Referring cases to private solicitors
As civil servants, we are not allowed to show any favouritism towards any private solicitors. If a person asks you to “recommend a solicitor”, for whatever reason, you must politely refuse. You can direct them towards the Law Society of Ireland website at www.lawsociety.ie. There is a “Find a Solicitor” page which will allow them to search for local solicitors.
When referring to private practitioners on the Board’s panels, we must follow the procedures in the è Administrative Procedures Handbook. This means that we will give applicants the panel for the county and ask them to pick their own solicitor. We normally cannot pick the solicitor for them. There are limited circumstances when it might be permissible to assist them and the Handbook details this.