Compensation Fund

This section outlines how and when you can claim compensation if your solicitor was dishonest.

Updated Compensation Fund regulations

New Regulations came into effect on 1 February 2019.

Claim procedure guidelines

For information on claims, see the 'Guidelines on Compensation Fund Claims Procedures'.

Guide to claiming refunds

For information on how and when you can claim compensation from the Law Society’s Compensation Fund, see the "Guide to Claiming Refunds of Money Paid to a Solicitor".

You can make a claim if your solicitor was dishonest and you lost money that you gave them or that they received on your behalf. The guide also explains how to claim a refund of your money from a solicitor’s firm where the courts or the Law Society now controls the money.

Claim form

If you wish to claim on the Compensation Fund, or claim a refund of money now in the control of the courts or the Law Society, you must download and complete the Compensation Fund Claim Form.

About the Compensation Fund

The Compensation Fund is governed by:

  • Section 21 of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act 1960, as substituted by Section 29 of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act 1994 and amended by Section 16 of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act 2002; and
  • Solicitors (Compensation Fund) Regulations 2018 (SI 548/2018). 

View the Solicitors Acts and Regulations for more information:

Data Protection

Contact Details

Address: Claims Administrator, Law Society of Ireland, George’s Court, George’s Lane, North King Street, Dublin 7
DX: DX 1025 Four Courts 
Phone: +353 1 879 8700
Fax: +353 1 879 8769