Year 3, week 15: family values

After my post last week about the profiteering of family lawyers, it seems it doesn’t even get close to some of the worst excesses of that particular area of law. I’ve since been told about one firm of solicitors who refer all their clients to a particular “well-respected” marriage guidance counsellor and then pay two him separate fees. The first is for what they call a “success fee” which is triggered when the counselling fails and either party reverts to a lawyer. The second is quite simply for inside information. The counsellor chats to both sides by themselves before bringing them together and ensuring they never patch up their differences. He then passes on all the various bits of confidential information he has garnered in return for this second fee. The irony is that opposing firms of solicitors always agree to this counsellor since they all know that ultimately it’ll bring in more legal fees in the long run.

January 6, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 2 Comments
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  1. John Bolch - January 6, 2009

    Again, all seems perfectly reasonable to me…

  2. solmac - January 7, 2009

    Whilst not surprising to hear this, any good counsellor worth their salt would report this person to the appropriate regulatory body (BACP). But when did ethics get in the way of making money?