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Barristers welcome Friday’s Brexit agreement

Barristers welcome Friday’s Brexit agreement

The chiefs of The Bar of Ireland and The Bar of Northern Ireland have welcomed Friday’s Brexit agreement between the UK and EU. In a statement, chairpersons Paul McGarry SC and Liam McCollum QC said they welcomed “the recognition and protection afforded to the relevant key legal provisions”. The statement continued: “Both The Bar of Northern […]

Tributes paid to Mr Justice Gilligan on last day as chancery judge

Tributes paid to Mr Justice Gilligan on last day as chancery judge

Tributes have been paid to Mr Justice Paul Gilligan on his final day as the judge in charge of the High Court’s busy chancery division. The judge, who was appointed to the bench 15 years ago, moves to the Court of Appeal. Leading the comments, Mark Connaughton SC said the judge had always shown great […]

Traveller ethnicity recognition statement has ‘no legal effect’

Traveller ethnicity recognition statement has ‘no legal effect’

A statement in the Dáil in which former Taoiseach Enda Kenny recognised Traveller ethnicity has no legal effect, a High Court judge has said. Mr Justice Robert Eager made the remarks in a case concerning a homeless Traveller family appealing to Clare County Coucil for housing after their previous home burned down. They wanted to […]

Victims’ rights campaigners highlight case of victim told ‘not to cry’ in court

Victims’ rights campaigners highlight case of victim told ‘not to cry’ in court

Victims’ rights campaigners have highlighted the ordeal of a child sex abuse survivor instructed not to cry in court, the Irish Examiner reports. Maria McDonald BL, co-founder of the Victims’ Rights Alliance, told the Irish Observatory on Violence against Women on Friday that the cross-examination in the case was “brutal”. Ms McDonald said: “I’ve been involved […]

Fugitive ex-solicitor Michael Lynn to be extradited

Fugitive ex-solicitor Michael Lynn to be extradited

Fugitive ex-solicitor Michael Lynn could be extradited from Brazil within weeks after exhausting his appeals, the Irish Independent reports. Mr Lynn faces 33 charges in the High Court in Dublin relating to an alleged €80 million mortgage fraud. He fled to Brazil in 2007 and was arrested in 2013 by Brazil’s Federal Police, acting on behalf of Interpol. Brazil’s Foreign Ministry is now negotiating […]

Human rights commission to launch own Grenfell inquiry

Human rights commission to launch own Grenfell inquiry

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a new project to examine the human rights and equality dimensions of the Grenfell Tower fire after its application to participate in the official inquiry was declined. The commission’s Following Grenfell project will attempt to determine if the State is fulfilling its duties under human rights and equality law, but will […]

US: Bodycam footage reveals man begging for life as police shoot him dead

US: Bodycam footage reveals man begging for life as police shoot him dead

A judge has ordered the release of a video showing a police officer, who was acquitted by a jury of murder and manslaughter, shooting and killing a man as he crawls towards him begging for his life. Officer Philip Brailsford killed Daniel Shaver, 26, in a hotel hallway early last year in Mesa, Arizona. Bodycam footage, which was […]

Poland: Rule of law under threat as government encroaches on judiciary

Poland: Rule of law under threat as government encroaches on judiciary

Government proposals giving the country’s ruling party control of judicial appointments and the Supreme Court have been approved by the Parliament of Poland. The government said the plans are necessary to break the grip of the ”privileged caste” of lawyers. However, a coalition of various groups has warned Poland will “definitively cease to be a democratic state of […]

Lawyers share ‘grave concerns’ over personal injury report recommendations

Lawyers share ‘grave concerns’ over personal injury report recommendations

Lawyers specialising in personal injury cases have voiced “grave concern” over the Personal Injuries Commission’s first recommendations to the Government. A report presented to Cabinet yesterday recommends a standardised approach to the diagnosis, treatment and reporting of soft tissue injuries, the Irish Independent reports. The commission, chaired by Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, also recommends that […]

Allen & Overy appoints 20 new graduates in Belfast

Allen & Overy appoints 20 new graduates in Belfast

Allen & Overy (A&O) has confirmed the appointment of 20 law graduates at its Belfast-based Legal Services Centre (LSC). Over the last six years, A&O has recruited more than 150 law graduates in Northern Ireland and employs more than 500 people locally through the LSC and its Support Services Centre (SSC). The latest intake is […]