Ireland

Supreme Court to consider whether consent is a defence in prosecution for assault causing harm

Supreme Court to consider whether consent is a defence in prosecution for assault causing harm

The Supreme Court is set to consider the issue of consent and its application as a defence in a prosecution for assault causing harm. The court granted an application from Gerard Brown for leave to appeal a judgment from the Court of Appeal, which upheld his conviction in Portlaoise Circuit Criminal Court for assaulting Stephen Cooper […]

Irish motorists continuing to use their mobile phones in spite of fines

Irish motorists continuing to use their mobile phones in spite of fines

Irish motorists are using their mobile phones while driving in spite of tens of thousands of fines and penalty points, The Irish Times reports. The number of fixed-notice penalties issued for driving while using a mobile has remained consistent at around 28,000 cases per year. Figures released by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan this week show […]

HOMS Solicitors trainee wins Law Society litigation prize

HOMS Solicitors trainee wins Law Society litigation prize

HOMS Solicitors has congratulated one of its trainees on winning the Law Society Litigation Prize. Rachel Lafferty achieved the highest mark in litigation on the Law Society of Ireland’s Professional Practice Course Part 1 2016/2017. She has completed training seats in the firm’s Limerick office and is now based in Dublin, where she will complete […]

In pictures: A&L Goodbody welcomes summer interns

In pictures: A&L Goodbody welcomes summer interns

A&L Goodbody has welcomed this year’s final group of summer interns, who will be working in its Dublin office for the next four weeks. The all-island firm welcomes future lawyers to four-week paid internships during June, July, August and September each year.

Shane Ross: Judicial opponents to appointments reform are ‘vested interests’

Shane Ross: Judicial opponents to appointments reform are ‘vested interests’

The Independent TD and Government minister who has led calls for reform of judicial appointments in Ireland has said the hostility of judges to his proposals is understandable. Responding to a letter published by The Irish Times, in which Ireland’s most senior judges criticised the Government’s planned reforms, Shane Ross said: “Vested interests rarely if […]

New practice directions to clarify role of McKenzie friends

New practice directions will be issued by the presidents of the Court of Appeal and High Court to clarify the role of a non-legal person assisting a lay litigant, The Irish Times reports. The new directions, to be introduced from Sunday 1 October, will tighten up rules around so-called “McKenzie friends”. It is hoped the […]

Tenants win compensation after landlord discriminates on housing assistance ground

Tenants win compensation after landlord discriminates on housing assistance ground

Legal rights group FLAC has welcomed a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ruling that three tenants had been discriminated against by their landlord when the landlord refused to facilitate their access to the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP). The Equal Status Acts were expanded from January 2016 to prohibit discrimination in the provision of accommodation based on […]

Oisín Tobin heads up Mason Hayes & Curran in San Francisco

Oisín Tobin heads up Mason Hayes & Curran in San Francisco

Dublin-based firm Mason Hayes & Curran (MHC) has promoted Oisín Tobin from senior associate to technology partner and head of the firm’s newly-opened San Francisco office. Mr Tobin has experience formulating and implementing global privacy and data transfer strategies, advising on the development and rollout of innovative technologies, and acting for businesses facing EU data […]

Obituary: James Osborne

James Osborne, former managing partner of A&L Goodbody, has passed away at the age of 68. Mr Osborne, a well-known lawyer and former chairman of Independent News & Media (INM), died suddenly on Thursday. He is survived by his partner, Patricia Devine, their young daughter, and by Mr Osborne’s two adult children from an earlier […]

Poor box payments increase again after 2015 decline

Poor box payments increase again after 2015 decline

Over €1.5 million was paid into the poor box in Irish courts last year, a 19 per cent increase on the previous year, The Irish Times reports. Hundreds of charities benefited from the €1,553,609 collected in the District Courts in 2016, according to the Courts Service of Ireland. The increase in payments partly reverses the […]