Frequently Asked Questions

The Law Society of Ireland represents, educates and regulates solicitors in Ireland. If you have a query in relation to our functions we can help answer it.

For more information about the Law Society, see about us.

We often receive requests for legal advice. However, we are unable to assist with these as we cannot give legal advice. If you need legal advice we suggest you contact a solicitor. A list of all solicitors who hold a current practising certificate and professional indemnity insurance is found under Find a Solicitor/Firm

FAQ

We suggest you read our Frequently Asked Questions below as the answers to many of our most common enquiries are contained there. If your question is not listed you can contact us.

Login issues

I am having problems logging into the website or creating a login account.

For login assistance, visit the Help section.

Please note, if you are a solicitor on the Law Society of Ireland roll or a Law School trainee you don’t need to create a login account as it has been created for you.

Legal advice

Can the Law Society give me legal advice?

The Law Society of Ireland is the professional body for solicitors in Ireland. We are unable to give legal advice. If you require legal advice you should consult a solicitor. A list of all solicitors who hold a current practising certificate in Ireland is found under Find a Solicitor/Firm.

I require legal advice but I cannot afford to pay for the services of a solicitor. Can the Law Society assist me with funding?

If you cannot afford to consult a solicitor, we suggest you contact your local Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC). FLAC volunteers provide free basic legal assistance. Visit the FLAC website.

Also, the Legal Aid Board provides legal aid and advice on civil matters to persons unable to fund those services from their own resources. For more information, visit the Legal Aid Board website.

Our booklet, Civil Legal Aid, provides information on the available legal aid schemes, the refugee legal service and the Attorney General’s scheme. You will find it on our website under Legal Guides.

Finally, you may find the Citizens Information Board useful. It is a statutory body which supports the provision of information, advice and advocacy on a range of public and social services. Visit the Citizens Information Board website.

The Law Society is the professional body for solicitors in Ireland. We are unable to give legal advice and we cannot offer financial assistance to members of the public to assist with legal costs.

I am not sure the legal advice my solicitor gave me is correct. Can the Law Society give me a second opinion?

The Law Society cannot advise you in a matter like this as we cannot give legal advice. If you require a second legal opinion you may wish to consult a solicitor. You will find a full  list of all solicitors who hold a current practising certificate under Find a Solicitor/Firm.

You can also access a list of solicitors who are prepared to take negligence and breach of contract actions against other solicitors - see the Negligence Panel

I don’t agree with the Court’s decision in my case. Do you think the outcome is correct?

This is a request for legal advice. As the professional body for solicitors we cannot provide legal advice or comment on individual cases. You should discuss any concerns you may have with the solicitor who handled your case.

Please recommend to me a solicitor with expertise in a particular area of law?

The Law Society of Ireland cannot recommend one solicitor over another as this would be a clear conflict of interest. You can find a list of all solicitors who hold a current practising certificate under Find a Solicitor/Firm.

You can also check a solicitor’s disciplinary record.

Practice Notes

I want to make a comment on a Law Society of Ireland Practice Note

Practice notes are issued by the Law Society for the guidance of solicitors. If you would like clarification or have concerns about the contents of a particular practice note you should discuss them with your solicitor. If you are a solicitor and have an enquiry about a practice note you should contact the relevant committee.

Lodging court documents

I am representing myself in a case and wish to lodge Court documents. Can I send them to the Law Society?

No, court papers should never be sent to the Law Society for lodging. Sending them to the Law Society has no legal effect whatsoever. Similarly, the Law Society of Ireland does not have the capacity to act as a summons server for third parties.

For information on lodging court documents, please contact the Courts Service of Ireland

Education

How do I become a solicitor?

You will find detailed information about the process for qualifying as a solicitor under Become a Solicitor.

I am a lawyer with a qualification from outside the Republic of Ireland can I practise in the Republic of Ireland jurisdiction?

Our section on Foreign Lawyers provides detailed information on the steps you need to take. For details, see Foreign Lawyers.

Legal fees

How do I know if the fees charged by my solicitor are excessive? Will you provide me with a scale of estimated solicitors’ fees?

We are unable to provide a scale of estimated solicitors’ fees as it would infringe competition law. However, to assist you see our guide to legal charges.

If you believe that the fee charged by your solicitor is excessive, you have the option of filing an official complaint with the Law Society. Please see the steps involved in Making a Complaint.

Complaints   

I want to make a complaint against my solicitor

We have a dedicated section about making a complaint against your solicitor on our website which you can access under Making a Complaint.      

I want to make a complaint against a solicitor who acted for someone other than myself

The general rule is that complaints can only be made by or on behalf of a client against their own solicitor. However, there are exceptions to this rule. For more information about the exceptions and how to make a complaint against your own solicitor, please see the Complaints section of our website.         

Do I have grounds for making a complaint against my solicitor? I do not want to lodge an official complaint unless I know it will be successful.

The Law Society can only investigate complaints in writing.

For information about making a complaint against your solicitor and the type of complaints the Law Society can investigate please see Making a Complaint.  

I want to make a complaint against a barrister

The Law Society investigates complaints made against solicitors only. It does not deal with complaints against barristers. There is information about making a complaint against a barrister on the Bar Council of Ireland website.