April 6, 2020
Business News

Wicklow solicitor who overcharged publican €736,000 pays €25,000 to avoid court hearing

A Bray-based  solicitor who overcharged a client by €736,000 has paid €25,000 to his legal team to avoid a potential contempt of court hearing.

Retired solicitor Joe Buckley was previously found to have overcharged local publican Denis Doyle of The Grove Bar.

Mr Doyle also claimed that fees had been deducted without his consent from and while Mr Buckley denied this, the Taxing Master Declan O’Neill found “blatant and obvious overcharges”.

The High Court then upheld the Taxing Master’s decision in December 2018 and Mr Justice Donald Binchy awarded costs, estimated at €94,000, and told Mr Buckley that an initial €25,000 be paid “on account” within five months until the final bill was determined.

However, after this was not paid, Mr Doyle brought a motion to compel his former solicitor to pay but this was struck out when it came be fore the High Court this week after the court was told the money had been paid.

The High Court previously heard the Taxing Master cut legals fees charged for one conveyance by €270,000 and another bill for €60,000 to €6,000.

Mr Buckley has appealed Mr Justice Binchy’s ruling to the Court of Appeal.

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