1. Yes, it is worthwhile utilising the Law Society's complaint system. Under the 1994 Solicitors Amendment Act, the Law Society has power in relation to cases where it is alleged that "excessive fees" have been charged. Under these powers the Law Society will take representations from each side and determine whether the fees charged were excessive or not given the work involved. Accordingly, I would advise you to go to the Law Society's website at www.lawsociety.ie and follow the link in relation to excessive fees. Utilise the system to make a complaint in relation to the fees charged. Be aware that just the fact you are making such a complaint often has the effect that the solicitor will negotiate sensibly with you in relation to fees.
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