Ireland

A&L Goodbody launches sixth year of Bold Ideas student contest

A&L Goodbody launches sixth year of Bold Ideas student contest

A&L Goodbody has invited university students of all disciplines to compete for its Bold Ideas Student Innovation Award in its sixth year. With data protection and privacy looming large for Irish businesses ahead of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) next year, the firm is seeking ‘Bold Ideas’ to encourage companies to […]

Ronan Daly Jermyn launches online resource for entrepreneurs

Ronan Daly Jermyn launches online resource for entrepreneurs

Ronan Daly Jermyn has launched a free online resource to help entrepreneurs navigate many of the legal and organisational challenges faced today by start-ups and scaling companies. The RDJ Startups site, which includes access to standard legal documents, as well as helpful startup tools and legal insights, provides access to resources many startups are not […]

Simmons & Simmons to expand into Dublin following Brexit vote

Simmons & Simmons to expand into Dublin following Brexit vote

UK firm Simmons & Simmons has appointed Fionán Breathnach, a former partner at Mason Hayes & Curran (MHC), to head up a new Dublin office in response to Brexit. According to the Law Society Gazette in England and Wales, the new office will focus on asset management clients and investment funds clients, particularly fund formation […]

McCann FitzGerald and Matheson take home innovative lawyer awards

McCann FitzGerald and Matheson take home innovative lawyer awards

Irish firms McCann FitzGerald and Matheson were among the big winners at the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards 2017 in London. McCann FitzGerald was the only Irish firm to win a Standout award for its work with innovative medical devices and solutions provider, DePuy International Limited, to develop an alternative dispute resolution process to free up […]

Penal reform group to present research on community service

Penal reform group to present research on community service

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), in association with the Irish Criminal Bar Association, has announced plans to hold a seminar and launch a major research study on the operation of community service as an alternative to custodial sanctions in Ireland. Examining the comparative use, experience, and outcomes of community service orders as alternatives to […]

Prominent barristers share lessons from 1983 to pro-choice campaigners

Prominent barristers share lessons from 1983 to pro-choice campaigners

Prominent barristers who campaigned against the Eighth Amendment in the 1983 referendum have shared “key lessons” to those favouring its repeal. Barristers Peter Ward SC and Catherine Forde spoke at a round-table discussion hosted by the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, marking the amendment’s 34th anniversary. Mr Ward, who is also chairperson of legal rights […]

Flanagan: Asylum seekers will ‘soon have access to labour market’

Flanagan: Asylum seekers will ‘soon have access to labour market’

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has confirmed that asylum seekers in Ireland will “soon have access to the labour market” in line with the recent Supreme Court ruling. Speaking to the Seanad last night, Mr Flanagan said: “Adults who will soon have access to the labour market will also see their capacity for economic independence enhanced […]

Law Society: Mediation can save businesses time and money

Law Society: Mediation can save businesses time and money

Irish businesses can save time, money and help to unclog the court system by using mediation as an alternative approach to dispute resolution, the Law Society of Ireland has said. Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society, said mediation is “easily the preferred first step in commercial dispute resolution – and can offer numerous […]

State to face claims from motorists wrongly jailed in fixed charge notice scandal

State to face claims from motorists wrongly jailed in fixed charge notice scandal

The State may face claims from motorists who were wrongly jailed after being caught up in the fixed charge notice (FCN) scandal, The Irish Times reports. Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn told the Oireachtas justice committee yesterday that as many as 119 solicitor firms have already contacted An Garda Síochána in relation to adverse consequences for […]

Second of three challenges against proposed second runway at Dublin Airport opens

Second of three challenges against proposed second runway at Dublin Airport opens

Concerns expressed by local residents when Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) sought permission to extend planning for a new €320 million runway at Dublin Airport were not considered by the relevant planning authority, the High Court has heard. Jerry Healy SC, acting for a group of North Dublin residents challenging Fingal Council’s decision to extend by […]