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International Protection Solicitors Panel

What is the Panel?

The Legal Aid Board is one of the largest providers of services to asylum seekers in Ireland. We provide services through our three law centres in Dublin (Smithfield), Cork (Popes Quay) and Galway (Seville House) and our International Protection Solicitors Panel.

We are seeking applications from solicitors in private practice with an interest in the area of international protection to join our Panel.

What does the Panel cover?

The Panel covers legal assistance to asylum seekers in making their applications 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.

Please note that the panel does not cover judicial review applications. Asylum seekers who are seeking legal aid for a judicial review of any aspect of their application for international protection will need to apply to a law centre.

What are the requirements?

You will be enrolled as a solicitor in the State and meet the other requirements in our terms and conditions for membership of the panel. You will be required to have the necessary experience in the area of international protection law (which includes through attendance at the Board’s induction training programme).

If you are entered onto the panel you will be expected to comply with our Best Practice Guidelines when carrying out work on our behalf.

Do I have to attend training?

The Board is opening the international protection panel to new applicants from 1st May 2022. We will hold an online, free of charge, induction training programme commencing in September 2022. Details of the programme will be made available in due course. Attendance at the programme is required for practitioners new to the area of international protection and recommended for all joining the Panel. The Board will take a decision based on your experience and knowledge as set out on the application form as to whether you will be required to attend the programme prior to being admitted to the Panel. For this reason it is important that you fully set out your experience and knowledge of the area of international protection when completing the application form.

How do I get work?

Cases will be referred to the Panel by law centres in accordance with management guidelines. The Board cannot guarantee a minimum level of work for any practitioner or that any individual case will be referred. A rota is in operation and cases are referred directly to private practitioners by law centres in accordance with the rota.

How to apply

You can download the application form and the terms and conditions which include the fee structure.

Please return the signed application form by email to ppunit@legalaidboard.ie or by post to Private Practitioner Services, Legal Aid Board, Quay Street, Cahersiveen, Co Kerry V23 RD36 or via DX to DX166004 CAHERSIVEEN.

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 IP-Panel-Claim-Form

International Protection Regularisation Scheme

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