Appointments

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Beauchamps has appointed John Gaffney as a partner in the firm's EU and competition team and as head of its sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) team. Mr Gaffney was previously a partner in the EU, competition and regulatory team of a major Dublin law firm, where he represen

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International law firm Bird & Bird has appointed Michael Finn as its new head of country in Ireland. Mr Finn, who will implement the firm's new five-year strategy, took up the role at the start of the month from partners Roger Bickerstaff and Sally Shorthose, who initially led the Ireland office

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Insurance law specialist Keoghs has announced a major expansion in Northern Ireland with 21 new appointments and promotions, including two new partners, six associates and a further six solicitors.

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Mason Hayes & Curran has promoted Angela Freeman, Fiona McNulty, Kim Bowen and Stephen Cowhey to partner. Ms Freeman, newly-appointed corporate partner, specialises in the technology and life sciences sectors. Experienced in complex domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, she al

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Taylor Wessing Ireland has appointed pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent litigation specialist Eoin Martyn as a partner in its patents and innovation team. Mr Martyn, who joins from a major Irish law firm, is admitted to practise as a solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales and Queensland, Austr

Northern Ireland

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Queen's University Belfast and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) are today hosting an event aimed at supporting law tech innovation in Northern Ireland. Taking place at Riddel Hall, the Venture Day is a competition for start-ups revolutionising the legal technology landscape. The competition will see st

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A sales advisor has settled his disability discrimination case against his former employer, Telefonica Ltd, for £160,000 with support from the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Eamon Bowen worked in an O2 store for a number of years. In 2014, he was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis, a

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The UK government has announced the expansion of its controversial Rwanda scheme to include failed asylum seekers. Those with no right to be in the UK, who have had an earlier protection or human rights claim refused or withdrawn and are unable to appeal their decision, can now expect to be removed

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is to produce a report on the extent of its surveillance of legal professionals and journalists by June. Belfast lawyer Niall Murphy, partner at KRW LAW LLP, has accused the force of acting like "East German secret police in the early 1980s" following re

Universities

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Jude Pierse, a second-year student of law and political science at Trinity College Dublin, has been named as winner of the 2023 Matheson Cara Scholarship. The annual scholarship is named in honour of late Matheson partner Cara O'Hagan and delivered as part of Matheson's impactful business programme.

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Undergraduate students Esther Ozonyia from Maynooth University, Johana Hajduchová and Ainsley Hamilton from Trinity College Dublin, and Anastasiia Ukhlova from University College Dublin have won the Matheson University Challenge 2024.

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Dr Mariza Avgeri, a graduate of Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology's PhD programme, has been named joint winner of the prestigious European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) award for the best doctoral thesis on European law for 2023. The ELFA thesis award "seeks to stimulate and recog

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Joanna Robinson is used to long and demanding journeys. The partner at Pinsent Masons in Belfast is already preparing for the Chicago Marathon in October, having completed her first such event in Dublin last year. On the promise, she rather ruefully recalls that it was going to be a very flat route

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As mergers, acquisitions and strategic representation arrangements have altered the Irish legal scene, the Big Four accountants haven’t been slow to see the opportunity to transform themselves from audit firms to multidisciplinary professional services operations. Having made their first foray

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The cost-of-living crisis, a protracted war in Ukraine and a vicious conflict in the Middle East are among the emergencies that have meant a stressful year for many of us. Some upcoming respite over the Christmas and New Year break will be welcome. Sadly, though, that won’t be the case for eve

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Time is something of a scarce commodity for solicitor Susan Martin. Like the principal of any independent law firm, she has been dealing with the inescapable practicalities of life that kick in at this time of year — a list of demands that were somewhat reduced when she recently completed her