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Niall Fox Solicitors

Your Access To Justice

Our Mission is to help people access justice, fighting legal battles robustly and achieving the best possible outcome, all with the least stress possible for our clients.

If you have a query or want to make an appointment just call us now or fill in the enquiry form and we will respond within 24 hours.


About Us

Niall Fox, Niall Fox Solicitors

Niall Fox Solicitors is a contentious legal firm located in Cavan town, County Cavan. If you are facing a dispute, prosecution or dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic accident or incident, Niall Fox Solicitors can help you. We offer legal advice to clients nationwide if necessary and predominantly in the border counties of Cavan, Monaghan, Longford, Louth and Leitrim. We are here to help you solve your legal problem. We are interested solely in acting for you or defending you.

We offer all our clients the access to justice they require. When you instruct us, you can trust our proven experience to safeguard your interests and help resolve your legal issues.

Registered Member of The Law Society of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England & Wales.

Our Offices

Address

3, Bridge Street,
Cavan Town,
Cavan,
Ireland
H12 Y5P6

Opening Hours

  • Monday 9.15am-5pm
  • Tuesday 9.15-5pm
  • Wednesday 9.15-5pm
  • Thursday 9.15-5pm
  • Friday 9.15-4.30pm

Why Choose Us?

Our Mission

To help everyone who needs access to justice following a traumatic event, fighting their legal battle robustly whilst achieving the best possible outcome, with the least stress involved.

Our Vision

We are the only solicitors that people think of if they need help following an accident, incident, injury, arrest, prosecution or in the event of any contentious dispute arising in their life.

FAQs

Personal Injury


How long do I have to bring a personal injury claim?

Answer: Two Years from the date of the incident or two years from the date of knowledge of your injury.

What information will my solicitor require from me?

Answer: Basic details such as name, address, date of birth, PPS number, employment status, salary. He or she will also require details of how the injury occurred and any medical treatment sought following the incident or accident. If you have incurred any out of pocket expenses you should also bring along any proofs for same. If you are a new client identity documents such as a passport, driving licence and or utility bill will be required to verify your identity.

What will happen after I see my solicitor about my claim?

Answer: After your solicitor has taken your instructions, he or she will determine whether or not you have a good case or whether further information is required. He or she will also seek medical evidence to verify your injuries such as a report from your treating GP.


What is the Personal Injuries Assessment Board?

Answer: The majority of claims for personal injury in the Republic of Ireland must be lodged initially with the Personal Injuries Assessment Board. They are an idependent state body concerned with assessing personal injury claims before the applicant is entitled to take the matter to court.


How long will my claim take?

Answer: It is extremely difficult to estimate the time a claim will take to resolve. The application to PIAB is likely to take anywhere between 12 months and 18 months to go through the assessment process. If an assessment cannot take place then an authorisation could issue within months entitling you to proceed to court with your claim. If the matter proceeds to court it may take an additional 2 years to resolve the case. 


Will I have to go to court?

Answer: It is impossible to tell whether you will or won’t be required to go to court to give evidence. The vast majority of cases settle before the matter comes on for hearing before a judge however if the case does not settle you will need to attend court and give evidence before a judge. You will also be cross examined by the other side’s legal team. 


How much will the claim process cost me?

Answer: If you submit your claim to PIAB and accept their assessment, you will be responsible for your own legal fees for bringing the claim to that point. In the event that you proceed to court and win your case, the other side will be responsible for your legal fees from the date proceedings are issued. If you lose, you will owe your costs and the other side’s costs.



Criminal Cases


I have received a summons to appear at the District Court- what does this mean?

Answer: It means that you must attend before a District Judge at the time and place appointed to answer charges relating to a criminal offence.


I have been arrested and released with a charge sheet telling me to appear at the District Court- what will happen when I get there?

Answer: You should appear at court on the date and time stated on the Charge sheet to answer the charges relating to the criminal offences. Beforehand, you should seek legal representation and discuss making an application for criminal legal aid to fund your criminal defence. At court on the first day, the judge will verify if you have legal representation. If you do have legal representation it is likely that your representative will seek disclosure of the evidence against you from the Garda and adjourn the case to consider same before advising you whether to plead guilty or not guilty.


What happens if I do not turn up to court?

Answer: If you do not turn up and have a charge sheet, the judge is likely to issue an immediate bench warrant for your arrest. This means the Garda will arrest you and bring you before the court at the next available opportunity. If you have a summons and fail to turn up, the judge may proceed to hear your case in your absence and may convict you without you getting the chance to explain your version of events.


How much will it cost me?

Answer: This will depend on whether or not you qualify for criminal legal aid. If you qualify, then legal aid will cover the total cost of your legal representation. If not, you will be responsible for paying for your solicitor’s appearance and time expended considering your case.


What are my options in respect of the charges or summons for offences?

Answer: You can contest the charges and plead not guilty or accept the charges, plead guilty and your solicitor can make a plea of mitigation on your behalf to try and minimise the sentence from the judge.


Can I appeal the decision of the court?

Answer: Yes you have 14 days to appeal the decision of a District Judge. If you lodge your appeal correctly and on time, the matter will be ultimately listed before a Circuit Court judge who will rehear the case and make a decision affirming the original decision or changing same.



Family/Matrimonial Law


What is Guardianship?

Answer: Guardianship is effectively parental responsibility. A guardian of a child is involved in important decisions in the child’s life such as education, religion, medical treatment and general rearing. Married parents have automatic guardianship of their children. If unmarried, a mother only has automatic guardianship but a father can acquire same subsequently.


What is the difference between access and custody?

Answer: Custody determines which parent has day to day control of the child and where the child resides on a daily basis. Access is essentially contact for the parent who does not have custody.


What is the difference between Divorce and Judicial Separation?

Answer: Divorce dissolves the marriage completely and brings finality to the marriage. It also deals with the division of the matrimonial assets. Judicial Separation only ends the party’s requirement to co habit together.


How long will my Divorce take?

Answer: Divorce can take at least 12 months and often even longer depending on the parties involved, the age and number of children involved and the assets to be distributed between the parties.




Employment Law


Can my employer dismiss me after a few months without reason?

Answer: No your employer cannot ever simply dismiss you after a few months regardless of whether you are or are not on a probationary period. You are entitled to fairness and justice at all stages of your dismissal procedure regardless of whether you have been there for a short or long period of time.


Is there a qualifying period for unfair dismissal?

Answer: Yes you normally require at least one year’s continuous employment to seek protection under the unfair dismissal legislation.


Are there any exceptions to the requirement for one year’s continuous employment?

Answer: Yes there are a number of exceptions to this rule such as if you have been dismissed for whistle blowing or disclosing that you are pregnant then you do not require the one year’s continuous employment to avail of the protection offered by the unfair dismissal legislation.


Is there a time limit for bringing an employment claim?

Answer: Yes- the vast majority of claims should be lodged with the Work Place Relations Commission within 6 months of the date of the termination or incident giving rise to the claim.



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