Judge Alan Mahon: chaired planning tribunal from 2003-2012. Photograph: Frank Miller

The judge who led the planning tribunal is to be promoted to the Court of Appeal after the Cabinet filled seven key judicial vacancies. Circuit Court(...)

Alan Mahon is among the seven judges who will fill key vacancies. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The judge who led the planning tribunal is to be promoted to the Court of Appeal after the cabinet moved to fill seven key judicial vacancies. (...)

Blank ad boards: a 2006 Competition Authority report cited the “near blanket-ban on advertising by barristers and some unnecessary restrictions on solicitor advertising” as factors limiting access, choice and value for money for consumers of legal services

Lawyers, unlike other professionals, are restricted from advertising freely by their governing bodies.Barristers are restricted by the rules of the Ba(...)

Gerald Kean who has lost his  appeal against a finding of professional misconduct arising out of his handling of a former client’s case. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The High Court has dismissed solicitor Gerald Kean’s appeal against a finding of professional misconduct arising out of his handling of a former clien(...)

Solicitor Gerald Kean: his barrister argued that there was no conduct of a disgraceful or morally culpable nature, or any gross negligence on his part. Photograph: Alan Betson/The irish Times

Solicitor Gerald Kean made “elaborate and increasingly desperate” efforts over months to cover up his alleged failures in dealing with a client’s cas(...)

Gerald Kean, at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in Smithfield, Dublin in November last year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Solicitor Gerald Kean’s denial of complaints made against him by a former client was “incoherent, confused and made very, very little sense”, the Law (...)

Then  minister for health James Reilly  after the cabinet’s decision in June to approve the publication of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014, which will place Ireland as the first country in the EU to legislate for plain packaging for tobacco products. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The State may lose tax revenue through the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products but this will be offset by savings from reduced dea(...)

Ruairí Ó Ceallaigh: Former solicitor jailed for three years for theft and fraud from his family law firm. Pic: Courtpix

A struck off solicitor described as a “devout Christian” has been jailed for three years for stealing €2.8 million from former client accounts to fund(...)

A Law Society Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal recommended last May that Gerald Kean (above) be fined €20,000 for misconduct following complaints by a former client over services rendered by the solicitor. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An appeal by solicitor Gerald Kean arising from a finding of professional misconduct against him has been adjourned to September.A Law Society Solicit(...)

Former solicitor Ruairí Ó Ceallaigh at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

A former solicitor described as a “devout Christian” stole €2.8 million from the accounts of seven clients of his family’s law firm and used the money(...)