A senior legal figure has called for reform and regulation of the legal industry.

The call by the Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohan, comes in the wake of revelations that some solicitors charged their clients for work at the Institutional Redress Board, although the board was paying their fees.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio's Morning Ireland, Mr Honohan said there is a huge appetite for reform in the profession. But, he said, the profession needs to ask itself why it is so focused on costs.

Mr Honohan explained examples of unnecessary applications made to the courts, which incur expenses that will fall on clients.

'The demands of justice have first claim,' he said. 'Judges cannot do justice if the lawyers do not ask them.'