Features

Features in the legal profession in Ireland:

Blog: Two-court solution to ECJ problem a step in the right direction

Blog: Two-court solution to ECJ problem a step in the right direction

Tobias Lock, senior lecturer in European law and co-director of the Europa Institute at Edinburgh Law School, thinks the two-court solution best for regulating UK-EU dealings after Brexit. For an attempt to understand the UK government’s position on the future role of the European Court of Justice, it is probably best to start by explaining […]

NI Blog: Queerying Petition X

NI Blog: Queerying Petition X

Conor McCormick, a PhD Candidate in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast, critiques the decision in the same-sex marriage case known as Petition X. The High Court of Northern Ireland has delivered two related judgments dealing with the issue of same-sex marriage. Three brief critiques of the approach and findings of O’Hara J […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Unfair dismissal and fair procedures

Richard Grogan on employment law: Unfair dismissal and fair procedures

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on an important case involving an unfair dismissal. In Case UDD1735, being Pottle Pig Farm and Panasov, the Labour Court had to deal with a case involving an unfair dismissal. Both the employer and the employee were legally represented by solicitors and counsel. The […]

NI Blog: Not negligent but still liable

NI Blog: Not negligent but still liable

John Dugdale, associate at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, explores a recent decision of the Supreme Court with implications for clients and contractors alike. Following a competitive tender process, MT Højgaard A/S (MTH) was employed by two companies in the E.ON group to design and install the foundation structures of two offshore windfarms in the Solway […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Constructive dismissal

Richard Grogan on employment law: Constructive dismissal

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors reviews constructive dismissal cases where the employee did not exhaust internal grievance processes. The issue of constructive dismissal has been raised by us on a number of occasions. We thought it might be useful to review some recent decisions on this very issue. Reviewing […]

NI Blog: Don’t just shake it off – handling sexual harassment claims in the workplace

NI Blog: Don’t just shake it off – handling sexual harassment claims in the workplace

Tughans employment director Patricia Rooney, and trainee and incoming employment solicitor Jack Balmer, write on harassment at work. This Friday the world’s media spotlight was firmly fixed on US District Judge William Martinez as he presided over an extremely public legal battle between popstar Taylor Swift and the Denver radio presenter Robert Mueller. The dispute […]

NI Blog: Professional Negligence – advice versus information

NI Blog: Professional Negligence – advice versus information

Stuart Nevin, associate at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, comments on a UK Supreme Court judgment clarifying the liability of professional advisors following negligent advice. The judgment concerned a claim brought by a Mr Gabriel against BPE solicitors for negligent advice regarding a loan of £200,000 he made to Mr Little, a developer. The loan related […]

Blog: A suspended sentence is a real punishment

Blog: A suspended sentence is a real punishment

Tom O’Malley BL, a commissioner with the Law Reform Commission and a senior lecturer in law at NUI Galway, writes on suspended sentences. The suspended sentence is highly esteemed by judges and lawyers as a valuable sentencing option. Members of the public are often a little more sceptical. After all, it seems strange that a […]

NI Blog: Are you a Person of Significant Control?

NI Blog: Are you a Person of Significant Control?

Ciara Lagan, corporate partner at Tughans, writes on Northern Ireland’s new “persons with significant control” regime. In April 2016, a new regime was introduced under the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act which requires certain companies to file information about their ownership and management in a persons with significant control (PSC) register. The aim of […]

Blog: Employers will soon have to publish pay equality reports – acting now will diffuse grievances

Blog: Employers will soon have to publish pay equality reports – acting now will diffuse grievances

Ciara McLoughlin, partner in A&L Goodbody’s employment group, writes on the controversy surrounding the publication of BBC salaries earlier this month. This month, the BBC published the salaries of its TV presenters and radio broadcasters earning more than £150,000 (€168,000) a year. Akin to many other industries, the figures revealed a significant pay disparity between […]