Carlow solicitors' firm sets up company to employ lawyers

Two senior counsel have advised the Law Society that employing solicitors through a company is illegal, writes Kieron Wood.

5th May, 2012
Alan Shatter: giving 'serious consideration' to changing the law on limited liability practices. Photo: Tony O'Shea

ACo Carlow solicitors' firm has set up a limited liability company to employ assistant solicitors.

The Law Society has been advised that operating in this fashion is illegal.

Section 64 of the 1954 Solicitors Act says it is an offence for a limited company, or a director of the company, to imply that it is qualified to act as a solicitor. At present, a partner in a solicitor's firm can be sued for all his...

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