UAE: Man ordered to pay Dh30,000 to lawyer who lost 5 cases
The Court initially tried to end the litigation in an amicable way. However, both the lawyer and client refused the settlement offered.
The Ras Al Khaimah Civil Court has ordered a man to pay Dh30,000 to his lawyer, even though the latter failed to win any of the five civil and penal lawsuits he was representing him in.
The court initially tried to end the litigation in an amicable way. However, both the lawyer and client refused the settlement offered.
Accordingly, the court used its jurisdiction and ordered the client to pay his lawyer the Dh30,000 in fees, as per the contract they they had agreed upon earlier.
Court records show that the lawyer agreed to represent the defendant in five lawsuits and provide him with due legal advice at a cost of Dh30,000 as fees. They were to be paid in instalments of Dh10,000 each.
The lawyer argued that the defendant did not pay the fees due even though he had honoured the terms of their agreement. "I honestly exerted my utmost effort to defend him in the five reported cases," he said.
The defendant said he had contracted the lawyer to represent him in the aforementioned cases. "However, he lost them all, and hence does not deserve any fees for his unconvincing defence," he countered.
The court turned down the defendant's plea and ruled in favour of the lawyer who deserved the fees agreed upon for the work he did.
Elaborating, the court said a lawyer charges fees in accordance with the contract he reaches with his client.
"Extra attorney services, other than those covered in the contract, should be compensated as well," the court underlined.
Should both parties fail to reach a reconciliation, the court is entitled to estimate the fees it deems fit, based on the importance of the case, value of the attorney services offered, benefits gained by the client, as well as the lawyers' seniority, experience and grade, the court explained.
As such, the Ras Al Khaimah Civil Court ordered the client to pay the lawyer Dh30,000 against his fees, along with court charges.
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