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1. Dear *****, the first thing I would suggest to you is that you have been speaking to too many people in relation to your case. This solicitor employed by the State who suggests something will take 10-15 years is like a Prophet from Hell! You would be better off not speaking to such people or collecting opinions from assorted members of the legal profession you know.
2. It is quite correct that no solicitor in County Mayo will sue another solicitor in County Mayo. That is like spitting in the soup! So, you should take yourself off up to Dublin and hire a solicitor there to sue your former solicitor. The Law Society maintains a register of solicitors who are willing to sue other solicitor members of the legal profession. So, if you are in doubt as to who to contact, you should contact or pay a visit to the Law Society in Blackhall Place in Dublin 7 and get the names of several solicitors who will be willing to act for you.
3. I would not recommend you hiring a solicitor in Northern Ireland or the UK as there will be additional costs in travelling to meet them and such a solicitor will not be as familiar with the procedure in Irish courts as an Irish solicitor will be.
4. The bot***** *****ne is that each solicitor carries Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) to cover claims made against them. This means that once your solicitor issues legal proceedings against the solicitor concerned, the claim will be taken over by the insurer and the case settled if it is a valid one. So, this notion of waiting until hell freezes over is old rot!
5. So, take the train to Dublin and get the name of a solicitor who would be willing to act for you. Make an appointment with one of them and get legal proceedings issued as soon as possible. Essentially, you will need to bring matters to a conclusion. Be aware that whilst you may have to finance the case yourselves, no solicitor will turn down a case which is valid and from which the solicitor will make money. So, once you convince the solicitor that your case is valid, then you will have a better chance of getting some arrangement entered into in relation to fees.
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