Dishonest solicitors will lure you in with low or fixed fee prices and then add on charges without prior consultation or explanation. However, there are legal requirements placed upon how solicitors bill clients, which protect you.
Some of the most common reasons a solicitor’s bill is higher are because of one of the following three reasons:
1. Overcharging – Can have a variety of meanings. It may be that some of the work you were billed for in your case wasn’t relevant to your matter. A solicitor can request a statement of account to highlight whether you can contest a solicitor’s bill on these grounds.
2. Further Work Required – Your final bill may exceed the initial estimate. In most cases, your solicitor must inform you from the outset of any additional fees that could be incurred should things not go to plan. In a case, where fees are over the initial estimate, a solicitor must communicate this with you and advise what the work is for. If a solicitor doesn’t communicate why fees are higher than the initial estimate, you may have ground to challenge your solicitor’s bill.
3. Professional Negligence – If your solicitor estimates a fee and charges you more with little to no explanation, you may have a professional negligence claim on your hands. Professional negligence is when a professional fails to perform their responsibilities to the required standard or breaches a duty of care.