Legal Features

Winds of change in Personal Injury Litigation in Ireland

25/08/2020 - The Court of Appeal Judgment as delivered by Mr Justice Noonan of the 11th August 2020 in the case of Emma McKeown v Alan Crosby and Mary Vocella [2020] IECA 242 is significant in the context Personal Injury Litigation in this jurisdiction.

COVID-19: Company Law Changes

18/08/2020 - On 1 August 2020, the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) (COVID-19) Act 2020 (Act) was signed into law. This legislation, due to commence soon, will address certain specific company law issues arising because of the ongoing and unprecedented Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

EDPB Reviewing Draft Guidelines on Data Protection and Connected Vehicles

18/08/2020 - The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) is finalising its guidelines on data protection law as it applies to connected vehicles. The first draft of the Guidelines 1/2020 on processing personal data in the context of connected vehicles and mobility related applications was adopted on 28 January 2020 and will soon be finalised following a public consultation.

Data Protection Rights and the Pandemic COVID-19

23/07/2020 - It was recently reported that the HSE had disclosed to an employer that one of their employees had tested positive for Covid-19 prior to informing the employee of their own test results. The HSE explained in a statement that in “exceptional circumstances”, “if it is considered essential for the public health good”, they would inform an employer of a Covid-19 positive test result prior to informing the employee.

After the Storm: Workplace stress - How do I Handle It?

30/06/2020 - Employee stress, which often stems either from issues around workload or bullying/harassment, is particularly relevant for employers, in the unprecedented circumstances in which we are all operating as a result of Covid-19.

COVID-19: Financial Crime Risk – Regulatory Expectations

30/06/2020 - Financial services providers have been very active in maintaining essential services, managing their own duties as employers and managing operational and compliance risk in the COVID-19 environment.

Insurance Reform – A Top Political Priority

24/06/2020 - Fuelled by cycle of rising and falling insurance premiums, the high level of personal injury awards, and a series of high profile successes against fraudulent claimants, in recent times it seems that the topic of insurance has never been far from the front pages of the news.

Smith & Williamson's 8th Annual Survey of Irish Law Firms

02/06/2020 - The eigth Smith & Williamson Survey of Irish Law Firms shows the legal sector performing well and in good shape, with revenues rising and the market for lawyers increasingly buoyant.

Continuing to trade in turbulent times - addressing the legal challenges

19/05/2020 - It has been suggested recently that companies who avail of the supports put in place by the Government are, as such, admitting to trading while insolvent, and that continuing to trade while insolvent could conceivably open up directors of the companies concerned to potential personal liability actions for reckless trading.

Dealing with Tenant inability-to-pay rent in Commercial Leases during COVID19

19/05/2020 - As business activity has reduced and cash-flow stopped in many sectors as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions, tenant inability to pay situations are an inevitability.

The Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020

09/04/2020 - In response to the Covid -19 epidemic, the houses of the Oireachtas have enacted the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid -19) Act 2020, (“the Act”).

COVID-19 - Accelerating the Trend Towards a Cashless Society?

01/04/2020 - Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty, as countries around the globe race to put together economic packages to stop their economies from crumbling. The World Trade Organisation’s chief said that projections show that the economic downturn could be worse than the 2008 recession.

Periodic payment orders in catastrophic injury cases

26/03/2020 - The first Periodic Payment Order (PPO) was approved by an Irish Court in February 2019.

Examinership – an underutilised option for vulnerable but viable companies

25/03/2020 - This year marks the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the examinership framework in Ireland and given the current challenges facing businesses, 2020 could be the year that the process comes into its own to assist struggling but otherwise viable companies and, very importantly, to maintain employment.

Employment Law : Tackling Work Related Stress

27/02/2020 - A common issue that arises for Irish employers is dealing with and managing employees who are suffering from alleged work related stress.

Election 2020: What are the employment law priorities?

20/02/2020 - While the prospect of a new government being formed currently appears to be a long way off, there is no doubt that Sinn Féin, having secured the most first-preference votes in the recent general election, is a strong contender to be in the next government.

On your bike – Cycling and the Law in Ireland

17/12/2019 - New legislation has been enacted to protect cyclists from dangerous overtaking by drivers on the road. The Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 came into force on the 12th of November 2019 and introduces a fixed €120 charge and three penalty points for any driver successfully prosecuted under the legislation.

The Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Act 2019 has Now Been Commenced

05/12/2019 - The Act which makes a number of significant amendments to the Irish Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 (the "Copyright Act") was signed into law back on 26 June 2019

Help to Buy Scheme for First Time Buyers

03/12/2019 - First time buyers will welcome the news that the Help to Buy scheme (the “HTB”) was extended for a further two years to 31 December 2021 in Budget 2020.

Defamation by Hyperlink

19/11/2019 - Defamation by means of hyperlink may be a relatively new concept, however the importance of this topic has grown exponentially due to the manner in which we interact with the internet today.

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