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Dr Laura Cahillane calls for legislative reform to end the practice of directly elevating attorney generals to the bench. Last June, during the report stage of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, the Sinn Féin justice spokesman Martin Kenny put down an amendment to create a cooling-off

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The UK Supreme Court will soon have the opportunity to settle the law relating to the proximity issue of plaintiffs as secondary victims in claims arising from clinical negligence, writes Belfast barrister James Stitt. On 13th January 2022 the Court of Appeal of England and Wales handed down judgeme

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Eoghan O'Sullivan of KOD Lyons considers the circumstances in which players can cross the line on the pitch and end up before the criminal courts. This year's season of GAA games saw some exciting and amazing displays of athleticism from the best that our counties have to offer in both hurling and f

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Hannah Boyd of Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast examines how 'green leases' can be used to tackle the climate crisis. As businesses and corporations explore ways in which they can do their part to tackle the climate crisis, the role of commercial real estate cannot be understated. It’s estimate

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The new legal year is fast approaching and that means a new cohort of devils will begin their careers at the Bar. While acknowledging that everyone will have slightly different experiences in their first year, I have put together some advice for new practitioners based on my own experience of devill

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Bill Holohan SC considers the take-up of mediation by solicitors since landmark legislation was introduced more than four years ago. The Mediation Act 2017 commenced on 1 January 2018. Court rules for the District Court, Circuit Court and the High Court were introduced very shortly thereafter. In Ja

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Ray Lambe, partner at OSM Partners LLP, dismisses the notion that lawyers are opposed to court reform. In a recent editorial, The Irish Times called for reform of the Irish court system and curiously linked the slow pace of reform to “entrenched opposition” within the legal profession.

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Dr Conor McCormick of Queen's University Belfast examines recent developments concerning the office of Attorney General and its equivalents. This month marks the publication of my book on The Constitutional Legitimacy of Law Officers in the United Kingdom, which contains a detailed analysis of the f

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Kevin Bell BL examines the future of the gig economy in Ireland. The significant judgment of the High Court in Karshan v. Revenue Commissioners has been overturned by the Court of Appeal. The ruling has granted companies in the Irish gig economy significant leeway, in that delivery drivers will cont

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None of us expect to be harmed as a patient in healthcare, yet, in Ireland, as many as 1 in 8 patients suffer harm while using using healthcare services. Johan Verbruggen addresses queries he has received about the Patient Safety (Notifiable Patient Safety Incidents) Bill 2019, which is currently be

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Matthew Howse, partner at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, considers the impact of the Electronic Communications Code on landowners in Northern Ireland. Despite significant reforms and changes in 2017, the Electronic Communications Code is set to be amended once more when the Product Security and Te

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