I have a friend who had just been unfairly dismissed from a large health organisation. He has only recently taken out a mortgage and so was understandably stressed out of his mind. I suggested he call one of the no-win-no-fee lawyers advertised everywhere, which he did. He was advised over the phone by someone who said they were a graduate, that it sounded like he had a case and that he should make an appointment to see one of their lawyers. This was to cost $600 + GST, which he did not have, so I offered to pay it and he could pay me when he received his payout. On the day of the appointment he attended at their offices and was seen by what he said was a very disinterested, arrogant lawyer who glanced over a couple papers in a manila folder, not asking questions or for more information, before stating there was no case. When visiting with my friend the next day, I suggested we get a second opinion, because even from my very limited knowledge of the law (I have been a barrister's secretary for ... a long time .....) it was clear he had been unfairly dismissed. I googled employment law in our suburb and called a lawyer that I liked the look of the website. We went in the following day, he charged an initial consultation fee of $50 and advised my friend did indeed have a case and we needed to hurry to lodge it because the 21 day limit was closing in. A week later and my friend received a very healthy payout of his pay and entitlements. Is there any action we can take against the original lawyer for clearly negligent advice and taking our money?