There are many reasons why it's important to get legal advice from a practising solicitor and member of the Law Society.
From employment law to family law, from making a will to buying a home and much more, when you talk to a solicitor you avail of a range of benefits and protections unique to the solicitors’ profession.
Benefits of employing a solicitor
The benefits are many and include:
Excellent education and training
Solicitors are educated and trained to the highest standards through the Law Society’s Professional Practice Course, a blend of practice-oriented taught modules and in-office training with law firms.
The Law Society’s Law School has been recognised by Apple as an outstanding centre of innovation, leadership and educational excellence. In 2016, the Professional Practice Course was the first professional course in Europe to receive the Apple Distinguished Program accreditation.
Life-long professional development and training
Qualified solicitors are required to further their expertise on an annual basis by attending courses to attain a minimum number of continuing professional development points.
The Society’s committees develop and publish a continuous stream of practice notes on new developments in the various fields of law and aspects of legal practice.
High professional and ethical standards
Solicitors are held to high professional and ethical standards and are regulated by the Law Society of Ireland’s Regulation Department.
Insurance and Compensation
All solicitors must be covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance in order to be allowed to practise. You can confirm a Firm's Insurance details on the website.
The Society's Compensation Fund refunds clients of solicitors in the event that the client loses money as a result of their solicitor’s dishonesty.
Legal professional privilege
Communications containing legal advice between a solicitor and their client are protected from being disclosed to any other parties - legal professional privilege is a right conferred by law. For more information on legal professional privilege and how it compares to the obligations imposed by solicitor/client confidentiality, read an article on the subject in the October 2016 Gazette.
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