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# Solicitors

Last year
# Complaints
1,599 complaints made against lawyers last year, according to legal services watchdog
Seventy-one of those complaints refer to alleged fraud.
Defence lawyer: Rates of payment are miserable compared to the time, work and skill required
Darren Lalor is leading the campaign for better legal aid rates for barristers defending criminal cases in the District Court.
# Trial
Michael Lynn trial: Solicitor says she never acted for accused in purchase of €5.5 million property
Lynn (53) is on trial accused of the theft of around €27 million from seven financial institutions.
All time
# Cork
Married couple donned wigs and disguises as part of €400,000 fraud from banks, court hears
Former solicitors Keith Flynn and Lyndsey Clarke have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud.
# legal argument
Over 600 complaints made against barristers and solicitors in six-month period
Over 340 related to alleged misconduct.
# garda stations
Solicitors say they can't social distance properly while providing advice to clients in custody
Gardaí said obtaining PPE for solicitors is not their job.
# free legal aid
Abusive husband allowed back into home after wife couldn't afford €130 legal aid fee
The woman’s case has been highlighted by Flac today as it calls for this fee to be waived for victims of domestic abuse.
# send over the lawyers
Brexit has led to 'a tsunami' of new solicitors in Ireland from the UK
It’s beaten previous records.
# Fennelly Commission
Gardagate: 13 years’ of tapes that could be impossible to analyse
The Fennelly Commission has published an interim report outlining the scale of the task facing the inquiry.
# objection
Fully-qualified solicitors doing a JobBridge? It's 'a joke'
Not everyone is happy about the situation.
# conveyance
Is the legal side of buying a house as scary as it seems?
To find out more about the process of conveyance, spoke to an expert.
# abuse claims
Solicitors for group accused by Maíria Cahill claim Enda is holding 'kangaroo courts'
“Processes have been undermined before they have even begun.”
# Rehab Group
Flannery 'holding options open' on proceedings over PAC's Rehab inquiry
Angela Kerins has launched legal action against ‘deeply distressing’ inquiry into her involvement with Rehab.
# Prisoners
Shatter orders urgent investigation into the recording of prisoner phone calls
The minister has charged the the Inspector of Prisons to carry out the investigation.
# Legal
Luke Ming Flanagan contacts solicitors over RTÉ 2FM show
The TD said that an ‘appalling’ accusation was made on air this morning.
# Pantigate
RTÉ stands by its account of Panti events, says Waters’ apology was ‘unacceptable’
Solicitor Kevin Brophy claimed RTÉ’s version was “grossly misleading”, adding that Waters proposed the charitable donation.
# Lawyers
Ministers agree reform of legal services, with new regulator to consult on ‘one-stop-shops’
A newly-established legal services regulator will hold a consultation on the establishment of multi-disciplinary panels or ‘one-stop-shops’ once the Legal Services Regulation Bill is enacted.
# Thomas Byrne
'Reckless journalism' could affect Thomas Byrne's prison safety, claims lawyer
A number of newspaper reports claiming that Byrne had acted on behalf of suspected criminal figures were rejected in court today.
# Bank Guarantee
Over €5 million spent on bank guarantee legal advice since 2011
Over €5 million has been spent with one legal firm alone since 2011 on advice related to the controversial bank guarantee scheme of 2008.
# Legal reform
Shatter offers olive branch to lawyers over appointment of new regulators
The Minister for Justice says he will allow other bodies to nominate members of the new legal services regulator.
# Magdalenes
Some Magdalenes still in care 'not allowed fill out compensation form'
Meanwhile, a landmark meeting to discuss compensation will take place with Justice John Quirke tomorrow afternoon.
Law firm in Ireland sets up 'German Group'
A&L Goodbody says that “significant” German business interaction with Ireland led them to set up dedicated German-speaking department.
# New Job
Twelve new judges appointed to the courts
Seven judges have been nominated to the Circuit Court and five have been put forward for the District Court.
# Legal reform
Shatter at loggerheads with barristers over legal reforms
The Bar Council has said that proposed reforms would result in increased costs amounting to millions every year.
Column: Legal reform is a chance to finally do the right thing for consumers
Solicitors and barristers exist for their clients – not the other way around. That’s why reform of the legal system is crucial, writes Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.
# 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”.
Column: ‘This is a blueprint for Government control of the legal profession’
Yes, we need reform – but we can’t risk undermining key principles of democracy, writes director-general of the Law Society Ken Murphy.
# Legal reform
Former attorney general raises fears over Shatter’s legal reform
Dermot Gleeson has said he shares the concerns that have been raised by barristers and solicitors – including fears over independence and increased legal costs.
# millions
Here’s how much the Government spent on legal fees last year...
Enda Kenny said proposals for a competitive tendering process to cut costs have been rejected.
# Lawyers
Over 100 cases affected as Shatter questions legality of lawyers' strike
The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter described the actions of criminal law barristers and solicitors today as “absolutely extraordinary”.
# Legal strike
Criminal courts may stop hearings as lawyers begin strike
Barristers and solicitors are due to strike today over possible cuts to legal aid fees.
# Lawyers
Shatter hopes lawyers will call off 'extraordinary' strike action
Criminal law solicitors and barristers are expected to strike on Thursday over cuts to the Criminal Legal Aid scheme.
# Recession
'Significant' rise in numbers referred to free legal scheme
The Bar Council’s Voluntary Assistance Scheme is seeing more people with debt issues who cannot afford legal representation.
# Legal Fees
Legal aid lawyers have fees cut by another 10 per cent
Almost one-third has been knocked off solicitor and counsel fees in criminal legal aid scheme since 2009.