A SOLICITOR is under investigation for allegedly breaking the nose of another legal professional near to the Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin on Thursday morning.
The "alleged assault incident" took place along Wolfe Tone Quay in the city centre at around 11am.
It is believed the two individuals involved are lawyers who are known to each other and may have worked together at some stage.
Upon being notified of an incident, gardaí discovered a man in his 40s with facial injuries – including a suspected broken nose – after being punched by another man.
Both parties have been identified by Gardaí. The Irish Independent reports that the suspect is a practicing solicitor who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The man is reportedly a highly regarded defence lawyer.
Gardaí are trying to establish whether the altercation was sparked by a row over the two men’s clients.
One source told the the Irish Independent: "Gardaí were carrying out a Covid-19 checkpoint nearby when they were alerted to the incident.
"It quickly emerged that the two men involved are known to each other and the row may be over clients.
"No arrests have yet been made but gardaí are expecting to make significant progress in the investigation," the source added.
It's understood the two men are former colleagues but now work in separate firms.
A Garda spokesman said: "Gardaí at the Bridewell have commenced an investigation following an alleged assault incident between two males on Wolf Tone Quay, Dublin 7 shortly after 11am on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
"One of the men involved sustained facial injuries in the incident. Investigating gardaí have identified both parties involved and enquiries are ongoing," the spokesman concluded.