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Features in the legal profession in Ireland:

Blog: 2017 in the Commercial Court — a busy year

Blog: 2017 in the Commercial Court — a busy year

Seán Barton, head of the dispute resolution and litigation group at McCann FitzGerald, looks at last year in the Commercial Court. 2017 was a particularly busy year for Ireland’s Commercial Court. Our research indicates that 216 new cases were admitted to the High Court Commercial List in 2017. This is a significant increase from the […]

NI Blog: Courts grapple with the ‘right to be forgotten’

NI Blog: Courts grapple with the ‘right to be forgotten’

Fergal McGoldrick, solicitor in the media and defamation team at Carson McDowell, writes on the “right to be forgotten”. Weeks out from the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, article 17 of which places an amended version of the “right to be forgotten” (known as the “right to erasure”) on an EU wide statutory […]

Blog: Personal insolvency is the best way forward

Blog: Personal insolvency is the best way forward

Cork solicitor Alan McGee writes on a number of existing schemes designed to solve the issue of distressed debt. The recent controversy over the impending sale of non-performing loans by PTSB, AIB and Ulster Bank has once again raised public awareness of dealing with distressed debt. The PTSB proposed sale has generated much debate. The […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Employee absences due to weather conditions

Richard Grogan on employment law: Employee absences due to weather conditions

In a timely blog, employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on employee absences due to weather conditions, transport strikes or major incidents affecting travel or public safety. As a specialist employment law firm, we have recently been asked, due to unusual weather over the last few months, as to what […]

Blog: Yet another case of cancer misdiagnosis

Blog: Yet another case of cancer misdiagnosis

Karen Kearney, partner and medical negligence solicitor at Cantillons Solicitors in Cork, writes on the latest case of cancer misdiagnosis. The latest cancer misdiagnosis case involving the inspirational Alison McCormack made for very sad viewing on the RTÉ Prime Time Investigates programme last week. For those of you who might have missed it, Alison was […]

NI Blog: Primark employee awarded £47k in gender reassignment discrimination claim

NI Blog: Primark employee awarded £47k in gender reassignment discrimination claim

Katie Buchanan, solicitor in the employment team at Worthingtons Solicitors, writes on a recent Employment Tribunal ruling. An Employment Tribunal has awarded a former Primark employee £47,433.03 after finding that she was subjected to harassment and direct discrimination related to her gender reassignment. This award comprised £25,000 injury to feelings as a result of the […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Will lack of representation at unfair dismissal be finally resolved?

Richard Grogan on employment law: Will lack of representation at unfair dismissal be finally resolved?

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on the issue of lack of representation in unfair dismissal cases. The issue of an employee not having representation at disciplinary hearings is now coming to the fore in decisions from Adjudication Officers. This is clearly evident from the case of ADJ-6562. In disciplinary […]

Blog: TUPE and Brexit — a de facto deterioration in working terms and conditions?

Blog: TUPE and Brexit — a de facto deterioration in working terms and conditions?

Barry Crushell, director and legal counsel at Aperture Partners, writes on a recent case concerning employment rights and Brexit. Aperture recently represented a number of employees whose company had been acquired by a UK entity, that proposed transferring those employees from Dublin to Belfast. A number of objections were made by the employees (all of […]

NI Blog: It’ll all come out in the wash

NI Blog: It’ll all come out in the wash

Patricia Rooney, director at Belfast-based Tughans, writes on a significant UK Supreme Court trial whose outcome will have a major impact on employers and employees. Those of us who have had an urgent need for a plumber don’t much care whether the person who deals with the emergency call out is employed by a national […]

Blog: Official Ireland remains in denial about its child abuse legacy

Blog: Official Ireland remains in denial about its child abuse legacy

Dr Conor O’Mahony, deputy director of the Child Law Clinic at UCC, writes on Ireland’s continuing failure to protect vulnerable children. 2017 was another bad year in Ireland’s long history of failing to protect vulnerable children. The “Grace” case involved a young woman with intellectual disabilities who was left in the care of a foster […]