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Legal Updates & Insights

  • 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
    Article

    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
  • COVID-19: Adjournment applications – Be prepared for hearing
    Article

    COVID-19: Adjournment applications – Be prepared for hearing

    The Courts Service of Ireland has scaled back and refined the activity of the Courts to assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19 by adjourning generally any non-urgent matters listed up to the Easter vacation (See our detailed briefing on the Operation of the Courts here).

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: Regulations to enforce ‘stay at home’ guidance. Updated 15 April 2020
    Article

    COVID-19: Regulations to enforce ‘stay at home’ guidance. Updated 15 April 2020

    On 8 April 2020, the Government published legislation giving legal effect to the restrictions on movements introduced by its guidance of 27 and 28 March 2020. This legislation was necessary in order to give An Garda Síochana (the Gardaí) the power to enforce the restrictions over the course of the easter weekend.

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: FAQs for directors of Irish special purpose companies
    Article

    COVID-19: FAQs for directors of Irish special purpose companies

    Businesses in all sectors are facing very challenging times arising from the outset of, and reaction to COVID-19. With the challenges in some instances being unprecedented, directors of affected special purpose companies need to be mindful of their duties especially around decisions that they are looking at making to get through current difficulties.

    Aviation & Transport Finance
  • COVID-19: Board Business: Directors’ duties, practical mitigation steps and assessment of financing arrangements
    Article

    COVID-19: Board Business: 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. The legal implications of this are far ranging, complex and evolving.

    Corporate & M&A
  • Top employer queries in Ireland arising from COVID-19 shutdown – Part 2
    Article

    Top employer queries in Ireland arising from COVID-19 shutdown – Part 2

    The second and third week of the shutdown phase in Ireland saw the closure of more businesses, the enactment of more emergency legislation and the introduction of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme, as more and more jobs are impacted by the COVID-19.

    COVID-19