<i>Doctoribus bona dona danda sunt</i><sup>1</sup>: Actions to Recover Unpaid Legal Fees

James A Brundage

in The Creation of the Ius Commune

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638970
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651481 | DOI:
Doctoribus bona dona danda sunt1: Actions to Recover Unpaid Legal Fees

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Securing payment of fees for legal work done often proves tricky for lawyers. This chapter shows how the medieval lawyers negotiated the quicksand to develop actions for payment of fees based on Roman legal foundations. Medieval lawyers either adapted Roman contract law to force clients to part with the fees they owed or else, in the case of the nudum pactum, they ‘used a few Roman bricks in order to create a totally un-Roman edifice’.

Keywords: legal fees; payment; medieval lawyers; Roman contract law

Chapter.  9014 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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