Finally Some Action Against Rate-Your-Solicitor.com

The Irish Times reported on Saturday that finally some action is to be taken against obnoxious website Rate-Your-Solicitor.com.

A lot of solicitors in Wicklow have suffered unfairly at the hands of Rate-Your-Solicitor.com.

A SOLICITOR has brought a defamation action over comments posted about him on the website Rate-Your-Solicitor.com

Damien Tansey, a partner in the firm Callan Tansey Solicitors, is suing John Gill, Drumline, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare, and Ans Vogelaar, Bohea, Liscarney, Westport, Co Mayo, in their alleged capacity as operators of the website.

He is also suing Dotster Inc, a US-based firm, over allegedly providing internet services to the other defendants, including hosting the website.

In an affidavit, Mr Tansey said the website, which is widely read among legal consumers, had published material false and defamatory of him since July 2007. Mr Tansey said the words published on the site wrongly meant he had committed criminal acts, engaged in dishonest appropriation of clients’ property, lied to clients, engaged in corrupt conduct, engaged in unprofessional conduct and failed to act in accordance with the highest standards.

As a result, his character, reputation and business had been “greatly injured”, resulting in him suffering embarrassment, loss and damage, he said.

When the matter came before the High Court yesterday, senior counsel Richard Humphreys, for Mr Tansey, said he understood Mr Gill would defend the proceedings.

Damien Tansey’s (Sligo) details still appear on Rate-Your-Solicitor.com (26th June 2011).