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BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS - Compensation - Agreement for fees - Payment of costs by third party - Taxation or assessment of accounts

Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 12:32 PM  

Appeal by a client from a Supreme Court order dismissing her appeal from a Registrar's assessment of a solicitor's bill. The client's friend faced a substantial default judgment in a class action related to his alleged involvement in a pyramid scheme. The client arranged for her friend's legal representation. No signed retainer was entered, with the solicitor and client conducting their communications regarding the matter by email. Over the ensuing seven months, the client paid approximately $63,000 toward her friend's representation. The solicitor's actions were unsuccessful...