A recent article in The Australian (free version here) tells the tale of attorney Stephen Firth. Firth, a personal injury lawyer in Australia, has crusaded against over-charging by his colleagues. Now however, the tables have turned as Firth himself is the subject of multiple claims alleging overcharging and misleading his clients.
In one case, Mr. Firth faces allegations of charging $160,000 when only $30,000 should have been billed. In another case, it is alleged that Mr. Firth had a 25% success contingency fee, which is illegal under Australian law under the Legal Profession Act. In yet another claim, Mr. Firth was accused of unconscionable conduct; Mr. Firth was paid $78,000 under a lump sum contract when a court-ordered itemized bill came to just $27,000.