    HERE LIE THE REMAINS OF
    XXXXXXXXXXX
    A DEVOUT AND WELL RESPECTED
    ELDER OF THIS CHURCH
    AND A HONEST LAWYER
    ONE OF THE FEW
  • Kam
    Re: Solicitors Costs
    Is there anything that audits estate agents?
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 8th Jan 05, 12:14 AM
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    Savvy_Sue
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    But estate agents don't charge you for work done, they charge a percentage of price gained if house sold. Some people get a bargain because estate agent has to work his cotton socks off to sell the property, others get ripped off because house practically sells itself. You don't know in advance which you'll be, but at least you know in advance the maximum you'll be paying. Which, if the fee was based on work done, you wouldn't.

    I'm not saying it's a good system, I'm saying that's the way it works! If it's not too late for you, I'm sure there are tips on getting the prices down on the House Buying, Selling and Property Prices board.
    • Fran
    • By Fran 11th Jan 05, 3:09 AM
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    Fran
    Re: Solicitors Costs

    The Law Society

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