October 18, 2005

'Rip-off solicitors' to appear before complaints committee

Irish Independent

SOLICITORS accused of ripping off abuse victims have been summoned to appear before the Law Society's complaints committee.

The society yesterday sent out letters by fax to some 30 solicitors in a small number of law firms.

They have been asked to appear before a complaints committee meeting at Law Society HQ at Blackhall Place in Dublin in two weeks' time. But it is unlikely that any solicitor will end up in the criminal courts as a result.

If the Society finds a solicitor has been guilty of misconduct, it can impose sanctions, including fines, suspension and striking off. If the clients decide to resort to legal action against their solicitors, they are more likely to opt for the civil rather than the criminal courts.

Posted by kshaw at October 18, 2005 09:27 AM