Record number of new solicitors added to the Roll of Solicitors in 2016


The Law Society of Ireland will welcome 1,347 new additions by the end of the year.

This will exceed the previous record rate of admissions, set in 2008, by more than 500. The “tsunami” of new solicitors is primarily driven by “the Brexit-driven transfer decisions of some 810 England and Wales-qualified solicitors,” said Director-General Ken Murphy.

Transferring qualifications to Ireland

Lawyers qualified in certain countries outside the Republic of Ireland can qualify as solicitors in this jurisdiction by taking the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT), applying for a Certificate of Admission, or registering as a foreign qualified solicitor under the Establishment Directive (98/5/EC).

For more information, see Foreign lawyers.