Ireland

Ireland’s top seven law firms earned €720m last year

Ireland’s top seven law firms earned €720m last year

Ireland’s top seven law firms earned €720.2 million last year, almost a third of the €2.3 billion total earned across the legal profession, according to a new report by The Lawyer. The revenue figures in the European 100 report suggests the “Big Seven” are in rude financial health, despite uncertainty created by the Brexit vote […]

Government rejects bill offering ‘medically induced suicide’ verdict to coroners

Government rejects bill offering ‘medically induced suicide’ verdict to coroners

The Government has said it will oppose a private member’s bill allowing coroners to return a verdict of “medically induced suicide”, where the suicide is attributed to medication taken by the deceased. Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn’s Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2016, to be debated at the second stage today, would allow for a coroner to return […]

Judicial appointments bill moves to committee stage

Judicial appointments bill moves to committee stage

The Government’s controversial Judicial Appointments Bill has moved on to the committee stage today, with over 190 amendments set to be considered. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan told TDs: “The Government is not proposing any amendments at this stage. As minister, I will not be agreeing to any amendments which cut across the basic tenets of […]

Co Mayo solicitors discuss community issues, mortgages and cybersecurity

Co Mayo solicitors discuss community issues, mortgages and cybersecurity

Over 130 local solicitors gathered in Castlebar, Co Mayo at a conference late last week to discuss regional community issues, cybersecurity and managing the affairs of distressed mortgage holders. It saw largely Mayo-based solicitors learn about the latest trends and changes across the legal landscape, with a strong focus on information that is relevant to […]

Limerick courts complex to be delayed to next year

Limerick courts complex to be delayed to next year

The opening of the new Limerick Criminal Courts Complex has been delayed until next year, the Limerick Leader reports. The multi-million euro building, with six courtrooms, custody areas and offices, was originally intended to be completed by the end of October. However, a spokesperson for the Courts Service of Ireland said it is now expected […]

Court of Appeal rejects argument based on ‘Cooper test’

Court of Appeal rejects argument based on ‘Cooper test’

The Court of Appeal has said it “cannot and will not interfere” with the verdict of a jury finding a man guilty of raping and sexually assaulting his former partners’ daughters. The 46-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the victims’ identities, was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury of raping and […]

State says there is no right to an environment in Irish Constitution

State says there is no right to an environment in Irish Constitution

Lawyers for the State have told the High Court that there is no “unenumerated right to an environment” contained in the Irish Constitution. The State was responding to claims contained in an environmental group’s challenge against a decision to extend the length of planning permission granted to the DAA (formerly Dublin Airport Authority) to construct […]

Matheson launches volunteer programming club for young people

Matheson launches volunteer programming club for young people

Matheson has launched a new volunteer programming club for young people in collaboration with CoderDojo. The new Matheson CoderDojo is one of a number of initiatives born out of Smart@Matheson, the firm’s dedicated annual tech and innovation programme. CoderDojo, established in Ireland in 2011 by James Whelton and Bill Liao, is a global network of […]

ByrneWallace sponsors 32nd annual venture capitalists’ dinner

ByrneWallace sponsors 32nd annual venture capitalists’ dinner

Feargal Brennan, head of corporate at ByrneWallace, recently addressed hundreds of delegates at the 32nd annual Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA) dinner, sponsored by ByrneWallace. The event, a highlight of the Irish venture capitalist’s calendar, was attended by a record-breaking 420 guests this year. Other speakers at the event included IVCA chairman Peter Sandys and […]

Mediators’ Institute in ‘celebratory mode’ as 25th anniversary coincides with Mediation Act

Mediators’ Institute in ‘celebratory mode’ as 25th anniversary coincides with Mediation Act

The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) celebrated its 25th anniversary and the passing of the Mediation Act at its 2017 AGM. Sabine Walsh, president of the MII (pictured), addressed over 170 delegates at the annual event in the Radisson Blu hotel in Athlone. Ms Walsh said: “The signing of the Mediation Bill by President Higgins […]