Law Society investigating unnamed firm over CervicalCheck ads

Law Society investigating unnamed firm over CervicalCheck ads

The Law Society of Ireland has said it is investigating whether an unnamed law firm breached advertising regulations to exploit the CervicalCheck scandal, the Sunday Business Post reports.

A letter of investigation was issued to the solicitor practice after a complaint was received about content published on its website.

The move follows concerns that medical negligence solicitors may have breached the Law Society’s strict regulations on advertising to take advantage of high-profile litigation over failures in cervical cancer screening.

Terminal patient Vicky Phelan received €2.5 million in damages in a recent case, while Mhic Mhathúna settled for €7.5 million and an admission of liability.

A for the Law Society said: “The solicitors’ advertising regulations serve a vital function as a public protection measure. The Law Society proactively monitors advertising by solicitors.

“If there are breaches of the solicitors’ advertising regulations that come to the attention of the Law Society, appropriate action is taken by the Society.”

The Law Society considered another CervicalCheck-related advert in July and did not allow it to be published.

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