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LEGAL WEEK: New firm aims to cut unfair legal bills.

A NEW Merseyside business says it aims to help people fight back against law firms who they believe are overcharging for services.

Southport firm Assist Legal has pledged to reduce a typical legal bill by between 20% and 60% using a national network of legal costs consultants to analyse clients' bills from other firms.

Managing director and founder Andrew Lymath believes his firm is the first of its kind in the UK.

"Legal fees are not set in stone and people should not be afraid to challenge them," he said.

"We see our role as helping to ensure that members of the public and businesses receive solicitors' bills that are a fair reflection of work done.

"If solicitors and lawyers charge accurately for the service that they're providing, they'll have nothing to hide or fear."

The Law Society of England & Wales regulates solicitors' performance and charging rates, but critics say the process of challenging fees is too onerous and results in clients racking up even higher legal bills.

Mr Lymath added: "Too many people and businesses are reluctant to challenge legal fees as it is often an expensive, time-consuming and complex process.

"We are providing a cost-effective service that will provide them with financial savings while, where possible, removing the hassle of having to enter into a dispute with law firms.

"In the unlikely event of no legal fee saving being made, we will not charge."

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 23, 2007
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