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Request for a change of Solicitor/ Barrister

Request for a change of Solicitor/Barrister

What can I do if I want a change of solicitor/barrister

You can request a change of solicitor by writing to us.   The person you must write to depends on who your solicitor is:

  • If your solicitor is the Managing Solicitor or a solicitor in private practice doing civil legal aid work then you should  write to:
  • Civil Operations, Legal Aid Board, 48-49 North Brunswick Street, Georges Lane, Dublin & or by email to complaints@legalaidboard.ie

  • If your solicitor is a law centre solicitor (but not the Managing Solicitor of the law centre), you should write to the Managing Solicitor.

We will consider your request and investigate the matter. We may agree to you request for a change of solicitor if resources allow, and provided we find your request to be reasonable. The details regarding your request will be made available  to the person to whom it relates for their comments on the matter.

If we do not grant your request for a change of solicitor or barrister, then you may seek a review/appeal in relation to the decision.  We will inform you of the result of any review/appeal in writing.

External Review

Are there any other remedies available yo me?

The Office of the Ombudsman is entitled ,in certain circumstances, to investigate any action taken by us on the performance of our administrative functions.  The Office of the Ombudsman is not, however entitled to investigate the provision of legal services by law centre solicitors or by private solicitors who are providing services on your behalf.  If you have a complaint about the legal services you are receiving from your solicitor, the Office of the Ombudsman has no role.

Contact details for the Office of the Ombudsman are as follows:

Office of the Ombudsman,

18 Lower Leeson Street,

Dublin, D02 HE97

Lo Call: 1890 22 30 30

Email: ombudsman@ombudsman.gov.ie

Contact Details for the Board's Head Office

Head Office:

Legal Aid Board, Quay Street, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, V23 RD36

Lo call No ; 1890 615 200

Tel ; (066) 947 100 / Fax: (066) 947 1035

Email: info@legalaidboard.ie

www.legalaidboard.ie