Saturday 21 April 2018

Four barristers won't appeal fees reduction

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

FOUR barristers whose legal fees were reduced by the Taxing Master in a legal bill that was described as "grossly excessive" and "revolting in the extreme" will not appeal his costs ruling.

The Irish Independent has learned that senior counsel Paul Gardiner and former Attorney General Harry Whelehan -- who accepted a legal challenge on behalf of an accident victim on a 'no foal, no fee basis' -- will not appeal Taxing Master Charles Moran's decision to reduce their fees.

The brief fees of €110,000 claimed on behalf of both Mr Gardiner and Mr Whelehan for the High Court hearing were reduced to €25,000 each and were submitted after they had been assessed by a legal-costs accountant.

Junior Counsel Dan Boland and Cormac McNamara will also instruct Kildare solicitor Denis Boland -- who sought €925,000 but was only granted €86,000 by Master Moran -- that he does not have their authority or consent to lodge an appeal on their behalf.

There was an agreement amongst the barristers at the outset of the proceedings that as the case was undertaken on a no foal no fee basis -- which means that fees can only be claimed if they succeed -- that any decision by the Taxing Master would be accepted.

Irish Independent

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