That solicitor, Paul Lambert, saw this family as merely sprats in a big ocean and this legal shark was intent on devouring them; it is a moot point and a technical footnote that he was supposed to be representing them and therefore legally, if not morally, was on their side.
Lambert had billed the McKeogh's at different times for fictional hours that was anything from €270 an hour to €375 in a case where this young man could have defended himself for free; you see Lambert has several minions to pay otherwise called absentee employees. But such was this student's hope tied up in his naivety for justice he had not realised until it was too late that it does not exist in Ireland if indeed it exists at all anywhere else. Now Lambert has hired more lawyers to defend himself and to make sure he gets his money from the McKeoghs.
It is not just solicitors and the barristers higher up the food chain that are the problem, but getting public documents, that has to be cleared with a judge in the first place, is just as problematic and expensive. One example: if you apply for a court transcript for your particular case or trial or for an exercise in study alone, despite that they are part of the public domain, in Ireland's Circuit Court they will charge you €80 per page. Bearing in mind that these documents can easily run into the hundreds of pages if not thousands, then the first 100 of them will cost you €8000 (eight thousand euro) with no applicable discount for sheer volume amounts. Not for the lawyers mind but only you, Joe Public.