Monday 25 September 2017

Barrister fails in bid to represent clients without using a solicitor

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Tim Healy

The High Court dismissed a barrister's application to be allowed to represent clients without having to be instructed by a solicitor.

Eugenie Houston, president of the newly formed Association of Barristers in Ireland, had asked the court to clarify provisions of a law, passed in 2015, in relation to the question of direct access of members of the public to barristers.

Traditionally and currently, in order to appear before a court, a barrister can receive only instructions from a solicitor.

Ms Houston is seeking to act for two men who so far have represented themselves in High Court injunction proceedings being brought against them over alleged trespass on a bog in Co Offaly.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan ruled there ias "simply no proposition" a barrister could act and conduct contentious litigation on behalf of a party without being instructed by a solicitor.

Irish Independent

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