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International Protection Solicitors Panel

What is the Panel?

The Legal Aid Board is the largest provider of legal services to asylum seekers. We helped over 2,000 applicants with their application for international protection in the State in 2018 - a rise of over one-third on 2017 numbers.  We provide legal services through our dedicated teams in our Dublin Smithfield, Cork Popes Quay, and Galway Seville House law centres complimented by our International Protection Solicitors Panel. Almost 1,500 new cases were referred to the Panel in 2018 with that number set to rise significantly for 2019.

What does the Panel cover?

The panel covers legal assistance to asylum seekers in making their application for international protection and permission to remain in the State, including at questionnaire and interview stage, appeal to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal, and representation in relation to permission to remain.

The panel does not cover Judicial Review matters. If an asylum seeker wishes to apply for legal aid for a judicial review they need to be referred back to the law centre to make a new application for legal services. If legal aid is granted, representation will be provided by the law centre.

Panel of Solicitors

Any solicitor/firm wishing to be considered, in accordance with the terms and conditions, to have his, her or their name placed on the Panel must apply in writing to the Board via the application form. The solicitor/firm must give an undertaking to comply with these terms and conditions and the provisions of the Act when providing legal aid and/or advice.

Fees payable

There is a standard scale of fees payable per case to solicitors/firms on the Panel for the provision of services. Claims may be made on the CF 1 Claim form