Members of the Law Library are provided with a wide range of services aimed at enabling them to provide an efficient and effective service to their clients. The services summarised below are included in the annual membership subscription and recurring service charges paid by members of the Law Library.
The Bar of Ireland represents members of the Bar of Ireland on Government and non-Government agencies including the Courts Service, Judicial Appointments Board and many other Committees and Commissions established by various Government Ministers.
The Bar of Ireland works in conjunctions with agencies such as the Courts Service, the Office of the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Chief State Solicitor, the Department of Justice and the Legal Aid Board.
Representation is of vital importance at a time of when significant change for the profession is being proposed by the Minister for Justice.
Library and Information Services
The Library and Information Service is committed to providing a library and information service of quality to support, promote and facilitate the professional excellence of the members of the Law Library.
The Library Service has embraced developments in technology which has greatly improved our service offerings and helped improve access and accessibility to our collections. While the new technologies have allowed us to deliver a professional, effective and efficient service we strive to maintain a face-to-face personal service with members.
As well as the country's largest collection of legal materials, members have access to commercial databases including Westlaw, Justis, Lexis Library and Bloomsbury Professional via the Law Library intranet.
Information Technology Services
Broadband Internet access is available throughout the Law Library premises. Open-access PCs with MS Office are free for members' use, in dedicated computer rooms and elsewhere, as well as printing and scan-to-email facilities. A secure email system is available to all members and there is an intranet which provides access to a range of Law Library services. A dedicated IT Helpdesk and support team are on-hand for any IT and computer-related queries or issues.
Continuing Professional Development
The Continuing Professional Development Programme was initiated as a means of ensuring the establishment and promotion of high standards of work within the professional and to enable barristers to develop their careers by acquiring new professional skills and areas of practice.
A range of events is held throughout the year, in Dublin and elsewhere, covering all aspects of the law as well as key topics such as ethics and advocacy.
Seating and lockers are provided in each Law Library premises. Seats and lockers are allocated according to criteria including length of membership of the Law Library. Robing facilities are available in the Four Courts and Criminal Courts of Justice.
Banking and Insurance Services
Law Library Finance Ltd. in partnership with two financial institutions provides on-site banking and insurance services for members.
Aon Insurance offers Professional Indemnity Insurance, Permanent Health Insurance, motor, household, travel, income protection, life assurance, pensions.
Bank of Ireland provides loans, mortgages, investments and stockbrokerage.
Fee Recovery Service
The Bar of Ireland Collections Office was introduced to assist members who are experiencing difficulty collecting fees from solicitors. This is an additional service which follows a structured collections procedure including, but not limited to, the escalation of a case to the Law Society Regulations Department.
Life and Illness Cover
Members under 65 years of age are automatically provided with Life and Illness benefit cover as part of their membership subscription.
A two-day conference is held each year in May or June. Papers on a variety of legal topics are given and there are a range of social events.
The Bar Review
Published six times a year, The Bar Review contains articles from leading barristers as well as a comprehensive Legal Update detailing pertinant publications, judgments and legislation. Each issue of The Bar Review is supplied free to all members.
The Bar of Ireland Yearbook & Diary
All members receive The Bar of Ireland's Yearbook & Diary, as well as a pocket version of the same.
A regular bulletin of news and events is issued by The Bar of Ireland to members of the Law Library.
Dublin Dispute Resolution Centre
The DDRC is a purpose built centre co-owned by the Law Library and based in Distillery Building. It provides a ‘one stop shop’ for dispute resolution from the time initial contact is made, to the conclusion of the process. The Centre caters for arbitrations, mediations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, as well as ancillary activities such as meetings.
Voluntary Assistance Scheme (VAS)
Through the VAS, members can participate in a rewarding pro-bono scheme for charities, NGOs and similar organisations.
Sports and Social Clubs
Members can avail of a number of sports and social clubs which run activities throughout the year and are open to all members. Additionally, members can make use of the Barristers' Tea Room in the Four Courts and the Sheds Bar in Distillery Building.