At PA Duffy and Company, we believe in working with other solicitors toward a common goal. With registered businesses in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland we are uniquely placed to deal with cross border legal issues that other solicitors are unable to action due to jurisdictional restrictions.
We offer a range of services to solicitors and law firms, including expert advice on some of the common pitfalls involved in cross border litigation and the danger of leaving yourself open to a professional negligence claim.
Personal injury proceedings can be issued either where an accident happens or where the defendant resides. Take, for example, someone who is involved in a road traffic accident in Northern Ireland and the at fault third party driver is resident in the Republic of Ireland. Most solicitors will simply issue proceedings in Northern Ireland as it may be seen as a more straight forward option.
However, the level of damages payable to claimant’s is much higher in the Republic of Ireland. Therefore, failure to advise your client of this may amount to professional negligence. It is almost always more beneficial for clients to make their personal injury claim in the Republic of Ireland.
Another common pitfall with cross border litigation is that personal injury claims in the Republic of Ireland become statute barred if they are not issued within two years, as opposed to the three-year limitation in Northern Ireland. It is, therefore, important if you have a case of this nature to act quickly.
By building a working relationship with our cross border firm you can rest assured that your cases will be dealt with by solicitors with a high level of expertise and knowledge in navigating the claims process in the Republic of Ireland.