What is the difference between a fee dispute and a Bar complaint?

The main difference between fee disputes and Bar complaints is the purpose of each. The fee dispute process is designed to resolve conflicts between clients and lawyers about the amount of fees the attorney has earned and for which the client is obligated to pay. The Bar complaint process is designed to impose discipline on an attorney for violations of the Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct. By rule, the Fee Dispute Committee has no jurisdiction to hear a fee dispute that involves a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Likewise, a Bar complaint will not resolve of a fee dispute.