Editorial: Law should get its house in order after Byrne case
The conviction and sentencing of the high-profile solicitor Thomas Byrne has once again focused attention on the Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011, which has now been meandering through the Oireachtas ever since. The cost of legal services in Ireland was one of the things that shocked the troika when it first arrived on our shores. Now that they are leaving, the position remains much the same.
However the Bar Council, which represents barristers, is adamant that the market for its members "has never been as competitive" and this has led to a "very considerable reduction in fees paid to most barristers."
Many litigants would beg to differ, as the cost of going to the High Court remains prohibitively high and when a case starts, the fees per day can start clocking up at an alarming rate.