Blow to novel charging arrangement


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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 thoughts on “Blow to novel charging arrangement


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    Richard on said:

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    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.


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    Anonymous on said:

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    @ Richard

    that would have made for a most entertaining DA hearing hahaha


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    Annony on said:

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    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.


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    Anonymous on said:

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    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 ;)


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    annon on said:

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


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    Anonymous on said:

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    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!


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    Costs Monkeywrench on said:

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    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?


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    Northern Monkey on said:

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    Surely this was a case of premature issue


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    Annon2 on said:

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    I assume this matter went to an oral hearing.


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    Anon on said:

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    Inflated fees. Tough one to swallow.


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    Anon on said:

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


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    annon on said:

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    bet she didnt see that coming


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    aaa on said:

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    A shot in the eye for access to justice


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    Captain Costs Man on said:

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

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