October 18, 2005

Solicitors concede they illegally deducted cash from victims of abuse

Irish Independent

A SOLICITORS' firm has admitted ripping off victims of abuse.

Limerick firm McMahon O'Brien Downes is the only one to come forward since it emerged some solicitors illegally deducted payments from clients' compensation.

The Irish Independent has learned that the firm, which last night admitted it overcharged clients, previously earned over 8.8m after defending 1,396 army deafness claims.

If it also overcharged any of these personal injury claimants by improperly deducting payments from compensation, it could be open to a massive claim for a return of those payments - plus interest.

Last night, it was also revealed that 35 victims of abuse who believe they were overcharged by solicitors have complained to the Law Society.

Posted by kshaw at October 18, 2005 09:22 AM