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Solicitors rip off their clients apparently – the care and control scandal laid bare

Baroness Shackleton, Britain’s highest-profile divorce lawyer, has increased the bills of celebrity clients beyond the time she recorded having spent on their cases, The Daily Telegraph disclosed yesterday.

Apparently Shackleton  added upto 50% onto the bills of her celebrity clients in what is called markup or a care and control element.

This practice is quite frankly disgusting and is to me akin to restaurants adding a service charge to the bill even if the service they have provided has been second rate.

Why can’t Solicitors just quote a fee then get paid it. Adding an uplift where a matter might be slightly more complicated or requires additional work is just ripping people off. If your fee is £150 per hour then that is the fee you should be paid because some of the work will be very easy as well, do they charge less for the easy parts of the work, no they do not.

So my advice to anyone getting a quote from a Solicitor is to say I will not pay a care and control mark up, I want a fixed hourly rate or even better a fixed fee!

This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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