October 18, 2005

Law Society to discuss overcharging of abuse victims


13/10/2005 - 07:21:26

The Law Society's complaints committee is due to meet today to discuss allegations that some solicitors are double-charging victims of institutional child abuse.

The society is also planning to establish a complaints helpline and to take out advertisements urging people who feel they have been overcharged to come forward.

The moves follows revelations that some solicitors had deducted substantial costs from awards granted to abuse victims by the Residential Institutions Redress Board.

The costs incurred by solicitors are supposed to be paid separately by the board and not deducted from compensation awards.

Posted by kshaw at October 18, 2005 09:25 AM