Sunday 28 May 2017

Dearbhail McDonald: Legal reform affects us all and shouldn't be railroaded through

Thomas Byrne
Thomas Byrne
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

AS Thomas Byrne settles into a 12-year jail stretch (most likely eight with remission), focus has rapidly descended on the Law Society, the ruling body for the country's solicitors.

Given the scale of Byrne's colossal ¿52m fraud, the skill and cunning his scheme required over long periods of time, could the Law Society have done anything to detect it at an earlier stage?

On the eve of major reforms to the legal sector, what confidence can the public have now that the Law Society has persuaded Justice Minister Alan Shatter to leave the financial investigation of solicitors' practices in the hands of the profession's representative body?

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