Queensland Law Society

Council of the Queensland Law Society Inc v Roche [2003] QCA 469

Council of the Queensland Law Society Inc v Roche [2003] QCA 469.

Where solicitor acted for client under retainer – where solicitor sought to execute new retainer involving blended rates - where no evidence that solicitor advised client to seek independent legal advice - where client executed new retainer - where solicitor charged client high fees under new retainer - whether fees charged under new retainer constituted gross overcharging - whether solicitor committed breach of fiduciary duty to client.

This case is examined in detail in the LSC speech Wounding the bull: costs in a disciplinary context.