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Features in the legal profession in Ireland:

Blog: The critical balance — protecting your name vs free expression

Blog: The critical balance — protecting your name vs free expression

Andrea Martin, partner at MediaLawyer Solicitors in Dublin, writes on the critical balance that underpins our defamation laws. As a society, we need to ask if we have yet found the right balance between freedom of expression and the protection of individual reputation. Let’s take our 1937 Constitution as a starting point. Article 40.6.1 of […]

Blog: Remaining provisions of Children First Act 2015 coming into effect

Blog: Remaining provisions of Children First Act 2015 coming into effect

Partner Diego Gallagher and solicitor Orla Crowe from ByrneWallace’s health services team examine forthcoming the Children First Act 2015. The Children First Act 2015, which was signed into law on 19 November 2015, forms a core part of the current child protection legislation in Ireland. To date however, many of the provisions have not yet […]

Blog: A balanced approach to the legalities surrounding ‘gag’ clauses is needed

Blog: A balanced approach to the legalities surrounding ‘gag’ clauses is needed

Stephen Holst, partner at McCann FitzGerald, writes on the complex issue of “gag” clauses. The use of confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses, sometimes called ‘gag’ clauses, in employment settlement agreements has been the source of criticism in light of recent revelations regarding the covering up of alleged wrongdoings by public figures. There is unquestionably an important […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Dealing with an ageing workforce

Richard Grogan on employment law: Dealing with an ageing workforce

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors writes on the challenges of an ageing workforce. It was previously that an individual got to 65 and retired. Currently the State Pension becomes payable at 66. This will rise to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028. There have been calls to increase […]

Blog: CaseCrunch v Lawyers NOT Deep Blue v Kasparov

Blog: CaseCrunch v Lawyers NOT Deep Blue v Kasparov

Scottish solicitor Brian Inkster, who recently presented at the 2017 Practice Transformation Summit in Cork, writes on a legal battle between lawyers and AI. CaseCrunch is a legal AI startup founded by Cambridge law students. On Friday, they claimed to have made history in the legal profession. In the past week, they held what they […]

The robots are coming, but don’t panic: The AI legal revolution explained

The robots are coming, but don’t panic: The AI legal revolution explained

Irish Legal News reporter Kevin Burns meets former lawyer Noah Waisberg, co-founder and CEO of Canadian legal tech company Kira Systems, who is in Dublin to meet Irish clients and spread the word that Artificial Intelligence is an opportunity and not a threat – that it should be embraced and not dreaded. Welcome to Ireland! […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Agency workers

Richard Grogan on employment law: Agency workers

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors writes on suing the right party. Case ADJ303 is a timely reminder of the importance of suing the right party. In this case, the employee was employed by an agency. The employee contended that they had been dismissed. The employee did not bring the […]

A continuing role for juries

A continuing role for juries

Kevin Burns of Irish Legal News meets Niamh Howlin, a senior lecturer in UCD Sutherland School of Law, to discuss her recently published work – Juries in Ireland: Laypersons and Law in the Long Nineteenth Century – and learn how Ireland was distinguished among common law jurisdictions for its prolific use of juries in almost all aspects […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Redundancy where a WRC decision is unenforceable

Richard Grogan on employment law: Redundancy where a WRC decision is unenforceable

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors writes on an unusual redundancy case. In case ADJ8826 the Adjudication Officer had to deal with a situation where a company had ceased trading. The Adjudication Officer in this case held that the employee had not resigned. The Adjudication Officer held that the employee […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Time limits for bringing claims

Richard Grogan on employment law: Time limits for bringing claims

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors writes on applicable time limits for bringing claims to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). In Case ADJ7212 the Adjudication Officer had to deal with a claim under the Payment of Wages Act. The case was dismissed because it was well outside the six-month period. […]