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Mills Selig to partner with Manufacturing NI

Mills Selig to partner with Manufacturing NI

Mills Selig will provide specialist legal advice to some of Northern Ireland’s top manufacturing firms as part of a new partnership. Adrian Kerr, director at the Belfast-based firm, said Mills Selig has agreed to become Manufacturing NI’s “official legal partner”. Manufacturing NI works with member companies, workforce representatives, policymakers and regulators to challenge and encourage […]

Pinsent Masons advises on US acquisition of Dundalk FC

Pinsent Masons advises on US acquisition of Dundalk FC

Pinsent Masons has advised on the acquisition of League of Ireland football club Dundalk FC by a US-based consortium. The firm not only advised on all aspects of transaction but played a key role in bringing the lead consortium stakeholders together. The firm’s team was led by Trevor Watkins, global head of sport; Dennis Agnew, […]

Penal reform group to launch major report on solitary confinement

Penal reform group to launch major report on solitary confinement

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) will launch a major report on the use of solitary confinement in Irish prisons next month. The Solitary Confinement in Prisons in Ireland report will be launched at an event in Dublin on the morning of Friday 2 February. Professor Juan Méndez, former UN special rapporteur on torture, will […]

Amnesty welcomes EU report highlighting ‘chilling effect’ concerns over Irish electoral law

Amnesty welcomes EU report highlighting ‘chilling effect’ concerns over Irish electoral law

Amnesty International has welcomed an EU report highlighting concerns that the overly broad application of Ireland’s electoral laws is having a chilling effect on human rights organisations. Amnesty is among a number of non-governmental organisations, including the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, who believe their work is being undermined by a stricter application of the […]

Michéal Martin: ‘Likely’ that Constitution will have to explicitly assert right to legislate on abortion

Michéal Martin: ‘Likely’ that Constitution will have to explicitly assert right to legislate on abortion

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has said he feels it is “likely” that the right of the Oireachtas to legislate on abortion will need to be explicitly inserted into the Constitution if the Eighth Amendment is repealed. In a dramatic intervention yesterday, Mr Martin (pictured) revealed that he backed repeal and the Oireachtas committee on […]

Majority of UK and US firms ‘vulnerable to cyberattacks’

Majority of UK and US firms ‘vulnerable to cyberattacks’

A majority of major UK and US law firms are vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to a recent survey by cybersecurity experts. Researchers who surveyed 50 of the biggest firms across the two countries found most firms store data and document servers on premises, making them more vulnerable. They also found that 90 per cent have […]

England: DPP suggests checking photos not ‘obvious line of enquiry’ in rape cases

England: DPP suggests checking photos not ‘obvious line of enquiry’ in rape cases

The head of the Crown Prosecution Service has suggested photographs and social media accounts do not need to be fully checked in rape cases. Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, said no one has been jailed after being wrongly convicted because of failures to disclose key pieces of evidence. Her comments come after Scotland Yard […]

Lords Liaison Committee launches review of committees

Lords Liaison Committee launches review of committees

The House of Lords Liaison Committee has launched a review of House of Lords investigative and scrutiny committees. This will be a full and wide-ranging review of the structure of investigative committees, the first in the House of Lords for 25 years. Such committees provide a forum for the House’s expert members to look in […]

US: Workers to ‘lose $5.8 billion in tips’ under new employment regulations

US: Workers to ‘lose $5.8 billion in tips’ under new employment regulations

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a rule change which would allow employers to pocket their employees’ tips if they are being paid more than minimum wage. At present, long-standing tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) prohibit employers from taking tips. A consultation on the proposed change was due to […]

Barrister pay dispute delays trial before Special Criminal Court

Barrister pay dispute delays trial before Special Criminal Court

A pay dispute among barristers delayed the opening of a trial before the Special Criminal Court today, as defence lawyers complained that they are paid less than their counterparts working for the Director of Public Prosecutions. At the beginning of what will be a lengthy trial, senior counsels Padraig Dwyer, Paul Greene, Hugh Hartnett and […]