October 20, 2005

New laws to block lawyers exploiting victims of abuse

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THE Government may introduce legislation to prevent exploitation of abuse victims by the legal profession who have kept part of the money awarded to them.

Correspondence between Attorney General Rory Brady and bodies representing solicitors and barristers continued last night.

It is understood Mr Brady had written to both the Incorporated Law Society and the Bar Council at the beginning of the month.

This was even before the issue became a major controversy as abuse victims complained on the RTE Liveline programme that solicitors were deducting money from their awards even though this had been provided for by the Redress Board in the settlements.

Posted by kshaw at October 20, 2005 09:02 AM