Case Note 7837 [1997] NZPrivCmr 2 – Solicitor refuses access to letters because fees unpaid

A client requested copies of two letters he had provided to his solicitor for court proceedings. The solicitor refused the request because the client had not paid his bill. He claimed a solicitor’s lien over the file. Lawyers assert this lien by refusing to hand over a client’s file until their bill has been paid.

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