A step too far

Married lawyer, 58, \’had affair with divorce client then billed her for times they had sex\’

It\’s not unknown for divorce lawyers to shag their clients. Common enough that I\’ve seen it used as a running joke in a certain style of American legal novel.

But to charge the client (or, as is more likely, charge the husband as he\’ll be paying all the legal bills) for shagging the soon to be ex-wife is to move from scumbag to poltroon.

Tsk.

13 comments on “A step too far

  1. When confronted, the eagle said there wasn’t as issue as he had only been taken down her particulars.

  2. But to charge the client (or, as is more likely, charge the husband as he’ll be paying all the legal bills) for shagging the soon to be ex-wife is to move from scumbag to poltroon.

    Is he a poltroon? And if he is, is that worse than being a scumbag? I think I would rather be a poltroon on the assumption that being widely laughed at and despised is socially unfortunate but being morally deprived is a personal flaw that is harder to fix.

    But on the other hand, he got paid to have sex with someone else’s wife. Doesn’t sound like poltroonery to me.

    It was probably simply a question of billables. If he is taking time off in the afternoon, he is going to have to explain it to someone. He probably started out talking to her about her case before jumping her case and so is seemed a natural thing to bill her for the time. Could have happened to anyone. After all, the poor husband was bound to pay in the end anyway.

  3. “He also withdrew as her attorney leading to the woman, who had past abuse and mental health issues, to try and kill herself.”

  4. dearieme – “He also withdrew as her attorney leading to the woman, who had past abuse and mental health issues, to try and kill herself.”

    So he was screwing a porn star and/or Playboy centrefold? As I said, I think this is not poltroonery. This is pretty awful and well beyond that.

  5. “….then billed her for times they had sex”

    It’s not without reason there’s some argument over which is world’s oldest profession….

  6. Lawyers have been known to find very creative ways of billing for their hours. For instance, when travel is necessary for one case and doing work on another one while on the plane, both clients will get charged for the time. As long as he was thinking about the case while having sex, that’t the main thing.

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