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Legal Updates & Insights

  • Article

    DPC publishes Report and Guidance on cookies following a “cross-sector and cross-size” sweep of website operators

    On 6 April 2020, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) published a report on the use of cookies and other tracking technologies (Report) and an updated guidance note on cookies and other tracking technologies (Guidance).

    Commercial & Technology
  • COVID-19: Four important European Union links that you might have missed
    Article

    COVID-19: Four important European Union links that you might have missed

    In the current information overload, it is difficult to keep track of all that is emerging from the EU on COVID-19. So here are four links that you could usefully read:

    COVID-19
  • Article

    Summary Judgment: Amendment of pleadings and the pitfalls of affidavit evidence

    The Courts Service has recently published two decisions on the evidence required for a party to obtain judgment through the summary process and thereby avoid the time and expense of a plenary trial for the recovery of a debt. 

    Disputes
  • “We’re from the regulator and we’re here to help”: bank regulatory responses to the COVID-19 crisis
    Article

    “We’re from the regulator and we’re here to help”: bank regulatory responses to the COVID-19 crisis

    ALG's Finance and Financial Regulation teams have analysed the regulatory statements and guidance from the Central Bank of Ireland, the European Banking Authority and the European Central Bank in relation to payment breaks for customers affected by COVID-19.

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: Board Business in Northern Ireland: Directors’ duties, practical mitigation steps and assessment of financing arrangements
    Article

    COVID-19: Board Business in Northern Ireland: Directors’ duties, practical mitigation steps and assessment of financing arrangements

    The outbreak of COVID-19 continues to have a deep impact on businesses across all sectors. A growing number of companies are warning that they will fail to meet financial and commercial targets and global supply chains are being disrupted.

    COVID-19 Belfast
  • Article

    Can employers be held vicariously liable for an employee’s unlawful disclosure of personal data?

    On 1 April 2020 the Supreme Court handed down the eagerly awaited judgment in WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12.

    Belfast
  • COVID-19: Employers and Personal Protective Equipment
    Article

    COVID-19: Employers and Personal Protective Equipment

    In ordinary times, the personal protective equipment (PPE) provisions in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (the 2007 Regulations) would be of limited relevance to many employers, outside of construction or workplaces managing chemicals or hazardous substances. However, these are not ordinary times.

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: The key legal principles surrounding the Material Adverse Change (MAC) Clause
    Article

    COVID-19: The key legal principles surrounding the Material Adverse Change (MAC) Clause

    In this article, Litigation Partner Barbara Creed summarises the key legal principles surrounding the Material Adverse Change (MAC) Clause.

    COVID-19 Belfast
  • COVID-19: Remote courts - what to expect
    Article

    COVID-19: Remote courts - what to expect

    The Irish Courts Service has responded quickly to the COVID-19 crisis, with accelerated rollout of remote hearings and other arrangements being put in place to ensure the continued administration of justice.

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: Saving viable businesses – a look at restructuring options in the current environment
    Article

    COVID-19: Saving viable businesses – a look at restructuring options in the current environment

    Directors are facing difficult decisions in the current climate but, while the impact of COVID-19 will continue to be felt, it does not follow that companies should be forced out of business. Our publication 'Saving viable businesses – a look at restructuring options in the current environment' serves as reminder of rescue procedures available under Irish law.

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: CBI announces more flexibility measures in response to the pandemic
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    COVID-19: CBI announces more flexibility measures in response to the pandemic

    The Central Bank of Ireland launched a package of measures showing regulatory flexibility in light of the challenges posed by COVID- 19. The measures are targeted at UCITS, AIFs, Fund Service Providers, Investment Managers and Investment Firms. They include flexibility around late filing of certain annual and semi-annual accounts.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
  • COVID-19: Brexit talks continue – Video conference replaces megaphone
    Article

    COVID-19: Brexit talks continue – Video conference replaces megaphone

    Brexit seemed the most difficult issue facing the UK and the European Union until both sides encountered the "life or death" COVID-19 crisis. 

    Brexit