The Law Society of Ireland is the educational, representative and regulatory body of the solicitors' profession in Ireland, governed by a Council, comprising elected and nominated members of the solicitors’ profession. The Director General is the Chief Executive of the Law Society with all of the powers and responsibilities usually vested in a Chief Executive.
The Law Society exercises statutory functions under the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2015 in relation to the education, admission, enrolment, discipline and regulation of the solicitors' profession. It is the professional body for its solicitor members, to whom it also provides services and support.
The Law Society cannot provide legal advice. If you have a legal query, please contact a solicitor.
President and Council
A new Council is elected every year in November and delegates statutory functions to a range of Committees. A President and Vice-Presidents are also elected each year from elected Council members.
Information about our annual elections and relevant dates can be found on the Council Elections page.
Members can access the Society's bye-laws and charters under Bye-Laws & Charters (solicitor login required).
The Director General is the Chief Executive of the Law Society.
The Law Society of Ireland is committed to providing a high standard of service to our members, students, stakeholders and members of the public at all times. View our Service Statement.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Find out more about the Law Society of Ireland's commitment to respecting diversity and inclusion for the benefit of its employees, its members, solicitors, trainee solicitors and the public. View our Diversity and Inclusion Statement.
For details of some of the initiatives the Law Society has in place to support the wellbeing of the profession, including access to LawCare, visit our Wellbeing Hub.
Law Society Departments
The Director of the Education Department is TP Kennedy.
The department runs courses for those seeking to become solicitors ("trainees") and for qualified solicitors through its Law School in Dublin. It runs Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and post-qualification diploma and certificate courses for solicitors. The Education Department also administers a number of external and course-related examinations.
Finance and Administration Department
The Director of the Finance and Administration Department is Cillian MacDomhnaill.
The department's primary responsibilities include the Accounts, Information Technology, Administrative and Commercial activities of the Society. The Accounts function works closely with the Finance Committee to manage the financial affairs of the Society, including its property and investments. The IT section manages the databases covering members and students and Local Area Networks supporting the Society's staff at all locations. The Facilities section looks after the Society's premises at Blackhall Place and George's Court. The main commercial services provided are the Four Courts consultation rooms, the sale of publications and the hiring of Blackhall Place facilities.
To view the Accounts of the Law Society of Ireland, see Annual Reports.
Policy & Public Affairs
Mary Keane is Director of the Policy & Public Affairs Department and Deputy Director General.
This department focuses on the Society’s policy & public affairs functions, provides support for the President, Director General and Council and interacts with Government Departments, policy-makers and other professional bodies. It co-ordinates the Society’s lobbying and law reform agenda, as well as the work of the Society's Committees.
The Director of the Regulation Department is John Elliot.
Located in George's Court, Dublin, this department is responsible for monitoring compliance by practising solicitors with their statutory obligations and administering grant applications from the Compensation Fund. A dedicated section investigates complaints received up to 7 October 2019 from clients, the public and the profession, while the litigation section represents the Society in proceedings before the Disciplinary Tribunal and the courts. The department also administers the issue of annual practising certificates to solicitors and the closure of solicitors' practices.
Reporting Accountant's Report & Regulations
For information and links to Solicitors Accounts Regulations and the Reporting Accountants Report, see the Regulations section.
Representation and Member Services Department
Teri Kelly is the Director of the Representation and Member Services Department.
The Department aims to further the policies set by the Council and represents both the interests of the profession and the public. The Society’s communication function is represented primarily by the Gazette, eZine, website, support services and the library service, serving a vital information function for the profession. Other information services include publication of the Law Directory and the Society’s Annual Report.
Human Resources Department
Barbara Carroll is the Director of the Human Resources Department.
History of the Law Society of Ireland
The Society of Attorneys and Solicitors of Ireland was established in 1830 and re-formed in May 1841 when the Honorable Benchers of the King’s Inns granted the Society rooms in the Four Courts.
The headquarters of the organisation are in Blackhall Place, a building that was acquired by the Society in 1971 and officially opened in 1978 after substantial renovations. The building dates back to the 1600s when it was a charitable school for boys, known as the King’s Hospital or Blue Coat School. For more information, see the history of the building.