Breaking: Claim for fee by lawyer based on percentage of decretal amount is professional misconduct, SC

Professional misconduct

The Supreme Court today held that a claim for fee made by an advocate based on the percentage of decretal amount is an act against public policy and amounts to professional misconduct.

A Bench of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit also held that such a claim cannot form the basis of a complaint under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act. The judgment was rendered in an appeal filed against a decision of the Andhra Pradesh & Telangana High Court.

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