Departmental Solicitor's Office

The Departmental Solicitor's Office (DSO) aims to advance and protect the interests of the Northern Ireland government departments by the provision of high quality, cost effective legal services. 

DSO's functions include advising on: 

  • the powers and duties of all the Northern Ireland Departments and on the exercise of their powers
  • the drafting of statutory instruments
  • industrial development
  • constitutional issues
  • employment law
  • fair employment and equal opportunities
  • health and social services law
  • education law, environmental law
  • charities
  • commercial leases and property law
  • government contracts and European Community matters

Other functions include:

  • general and commercial conveyancing (including compulsory acquisitions)
  • preparing documentation in commercial transactions
  • representing client Departments in various prosecutions, tribunals, arbitrations and inquiries