Ratbag Lawyer leaves couple destitute

lawyers are supposed to guard you interests…but when they decide they want to tuck you it is very, very difficult to overturn their machinations.

One couple have been left destitute by the actions of a ratbag lawyer.

A lawyer has been found guilty of negligence, incompetence, misconduct and overcharging which left clients depressed and without a home.

Eion Castles was found guilty of five charges by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal relating to the way he overcharged clients, breached their confidentiality and did not act in their best interests.

Castles charged the complainants more than $1 million between 2005 and 2008 for acting for them in three cases. He charged between $350 and $390 an hour.

The complainants were not named in the decision and were referred to only as Mr and Mrs W.   

The case stems from High Court proceedings involving a leaky home they had bought. Those proceedings, filed by different lawyers, were filed with the couple as the plaintiff rather than their trust.

This error led to the W’s seeking a new lawyer, the tribunal said.

Castles and Mr W were golf buddies and Castles offered to take on the W’s cases.

The W’s said Castles did not tell them Castle’s hourly rate at their first meeting. Castles said he did.

The W’s said they placed themselves “entirely” in Castles’ hands and they had “total faith in him”. Castles was aware of this, the tribunal said.

Evidence by cost-assessors showed the total legal costs to the couple should not have exceeded $462,000.

The tribunal said there had been “grossly excessive overcharging”.

The legal costs rendered the complainants “virtually destitute”, the tribunal said.


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