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1,000 lawyers out of work

MORE than 1,000 solicitors are out of work due to the collapse in the economy and in particular the construction sector.

The Dublin Solicitors Bar Association carried out a survey with almost 3,500 members and revealed that almost 40pc of law firms have made staff redundant.

In addition, two thirds of solicitors have taken a pay cut of up to 50pc as a result of the drop in business.