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I am a Solicitor and will try and assist you.
Please may I ask what your legal questions relates too?
Do you mean the money you paid your solicitor?
- when you initially instructed your solicitor did he provide you with an estimate of costs in a client care letter?
- are you happy with the service provided by your solicitor or do you have any complaints about the service?
Sounds to me like you need to make a complaint.
Solicitors do have to send a client care letter setting out an estimate of fees.
In the first instance you need to make a written complaint to the complaints officer at your solicitors firm. Set out that you have not been provided with a client care letter setting out what the estimated fees should be. Also set out that the verbal estimates you have been given do not relate to the bills you have been receiving.
You should also request a breakdown of the bills you have been given - as to what work has actually been undertaken.
If you do not get a satisfactory answer from the solicitor or firm, take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. This is an independent organisation dealing with complaints about poor service from lawyers and legal services. If the Legal Ombudsman agrees that you have been overcharged, it may make the solicitor or firm refund or reduce your legal fees. If you have lost out due to other aspects of poor service, the Legal Ombudsman may award compensation.
If you are dissatisfied then you really do need to complain. I am sorry but this is your only avenue.
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take care Patrycja - I wish you all the best
your welcome x