Solicitors are normally the first point of contact for individuals or organisations seeking legal advice.

The solicitors' profession is regulated by statute (the Solicitors Acts 1954 - 1994).

The Law Society of Ireland is the professional body of solicitors and is responsible for their education and training under delegated statutory powers.

Solicitors are normally self employed as sole practitioners or join in partnership with other solicitors. There are more than 6,000 practising solicitors (November 1996).

Last Update - 6th February 1997