Ms Roopa Agarwal, Lawyer — unethical services — not attending court hearing after taking fees
I want to make a complaint against Roopa Agarwal, with her office at B-105, Deewani Nyayalaya, Lucknow, India. I approached her for fighting my wife's case involving harassment in office. She quoted Rs 77, 000 as her "full" fees. We paid her Rs 35, 000 as initial amount. She attended the case during the first hearing. After that she raised a demand of "vakalatnama charges" of Rs 5, 100, which was different from her fees. We protested, saying that this was not told to us earlier, and our liabilities were limited to Rs 77, 000. She insisted upon receiving Rs 5, 100 as vakalatnama charges apart from her fees. We refused to pay. She did not attend the second hearing. When we protested, she rudely replied that we were free to hire another lawyer if we were not satisfied with her services. We told her that it was too early to say whether her services were satisfactory, but she should stick to her originally demanded fees and not ask for more charges that have not been discussed earlier and agreed upon. We also told her that we would definitely want to hire another lawyer provided she returned the money she had taken from us. Neither she returned the money nor did she attend any more hearing. Recently I hired another lawyer to pursue the matter in the court.
Through this website I would like to tell any prospective clients looking out for a lawyer that Ms Roopa Agarwal is a greedy, unethical, and totally unprofessional person, lacking in any integrity or character. Please do not make the mistake that I had made.
Kirtan Ananda, Lucknow