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# Law Society

Last year
# Awards
The Journal and Noteworthy receive 15 nominations for Justice Media Awards
It received more nominations than any other publication.
All time
# Law Society
Court-ordered access to children for separated parents advised to continue during pandemic
The pandemic can’t be used as an “excuse to prevent separated parents having contact with their children”, the Law Society says.
# Law Society
Law Society claims 'tits and filth' WhatsApp group contained no reference to female students
‘Offensive’ content was allegedly circulated among students at Blackhall Place.
# Blackhall Place
Law Society to investigate 'tits and filth' WhatsApp group about female students
‘Offensive’ content was allegedly circulated among male students at Blackhall Place.
# Family court
'It's in crisis': Law Society raises concerns over security issues in family courts system
Members of the Law Society’s family and child law committee are to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Justice this morning.
# Legal process
A 'faster, more efficient' way to buy and sell property takes effect from today
This will ensure any questions about the property’s title are raised and resolved before the contracts are signed, the Law Society said.
# fully qualified
New part-time training course to become a solicitor set to be offered
That is one recommendation in a new report launched by the Law Society of Ireland today.
# Justice
Journal Media won four awards at yesterday's Justice Media Awards
Reporters Gráinne Ní Aodha, Sean Murray, Paul O’Donoghue and Cianan Brennan picked up prizes for their articles.
# chronic pain
Woman has lost over €100,000 since car accident affected by Setanta collapse
Lost income, medical expenses and legal fees have taken a huge toll on her life.
# Child Welfare
'Cramped, grim courts are no place for children': Calls for improved family courts to be rolled out
The Law Society of Ireland says a 21st century approach to family law is needed.
# Who you gonna call?
Would you know who to call if you were arrested?
Gardai must inform you of your right to contact a solicitor, but nothing more.
# legal eagles
Journal Media reporters win five plaudits at Justice Media Awards
Incisive reporting and investigation by our reporters into tribunals, High Court proceedings, Garda strike action, wills and company law has been rewarded.
# send over the lawyers
Brexit has led to 'a tsunami' of new solicitors in Ireland from the UK
It’s beaten previous records.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Are motor insurance claims and legal fees going up or down?
Using previously unpublished data, FactCheck steps in to referee a heated dispute between the Law Society and the insurance industry.
# objection
Fully-qualified solicitors doing a JobBridge? It's 'a joke'
Not everyone is happy about the situation.
# Justice
Swords, Balbriggan, Tallaght and Dún Laoghaire - You're keeping your courthouses
A plan to close them has been shelved.
# chopping block
Lawyers warn that plans to close four Dublin courts threaten 'the fabric of Ireland's justice system'
77 local courts around the country have closed down in the last six years – and now four Dublin courts are on the chopping block.
# Smoking
It's highly likely there will be a legal challenge to plain tobacco packaging, says Law Society
The director general of the Law Society said Ireland would be setting a precedent in Europe.
# Lawyers
Ministers agree reform of legal services, with new regulator to consult on ‘one-stop-shops’
A newly-established legal services regulator will hold a consultation on the establishment of multi-disciplinary panels or ‘one-stop-shops’ once the Legal Services Regulation Bill is enacted.
# Exam Stress
Student petition successful as Law Society adds exam dates
A shortened schedule had led to concerns that results would be impacted.
# Law Society
Students launch petition after Law Society exams date moved
The students say that they now have two fewer weeks in which to study for their exams.
# Law Society
€17.7m paid out to victims of rogue solicitors in 5 years
Minister Alan Shatter says that the State will not take over the scheme from the Law Society as it would “not be in the public interest” to stump up out of their own pocket.
# Thomas Byrne
Byrne victims call on Law Society to pay compensation
The Law Society has said it has done everything it can for people who have lost money in attempting to regain control of their homes.
# Thomas Byrne
'Reckless journalism' could affect Thomas Byrne's prison safety, claims lawyer
A number of newspaper reports claiming that Byrne had acted on behalf of suspected criminal figures were rejected in court today.
# Lawyers
Majority of solicitors don’t expect legal change to cut fees
An annual survey of law firms reveals broad cynicism in the industry about the effects of the Legal Services Bill.
# savita
Savita solicitor: We released details slowly to keep media interest
Gerard O’Donnell, who represents Praveen Halappanavar, says his clients case has benefited from ‘sustained exposure’.
# Reform
Legal Services Bill is not an ambush on the sector, says Shatter
The Justice Minister also compared some of the legal rites of passage to those of Harry Potter’s school, Hogwarts.
# Legal reform
Shatter at loggerheads with barristers over legal reforms
The Bar Council has said that proposed reforms would result in increased costs amounting to millions every year.
Column: Legal reform is a chance to finally do the right thing for consumers
Solicitors and barristers exist for their clients – not the other way around. That’s why reform of the legal system is crucial, writes Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.
Column: ‘This is a blueprint for Government control of the legal profession’
Yes, we need reform – but we can’t risk undermining key principles of democracy, writes director-general of the Law Society Ken Murphy.
# Legal Reforms
Shatter says there's 'no reason for concern' over legal reforms
The Justice Minister criticised the “unfortunate hysteria” over his proposed wide-ranging reforms to the legal sector in Ireland.
# Lawyers
Shatter hopes lawyers will call off 'extraordinary' strike action
Criminal law solicitors and barristers are expected to strike on Thursday over cuts to the Criminal Legal Aid scheme.
# Legal Services
Legal Services Bill proposes new regulator and more transparent fees
The Bill also proposes new protections for legal whistleblowers and removes the wig-wearing requirement for legal professionals in court.
# Michael Lynn
Runaway solicitor Michael Lynn could be extradited over alleged fraud
The solicitor fled Ireland owing millions to banks and is now living in Portugal.
# Ó Ceallaigh
Solicitor bought several properties from client's estate
Ruairí Ó Ceallaigh used €2.4m of cleints’ money to buy houses and gamble on the stock market.