in Ireland are expected to meet a high standard of professional competence and
conduct. Indeed, the overwhelming
majority of Solicitors and other law practitioners work extremely hard to
faithfully represent their clients in accordance with the latest law and best
practice. Unfortunately, in some cases,
a Solicitor may be found to have acted negligently due to their actions, or
failure to act.
Partners have assisted many clients over the past 30 years who have suffered
loss as a result of the negligence of a Solicitor or law firm they have
negligence may arise in the following specific contexts:
your claim to be struck out by the court
to issue court proceedings within the appropriate limitation period or missing
a court deadline
to draft a will properly
to administer a deceased’s estate correctly
a mistake when purchasing your home or property
to advise you about planning permission and building regulations
to honour undertakings to banks or other solicitors
an error in drafting a lease
to serve a notice on your behalf by a given deadline
to follow instructions
to provide the correct legal advice
court proceedings against the wrong party
to account for monies
Should I bring a case/complaint against my Solicitor?
that many people who encounter problems with their Solicitor may feel unsure of
their options or reluctant to complain.
This may be for fear of causing the Solicitor to lose their position or
face disciplinary action. However, by
bringing a case/complaint against them, if found to have acted negligently,
they will be brought to account for their actions, meaning another client is
less likely to be affected by the same misconduct.
What is the role of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in Ireland?
Disciplinary Tribunal is an independent statutory tribunal appointed to
consider complaints of misconduct against solicitors. It consists of 20 solicitor members and 10 lay
members and sits in divisions of three comprising two solicitor members and one
If the Tribunal
believes there is an apparent case of Solicitor misconduct, there will be an
inquiry, with oral evidence, conducted by the Tribunal in public.
The outcome of
the Tribunal may lead to a solicitor being sanctioned. In extreme cases, this may include suspension
for a period and/or having his/her name struck off the Roll of Solicitors in
Ireland. The Tribunal does not adjudicate on whether a Solicitor was negligent
or not, that is a matter for the courts.
Why choose Lavelle Partners to assist you with Solicitor negligence?
are a partner-led firm, meaning the partner you meet will manage your case and
be available to you if you have any questions.
understand that bringing a complaint against a Solicitor can be stressful. At all times, our team will act in a
respectful, empathetic and professional manner when advising and representing
Solicitors are approachable, intelligent, and pragmatic. When it comes to handling Solicitor negligence, we will assess your situation
objectively and provide a clear strategy to move your matter forward.
queries will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.
For further information regarding Solicitor
negligence in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in
confidence on (01) 644 5800.