Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland
law reform

Shatter calls on legal system to engage "constructively" on law reform

The Minister for Justice said that planned legal reform is based on the idea that “solicitors and barristers exist for their clients, not the other way round”.

MINISTER FOR JUSTICE Alan Shatter has called on the Law Society and Bar Council to engage “constructively” with him in plans for major reform of the legal system.

The Minister said that the Bill currently being debated in the Dáil to overhaul the legal services is based on the principle that “solicitors and barristers exist for their clients, not the other way round”.

He described the planned reforms as a historic opportunity to make reforms which will benefit consumers.

The Minister made the comments in an opinion piece for TheJournal.ie this evening. He was responding to an article by the head of the Law Society who had argued that the new Bill was a “blueprint for Government control of the legal profession”.

Shatter said that objections to the Legal Services Regulation Bill, currently before the Dáil, “are more theoretical than real”.

The Bill is the first piece of legisation in the history of the State to articulate the principle of the independence of the legal profession, Shatter said.

“The Bill is an opportunity to make a historically significant structural reform that puts consumers at its very heart,” the Minister for Justice said.

Read Alan Shatter’s comment piece: Legal reform is a chance to finally do the right thing for consumers >

Column: ‘This is a blueprint for Government control of the legal profession’ >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
7
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.