Solicitors earned €34m in criminal legal aid fees

One Dublin solicitor made almost €1 million from legal aid cases, writes Kieron Wood.

1st January, 2012
Solicitors earned €34m in criminal legal aid fees
Ian Bailey: represented by Frank Buttimer, second in the solicitors' criminal legal aid list for 2010. Photo: Collins

One Dublin solicitor earned almost €1 million from criminal legal aid in 2010, according to new figures provided by the Department of Justice.

Yvonne Bambury of Upper Ormond Quay was paid €920,529 during the year. This was down on her previous year's criminal legal aid earnings of €1,130,352. Total criminal legal aid payments to solicitors in 2010 came to €33,932,000.

The top-earning solicitor in 2009, Dublin-based Michael J Staines, who was paid €1.34 million in criminal legal...

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