Features

Features in the legal profession in Ireland:

Richard Grogan on employment law: Holiday pay nightmare for employers of ‘self-employed contractors’

Richard Grogan on employment law: Holiday pay nightmare for employers of ‘self-employed contractors’

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on an important European court judgment concerning holiday pay for self-employed contractors. Case C-214/16, being a case of Conley King and the Sash Window Workshop Limited, is a decision of the European Court of Justice. If any case has created uproar in the employment […]

NI Blog: The collapse of Carillion

NI Blog: The collapse of Carillion

Sam Corbett, associate in the corporate restructuring and insolvency team at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, writes on the collapse of Carillion. Yesterday morning, we woke to the news that many of us perhaps didn’t expect – Carillion had entered into liquidation placing jobs, other reliant firms, pensions and government contracts all at risk. Carillion was […]

NI Blog: Compensation paid to Belfast recruitment executive called ‘gypo’ and ‘pikey’

NI Blog: Compensation paid to Belfast recruitment executive called ‘gypo’ and ‘pikey’

Toni Fitzgerald Gunn, employment law solicitor at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, writes on a recent employment tribunal decision. In the recent decision of Edward Bell v Cordant People Limited & Ors [2017], Mr Bell, an executive from Belfast with an Irish Traveller background, was awarded over £280,000 after an employment tribunal in Manchester upheld his […]

NI Blog: PSNI body cams – a new era of victimless prosecutions?

NI Blog: PSNI body cams – a new era of victimless prosecutions?

Charlene Dempsey, associate solicitor at Higgins Hollywood Deazley Solicitors in Belfast, writes on a recent court decision concerning a prosecution based on police body camera footage in which no statement of complaint was ever filed. In November 2016 the PSNI spent £700,000 on Police Body Worn Cameras – the third highest outlay of all UK […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Annual leave and public holidays

Richard Grogan on employment law: Annual leave and public holidays

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors examines a Labour Court case concerning annual leave and public holidays. The case of Meades Bar Limited, trading as Victoria Café, and Layala Smalli DWT1727 is a case where the employee appealed the decision of the Adjudication Officer and a compensation of six days’ […]

NI Blog: The BBC’s unlawful drama show

NI Blog: The BBC’s unlawful drama show

Niall McMullan, associate partner at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, examines the controversy over equal pay at the BBC. A senior journalist at the BBC has resigned from her post because of the gender pay gap at the Corporation. Carrie Gracie, former BBC China Editor, stepped down from her role last week after accusing the BBC […]

Interview: Oathello founder on leaving the law — to build modern tools for lawyers

Interview: Oathello founder on leaving the law — to build modern tools for lawyers

Irish Legal News correspondent Kevin Burns meets with Jennifer Hourihane, founder and CEO of Oathello, the mobile platform making waves in the Irish legal scene. If Silicon Docks is the headquarters of Ireland’s resident tech giants, then the old storehouses around St James’ Gate have become the hot spot for Ireland’s tech start-ups. Whilst dock […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Proceedings in the Labour Court

Richard Grogan on employment law: Proceedings in the Labour Court

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors writes on the inquisitorial nature of Labour Court proceedings. While there is no written Decision on this, the chairman of the Labour Court recently, in a case in which I was involved, stated to the parties that the procedures before the Labour Court are […]

Richard Grogan on employment law: Protection of Employee (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003

Richard Grogan on employment law: Protection of Employee (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors writes on fixed-term work contracts. In ADJ-6707, the Adjudication Officer had to deal with a case involving a worker and a Government Department. (It is interesting as an aside that Government is seem to be the ones who were forever coming before the WRC […]

England Blog: Why the policy of ‘believe the complainant’ was behind the failure of disclosure in the case of Liam Allan

England Blog: Why the policy of ‘believe the complainant’ was behind the failure of disclosure in the case of Liam Allan

Mark George QC, a barrister at and the head of Garden Court North Chambers, offers his point of view on the case of Liam Allan. It’s easy sometimes to think that arguments about whether the police should believe a complainant (they are not a victim just because they make a complaint) without reservation or whether […]