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England: ‘Pedantic drafting’ of sex offences law prompts legislation on sports coaches

England: ‘Pedantic drafting’ of sex offences law prompts legislation on sports coaches

Legislation to criminalise sex between sports coaches and under-18s in their care is only necessary because of the “pedantic drafting” of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, an expert has said. The UK government yesterday announced plans for new legislation in the wake of high-profile abuse and welfare scandals across British sports. However, Professor Clare McGlynn […]

ByrneWallace appoints new head of construction

ByrneWallace appoints new head of construction

ByrneWallace has announced the appointment of Martin Cooney as partner and head of the firm’s construction law practice. Mr Cooney has over 10 years’ experience advising on all aspects of construction law, both contentious and non-contentious. He is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, having represented employers, consultants and contractors in mediations, conciliations, adjudications, […]

Irish Government must ‘stand steadfast’ in defence of human rights in Brexit talks

Irish Government must ‘stand steadfast’ in defence of human rights in Brexit talks

The Irish Government must stand “steadfast in its commitment to the protection of human rights in Northern Ireland and across the whole island” at this stage of the Brexit talks, leading human rights experts have said. The call was made in a letter, published by The Irish Times, signed by solicitor Michael Farrell, QUB law […]

Dáil begins second stage debate on major anti-corruption bill

Dáil begins second stage debate on major anti-corruption bill

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan introduced major new anti-corruption legislation to the Dáil for second stage debate last night. The Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill 2017 is a key component of the Government’s comprehensive package of measures to tackle white collar crime, published earlier this month. The new bill will repeal and replace seven previous Prevention […]

Drugs raid on Ballymena court ends in no arrests

Drugs raid on Ballymena court ends in no arrests

Police raided Ballymena Magistrates Court for drugs yesterday, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Proceedings were stopped for half an hour to allow specialist drug detection dogs to inspect defendants after concerns about drugs being brought into the court. Dogs indicated on six people who were searched in a private room, but no drugs were found and […]

First Brexit bill under scrutiny confers ‘inappropriately broad powers’ on ministers

First Brexit bill under scrutiny confers ‘inappropriately broad powers’ on ministers

The House of Lords Constitution Committee has today warned that the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, the first Brexit bill to be scrutinised by the House of Lords, contains inappropriately broad powers for ministers. The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill is intended to provide a new, long-term legal basis for ministers to make secondary legislation […]

Former SS officers charged with complicity in murders at Stutthof concentration camp

Former SS officers charged with complicity in murders at Stutthof concentration camp

Two former SS officers in their 90s have been charged by German prosecutors with complicity in hundreds of murders at the Stutthof concentration camp. Officials in Dortmund said the two unnamed suspects, aged 92, and 93, had been involved in Nazi operations in occupied Poland. “With their actions during their time as guards at the […]

Herbert Smith Freehills to join charity swimming fundraiser

Herbert Smith Freehills to join charity swimming fundraiser

Staff at the Belfast office of Herbert Smith Freehills are set to join business leaders, politicians and royalty later this month at a unique fundraising event in aid of Hope For Youth NI. Shane Boylan and Peter Cunningham will represent the international law firm at the Speedo Charity Swim Gala Dinner next Thursday, where swimmers […]

Speeding police officers being referred for prosecution

Speeding police officers being referred for prosecution

Police officers are being referred for prosecution for speeding, despite legal protection for speeding while at work, the Belfast Telegraph reports. In at least two cases, the officers involved opted to fight their cases in court and were acquitted. Solicitor Michael May, retained by the Police Federation to represent the officers, said: “Any police officer […]

Bill to allow periodic payments for catastrophic injury approved

Bill to allow periodic payments for catastrophic injury approved

Legislation allowing courts to award periodic payments in cases of catastrophic injury has been approved at all stages in the Oireachtas. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said the Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill 2017 is “an extremely important new piece of legislation that will give much needed financial security to persons who have been catastrophically injured and […]