Legal Cost Specialists

Blow to novel charging arrangement

By on Aug 12, 2013 | 14 comments

A US lawyer who was paid in oral sex has been suspended for a year.

The attorney’s client had been arrested and charged with drink driving. When she informed him she couldn’t afford his $1,000 fee estimate, he proposed an alternative fellatio-based fee arrangement. Unforeseen complications arose and he was therefore compelled to charge her twice more before the conclusion of the matter (highlighting the importance of proper costs budgeting).

rollonfriday.com reports:

“He was also found guilty of not confirming his fee to his client in writing, thereby denying the world the best ever engagement letter.”

    14 Comments

  1. Imagine if it had been a between the parties case. How would he have claimed his fee from the other side? Indemnity principle, and all that. LOL.

    Richard

    12th August 2013

  2. @ Richard

    that would have made for a most entertaining DA hearing hahaha

    Anonymous

    12th August 2013

  3. More to the point how would the cd’s fee have been paid and what’s the difference between a grade 3 and grade 4 fee.

    Annony

    12th August 2013

  4. I’m just waiting for the usual “greedy Claimant Lawyer” comment arising from him charging 3 times the original quote haha !

    Interesting how they don’t say what the “complications” were 😉

    Anonymous

    12th August 2013

  5. I wonder how she proved that she “discharged” her liability?

    annon

    13th August 2013

  6. I wonder who has the dirtiest mind – Costs Draftsman/Costs Lawyer?? Though clearly the comments here are very relevant to the circumstances of the case and may well be reasonable and proportionate!

    Anonymous

    13th August 2013

  7. How would one set about drafting the actual bill of costs for this? Does 1 unit of time claimed equate to 6 minutes of oral sex?

    Costs Monkeywrench

    13th August 2013

  8. Surely this was a case of premature issue

    Northern Monkey

    13th August 2013

  9. I assume this matter went to an oral hearing.

    Annon2

    13th August 2013

  10. Inflated fees. Tough one to swallow.

    Anon

    13th August 2013

  11. Took the phrase ‘come to some sort of arrangement too literally.’

    Anon

    13th August 2013

  12. bet she didnt see that coming

    annon

    13th August 2013

  13. A shot in the eye for access to justice

    aaa

    14th August 2013

  14. This should have remained confidential, considering she had signed a gagging order.

    Captain Costs Man

    14th August 2013

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