Law Society calls for improved access to justice ahead of General Election 2020.

Law Society highlights insurance reform and the family courts as key priorities

The Law Society of Ireland has highlighted its key priorities ahead of General Election 2020 in its General Election Statement. These priorities include:

  • improved access to justice,
  • reform of the family law system,
  • a plan to attract international competition to Ireland’s dysfunctional insurance market,
  • Government support in positioning Ireland as a leading centre of international legal services, and
  • Government commitment to a formal technical consultation period for important tax law changes.

Director General of the Law Society Ken Murphy said, “General Election 2020 will bring many challenges, but with it also opportunities. We are calling on the next Government to implement these key priorities when shaping the plan for the next Dáil and Seanad terms.”

Investment and reform

“Investment is needed in key areas of the legal system, particularly in legal aid, criminal legal aid and the family courts,” explained Mr Murphy.

“The solicitors’ profession looks forward to working with the Government on insurance issues and being a part of the solution,” he said. “We are also calling on the government to develop a plan to attract international competition to Ireland’s dysfunctional insurance market.”

Embracing opportunities

“Britain has left the European Union and Ireland now has an opportunity to position itself as a leading centre of international legal services. We are calling for continued support from the Government so we can embrace these opportunities and grow Ireland as a legal hub.”

“The Society looks forward to engaging with all elected representatives in the new Dáil and Seanad on these and other important issues in the next term.”

To read the Law Society’s General Election Statement 2020, see: Law Society General Election Statement