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Complaints Information for Legal Practitioners

We receive and investigate complaints against legal practitioners in relation to inadequate services, excessive costs, and misconduct. Where appropriate, we will try to resolve complaints informally with practitioners and clients.

What kinds of complaints can be made against legal practitioners

  • A client of a legal practitioner or someone acting on their behalf can make a complaint
  • Any person may make a complaint about alleged misconduct on the part of a legal practitioner
  • Inadequate service
  • Excessive costs
  • Misconduct
This can be a range of behaviours from allegations of fraud or dishonesty to criminal activity to a breach of the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2015. Misconduct is defined in section 50(1) of the Legal Services Regulation Act, 2015.
Complaints which relate to alleged inadequate service or excessive costs (or both) generally have a time limit of three years. There is no time limit for making a complaint of alleged misconduct.
Yes, if the complaint relates to behaviour of a solicitor or barrister which is likely to bring his/her profession into disrepute or to justify a finding that a legal practitioner is not a fit and proper person to engage in the provision of legal services.


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