Republic of Ireland Law
Republic of Ireland Law Questions Answered by Experts
I am very sorry for your situation. What you can do, after the reply of the Law Society, is (within a year of receiving the bill) to ask your lawyer to present the bill to a so-called 'Taxing Master' (this he must do once requested).
The 'Taxing Master' is a kind of judge who has, through precedent, created a way of appraising the value of attorney's work. More details are found here: http://www.courts.ie/offices.nsf/lookuppagelink/8AFDD6975A6F081380256E7B004D9971.
Also, if you are unhappy with the way the Law Society investigated your case, you can make a complaint to the Independent Adjudicator (https://www.lawsociety.ie/Public/Complaints-against-solicitors/Independent-Adjudicator/). Note that this does not review the case on the merits (i.e. he will not deal with the cost itself), just the way the Law Society treated your case.
I hope this information helps, and that you will find these two procedures useful. I look forward to your rating.
Dr Ioan-Luca Vlad
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