Complaints against Irish solicitors hit 20-year low

Complaints against Irish solicitors hit 20-year low

Complaints against solicitors in Ireland hit a historic low last year, according to the Law Society of Ireland’s latest annual report.

Just 0.09 per cent of solicitor instructions resulted in complaints in 2017, compared with a high of 14.7 per cent in 1998.

In 2017, 94 per cent of solicitors had no complaints made against them, with the number of solicitors facing complaints decreasing steadily by 0.4 per cent per year.

The annual report for 2017/18 contains up-to-date statistics on the Irish solicitors’ profession, which now has a 52 per cent female majority, and notes the 40th anniversary of the Law Society moving into its historic Blackhall Place headquarters.

The Law Society made 25 formal policy and law submissions to Government between July 2017 and July 2018, containing practical recommendations for policy and law reform across a range of disciplines including company law, childcare reform, criminal law and more.

The report also highlights the Society’s submission to the Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA), which will shape the future of legal education and solicitor training in Ireland.

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