A very kind and generous Legal Costs Lawyer contacted us in relation to disgraced and banned VCL lawyer Sam Bektas, and shares much needed and helpful assistance with regard to concerns about legal costs.
It may be of assistance to injured workers to know they have somewhere to turn if they think their lawyer is charging too much!
Legal Costs Lawyer shares helpful assistance with regard to concerns about legal costs
As you may recall, Sammy “The Rogue” Bektas is well known to us here at Diary of a WorkCover Victim. We’ve have had a number of serious complaints posted on this blog by injured workers whom have fallen victim to Mr Bektas’s grossly unprofessional and predatory conduct. Mr Bektas was – thankfully- recently banned from practice for four years for gross overcharging of vulnerable injured workers.
Legal Costs Lawyer offers assistance for injured workers who believe they may have been overcharged by their lawyer(s)
“I have read the comments on the blog (regarding Sam Bektas and VCL) with interest. I have seen numerous bills prepared by Mr Bektas and, sadly, am not surprised to learn Mr Bektas has been struck off for overcharging.
I am a costs lawyer (an area of law that deals with legal costing issues, including bills of costs prepared by or on behalf of law firms).
I would like the people in touch with this forum to know that the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) can also provide assistance with regard to concerns about legal costs.
The LIV has lawyers who can review bills, costs agreements, etc on behalf of members of the public.
There are also individuals and companies who practise solely in legal costs. You can ask the LIV for advice or referral to these people.
Please note, not ALL legal costs consultants are lawyers – but from my [many] years of experience in the costing area, most of them are very conscientious and experienced (whether legally qualified or not).
We’re certainly extremely grateful for this information!
If anyone of you needs assistance with reviewing their legal bills, we may be able to put you in touch with this very kind, but certainly not “touting for business” Legal Cost Lawyer. Simply contact us.
What’s more, s/he is also happy to provide us with further assistance, anonymously and as “general information” that we can pass on to our readers. So, bring on the questions!
[Post dictated by workcovervictim and manually transcribed on behalf of WCV]