A Norfolk solicitor who admitted charging clients by the weight of their file is to be struck off after a hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
Trevor Hobden, a former equity partner at the now defunct Canada House Partnership in Norfolk, told the SDT he had not been properly trained to cost work and that he calculated how much to charge the estates of dead clients by weighing the files in his hand.
The tribunal heard that Hobden charged almost three times the proper fee and billed for thousands of pounds of work that he had not done.
He was found guilty of taking money from a client account in respect of costs without delivering a bill, taking money that was not properly due to him, overcharging a client, and failing to give clients proper information. He was cleared of having compromised or impaired his integrity.
Hobden will be removed from the solicitor’s register on 8 December 2009.