Friday 15 December 2017

Four solicitors ordered not to practise until they get insurance


FOUR solicitors have been ordered by the High Court not to practise until they have obtained insurance cover.

Their cover ran out last December and they were unsuccessful in obtaining new cover, the court was told yesterday.

The Law Society then brought proceedings to have their practising certificates suspended until cover was in place.

It was important that people acting as solicitors should have insurance cover in their dealings with members of the public, legal counsel for the Law Society told the court.

High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns yesterday ordered all four not to practise until cover was in place.

The judge made the order in the absence of two solicitors at the hearing -- Mary Kennedy, practising as Barrington Solicitors, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, and Michael O'Sullivan (Micheal O Suilleabhain), Baggot Hall, Baggot Street, Dublin.

Lawyers for the other two solicitors -- Lorna Burke, practising as Burke and Co, Kiltartan House, Forster Street, Galway, and Timothy McEniry, Lower Camden Street, Dublin -- asked for adjournments to allow them continue efforts to obtain insurance.

Ms Burke, through her solicitor, told the court that she had sought insurance cover from Quinn Direct but was waiting the outcome of separate High Court proceedings in relation to the administrators over that company before she could progress her application for cover.

Mr McEniry, who has been in practice since 1956, was also making efforts to get insurance in London via a Cork-based broker, his counsel said.

Mr Justice Kearns said he was prepared to grant adjournments for Ms Burke and Mr McEniry but only on the basis that they did not practise in the interim.

He adjourned both matters for two weeks until another hearing.

Irish Independent

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