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Civil liberties group calls for lift of electoral laws ‘chilling’ rights groups

Civil liberties group calls for lift of electoral laws ‘chilling’ rights groups

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has called on the Government to lift strict electoral laws that are having a “chilling effect” on human rights organisations. It said it shares concerns raised by Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel, over the application by the the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPOC) of the Electoral […]

Landmark bill will strengthen regulation of precarious work

Landmark bill will strengthen regulation of precarious work

Landmark legislation to strengthen the regulation of precarious work has been published. The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 includes provisions which prohibit zero hour contracts in most circumstances. Employment Minister Regina Doherty said: “This is a very important piece of legislation. The key objective of the Bill is to improve the security and predictability of […]

Flanagan: Encryption laws need to ‘balance privacy and free use of online space’

Flanagan: Encryption laws need to ‘balance privacy and free use of online space’

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said there needs to be a balance between the right of individuals to use encryption to protect their online privacy and the needs of law enforcement. Mr Flanagan was speaking after a meeting in Brussels with justice and home affairs secretaries from other EU member states. The discussion focussed on […]

Madden & Finucane plans emergency judicial review after client’s license revoked within 72 hours

Madden & Finucane plans emergency judicial review after client’s license revoked within 72 hours

Madden & Finucane Solicitors has said it plans to make an emergency application for judicial review after a client had his license revoked within 72 hours of his release from Maghaberry. Solicitor Ciarán Shiels is representing Neil Hegarty, who was released from prison along with two others on Tuesday morning after serving five years of […]

Council of Europe accepts UK’s prisoner vote offer

Council of Europe accepts UK’s prisoner vote offer

Around 100 prisoners will be given the right to vote after the UK’s offer to extend the franchise was accepted by the Council of Europe this week. Under the deal, created by Justice Secretary, David Lidington, prisoners at home under curfew and those on temporary release will be able to vote. The dispute between Britain […]

England: Medical student spared jail after stabbing boyfriend to appeal suspended sentence

England: Medical student spared jail after stabbing boyfriend to appeal suspended sentence

A medical student who was spared a prison sentence after stabbing her boyfriend because of her “extraordinary talent” is appealing her suspended sentence. Aspiring surgeon Lavinia Woodward, a 24-year-old student at Oxford University, was handed a 10-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months at Oxford Crown Court in September. Ms Woodward admitted punching and attacking […]

O’Flynn Exhams hosts seminar on examinership

O’Flynn Exhams hosts seminar on examinership

O’Flynn Exhams Solicitors recently hosted a seminar on examinership for SMEs in conjunction with Deloitte Ireland. Conor Lupton, partner at O’Flynn Exhams, and Andrew Byrne, director at Deloitte Ireland, were among speakers at the Cork event. They outlined what examinership entails, the warning signs for companies, and the benefits of examinership for SMEs.

McKinty and Wright welcome three new partners

McKinty and Wright welcome three new partners

Belfast-based McKinty and Wright has welcomed Gary Patterson, Aisling Mellona and Kevin O’Hagan to the partnership. Mr Patterson joins the partnership from the firm’s property and commercial department. A skilled property lawyer, his work includes the negotiation of commercial leases, sales and acquisitions, corporate restructures and building developments. He is a registered Trust and Estate […]

Senior lawyers warn Brexit Britain on the road to ‘borders and broken agreements’

Senior lawyers warn Brexit Britain on the road to ‘borders and broken agreements’

Borders and broken agreements lie ahead if the UK government stays its course on Brexit, according to speakers at the Hibernian Law Journal’s Checkpoint Cathal lecture in Dublin. The lecture in the Law Society’s buildings on Blackhall Place heard from Senator Michael McDowell SC, member of the Seanad Brexit Committee; Professor Colin Harvey of Queen’s […]

Brexit worries over Irish solicitors’ ability to practise in England

Brexit worries over Irish solicitors’ ability to practise in England

The Law Society of Ireland has warned of anxiety among its members that Brexit will affect their ability to practise in England and Wales. Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society, told the Irish Independent that an EU directive providing for mutual recognition of qualifications in both common law jurisdictions has underpinned many solicitors’ […]