A POTENTIAL class action is being investigated by Slater & Gordon for customers who may have paid greater legal costs to St George and other banks than actually incurred after a case was heard in the Victorian Court of Appeal in December.
The Victorian Court of Appeal found in December that St.George had an arrangement with its panel firm of solicitors to receive a rebate on the total legal fees paid in any financial year.
St George had claimed indemnity costs against a guarantor of nearly $253,000 but the court found that this should be reduced by $80,000 to take into account the rebates received.
Justice Kim Hargrave expressed concern at St George's practice and said he would refer the matter to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
- Sarah Sharples