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The legal profession is highly pressured which can mean that some lawyers may make a significant mistake or will be the subject of a complaint at some point during their career. While minor mistakes are usually handled informally, a major error or breach of professional misconduct rules can lead to disciplinary proceedings against you
Facing disciplinary proceedings can be an extremely distressing and worrying time. Most lawyers are hard-working, competent, knowledgeable, and take great professional pride in serving the best interests of their clients. Failure in any of these areas can hit you hard. Also, the disciplinary process can be lengthy, which can cause anxiety.
If you believe you have made a mistake or you are the subject of a complaint it is usually recommended that you seek independent specialist advice sooner rather than later.
If you are worried that you may have breached a professional misconduct rule, do contact Regulation for guidance. (see below). You may feel anxious about contacting them but try and address concerns early.
Lawyers tend to be perfectionists and it can be very hard to acknowledge that you have made a mistake or that a client has made a complaint about your services, but doing so and taking action to deal with this is really important to support your mental health and wellbeing.
At LawCare we have listened to many lawyers who are worried about the mistakes they have made, who have complaints made against them and who may be facing disciplinary proceedings. We know what a difficult and stressful time this is, so call us if you need emotional support. We also have a network of peer supporters, many of whom have been through a similar experience that you may like to talk to.
Panel to assist Solicitors in difficulty with the Law SocietyPanel members provide assistance to solicitors so that an appropriate initial response is sent on notification of a complaint.
Contact: Pamela ConnollyT 01 672 firstname.lastname@example.orgConsult a Colleague
This Law Society funded confidential helpline offers free personal and professional support. It is operated by the Dublin Solicitors’ Bar AssociationT: 01 284 8484
Guidance and Ethics HelplineAssistance is offered to solicitors concerned about their own position in relation to matters of conduct.
Contact: Linda KirwanT 01 672 email@example.com
If you are worried about a mistake you have made, even if it was some time ago, give our helpline a call, we can help. We are not obliged to report any breaches to your regulator.
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