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Law’s An Ass

by | 19th, October 2004

‘IF anyone were in any doubt that it is lawyers who make laws, consider the case of the self-employed German man who has been landed with a £1.5 million pound legal bill after asking a lawyer to do a few minutes work.

The man, who earns just £12,000 pounds a year, asked the lawyer to help him sort out a mistake where the local taxman had sent the man a bill for nearly £200m.

It took the lawyer just one hour to rectify the mistake – but, under German law, he is now entitled to a percentage of the reduction he secured for his client.

And it looks as if he’ll get the money.

A spokesman for the court in Bonn said the law was clear that the lawyer must be paid, but it remains unclear who will have to fork out.’

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