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Features in the legal profession in Ireland:

NI Blog: A time of crisis and challenge — Brexit and our constitutional future

NI Blog: A time of crisis and challenge — Brexit and our constitutional future

Dr Colin Harvey, professor of human rights law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, writes on the repercussions of Brexit across the island of Ireland. Brexit continues to generate a library full of responses. Rightly so, it will shape the future of these islands. It is particularly distressing for Northern Ireland (and the […]

Equal Civil Partnerships: Implications of Strasbourg’s latest ruling for Steinfeld and Keidan

Equal Civil Partnerships: Implications of Strasbourg’s latest ruling for Steinfeld and Keidan

Professor Helen Fenwick and Dr Andy Hayward of Durham Law School provide a critical analysis of the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment in Ratzenböck and Seydl v Austria and its implications for Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, a British couple seeking legal recognition of civil partnerships for heterosexuals. Equal civil partnerships divide opinions. For […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Christmas parties – a nightmare for employers

Richard Grogan on employment law: Christmas parties – a nightmare for employers

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors writes on a seasonal topic in the run-up to Christmas. The season of goodwill is coming upon us. As part of this, the Annual Staff Party is one of those functions where an employer may have to dig deep to feed and water their […]

Blog: The Irish Constitution has served us well for the most part

Blog: The Irish Constitution has served us well for the most part

Dr Laura Cahillane, lecturer in the School of Law at University of Limerick, shares her view on the Irish Constitution at 80. ‘If there is one thing more than another that is clear and shining through this whole Constitution, it is the fact that the people are the masters.’ When de Valera introduced the draft […]

Blog: The critical balance — protecting your name vs free expression

Blog: The critical balance — protecting your name vs free expression

Andrea Martin, partner at MediaLawyer Solicitors in Dublin, writes on the critical balance that underpins our defamation laws. As a society, we need to ask if we have yet found the right balance between freedom of expression and the protection of individual reputation. Let’s take our 1937 Constitution as a starting point. Article 40.6.1 of […]

Blog: Remaining provisions of Children First Act 2015 coming into effect

Blog: Remaining provisions of Children First Act 2015 coming into effect

Partner Diego Gallagher and solicitor Orla Crowe from ByrneWallace’s health services team examine forthcoming the Children First Act 2015. The Children First Act 2015, which was signed into law on 19 November 2015, forms a core part of the current child protection legislation in Ireland. To date however, many of the provisions have not yet […]

Blog: A balanced approach to the legalities surrounding ‘gag’ clauses is needed

Blog: A balanced approach to the legalities surrounding ‘gag’ clauses is needed

Stephen Holst, partner at McCann FitzGerald, writes on the complex issue of “gag” clauses. The use of confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses, sometimes called ‘gag’ clauses, in employment settlement agreements has been the source of criticism in light of recent revelations regarding the covering up of alleged wrongdoings by public figures. There is unquestionably an important […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Dealing with an ageing workforce

Richard Grogan on employment law: Dealing with an ageing workforce

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors writes on the challenges of an ageing workforce. It was previously that an individual got to 65 and retired. Currently the State Pension becomes payable at 66. This will rise to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028. There have been calls to increase […]

Blog: CaseCrunch v Lawyers NOT Deep Blue v Kasparov

Blog: CaseCrunch v Lawyers NOT Deep Blue v Kasparov

Scottish solicitor Brian Inkster, who recently presented at the 2017 Practice Transformation Summit in Cork, writes on a legal battle between lawyers and AI. CaseCrunch is a legal AI startup founded by Cambridge law students. On Friday, they claimed to have made history in the legal profession. In the past week, they held what they […]

The robots are coming, but don’t panic: The AI legal revolution explained

The robots are coming, but don’t panic: The AI legal revolution explained

Irish Legal News reporter Kevin Burns meets former lawyer Noah Waisberg, co-founder and CEO of Canadian legal tech company Kira Systems, who is in Dublin to meet Irish clients and spread the word that Artificial Intelligence is an opportunity and not a threat – that it should be embraced and not dreaded. Welcome to Ireland! […]