The UK Supreme Court (UKSC) and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) will hear all cases and deliver judgments through video conferencing from today. The UKSC and JCPC are adjusting working practices to ensure that the courts can continue to function, whilst taking appropriate steps to com
Ashling Walsh & Michael Quinlan: Examinership – an underutilised option for vulnerable but viable companies
Ronan Daly Jermyn partner Ashling Walsh, solicitor Michael Quinlan and trainee Mark Costello take a look at the examinership process as a potentially important restructuring tool for companies in Ireland weathering the current COVID-19 storm. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the introduction
Irish trainee solicitors are set to compete in a "virtual moot" following the cancellation of the international rounds of the Price Moot Court Competition 2020. The annual competition, organised by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford since 2017, challenges students on
Sarah O'Mahony, associate in the real estate team at William Fry, explores the challenges ahead for landlords and tenants of commercial property. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, landlords and tenants of commercial property have had cause to closely consider their respective obligations under a
A Cork barrister who tested positive for coronavirus is recovering at home after three days in hospital. Kieran Hughes, 65, was contacted by the HSE and tested after coming into contact with someone confirmed as having COVID-19.
Guidance on virtual court etiquette in England and Wales has been issued by a judge. Lord Justice Fulford, Vice President of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), has outlined the default position for hearings conducted online during the coronavirus pandemic.
The UK government's reaction to the coronavirus pandemic should be investigated after the emergency has abated but any legal action brought against it will face "high hurdles", lawyers have told our sister publication Scottish Legal News. Boris Johnson's government is widely believed to ha
Court cases will "generally" take place remotely, either by email, telephone or Skype, under new coronavirus guidance published by the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan. In an update circulated on Friday evening, the LCJ's office said further measures were being introduced following an assessmen
Pubs could lose their licenses if they flout non-binding Government recommendations to close for two weeks, a senior barrister has warned. Constance Cassidy SC, who specialises in liquor license applications, told The Irish Times that pubs could be punished through the licensing process even in the
The Law Society of Northern Ireland has said its professional conduct department will carry out off-site "desk-top reviews" instead of full inspections until further notice. The professional body's regulation department has completed a review of how it will "avoid imposing unnecessary burdens on mem
No new jury trials or physical hearings will commence in the Crown Court, the Lord Chief Justice has announced in a statement intended to "provide some clarity for the coming few days". Lord Burnett of Maldon said: "My unequivocal position is that no jury trials or other physical hearings can take p
The Royal Navy could be drafted in to help run prisons in England and Wales under contingency plans drawn up to deal with coronavirus. The unprecedented option will be available to prison bosses if too many prison officers contract COVID-19 and have to stay at home, The Times reports.
The Irish Government's emergency coronavirus bill cleared the Dáil last night without a vote. The Health (Preservation and Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Bill 2020 will provide for "exceptional measures, being introduced in the interest of public health and su
Ireland's housing crisis is now "an acute health crisis" for vulnerable people in homeless accommodation or overcrowded housing, the Mercy Law Resource Centre (MLRC) has warned. Welcoming plans to ban evictions and freeze rents for three months in response to the coronavirus outbreak, managing solic
David Rodgers, tax solicitor at Ronan Daly Jermyn (RDJ), explores the support payment scheme announced this week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Revenue Commissioners this week published details of a support payment scheme introduced as part of the response by the Government to COVID-19