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Legal Updates & Insights

  •  COVID-19: Remote Mediation - Business as usual in the face of COVID-19
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    COVID-19: Remote Mediation - Business as usual in the face of COVID-19

    The rapid spread of COVID-19 has had extraordinarily far reaching ramifications for all sectors of industry, not least the legal system.

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: Irish consumer agency reminds businesses about the need to inform consumers early of payment methods
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    COVID-19: Irish consumer agency reminds businesses about the need to inform consumers early of payment methods

    Consumer protection law in Ireland is mainly enforced by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). On 2 April 2020, the CCPC issued an alert entitled  "COVID-19 Business Reminder – Payment Methods".

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: Commercial landlords and tenants for NI & UK – points to consider when normality returns
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    COVID-19: Commercial landlords and tenants for NI & UK – points to consider when normality returns

    A week seems like a long time for a large part of the population staying at home and for those key workers continuing to provide lifesaving services during the COVID-19 crisis. Keeping track of the rapidly changing situation and how it impacts your business can be difficult. In the commercial property world, it is no different.

    COVID-19 Belfast
  • COVID-19: European Commission publishes guidance on Public Procurement
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    COVID-19: European Commission publishes guidance on Public Procurement

    Public bodies across the globe urgently require essential goods and services to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The European Commission has published helpful guidance which acknowledges that direct award of contracts to suppliers without tender competitions may be justified at this time.

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: Implications for the Northern Ireland Energy Sector
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    COVID-19: Implications for the Northern Ireland Energy Sector

    The NI Department of Health published regulations on Saturday imposing new restrictions on businesses in Northern Ireland.

    COVID-19 Belfast
  • COVID-19: Summary of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020
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    COVID-19: Summary of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020

    Many individuals and businesses contending with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic should be aware of some of the emergency measures being put in place to protect the public from the economic and social effects of the pandemic.

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: Central Bank Statement on Essential Services
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    COVID-19: Central Bank Statement on Essential Services

    Irish financial services firms will be aware of the fact that banking and financial services are considered essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic under guidance published by the Department of the Taoiseach on 28 March 2020. 

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: The EU Responds
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    COVID-19: The EU Responds

    The European Union has faced various tests in recent years. COVID-19 is testing the EU's responses in both new and well-tried ways. It is useful to take an overview of some of the EU's responses:

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19 – Potential issues for landlords and tenants – Applicable to Northern Ireland only
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    COVID-19 – Potential issues for landlords and tenants – Applicable to Northern Ireland only

    Landlords and tenants are facing issues that have never arisen before as a result of the impact of COVID-19. We are continually reviewing this ever changing situation, however, the following are some of the questions that have been raised with us and our responses...

    COVID-19 Belfast
  • COVID-19: €200m Irish State aid scheme approved by the European Commission
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    COVID-19: €200m Irish State aid scheme approved by the European Commission

    The European Commission has found a €200m Irish scheme (the Irish Scheme) to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak to be in conformity with the EU's State aid rules. This is consistent with a number of other recent State aid notifications by other Member States (such as Germany, France, UK and Spain) to the European Commission in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: Commercial Landlord and Tenant for NI/UK – rent holiday and considerations
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    COVID-19: Commercial Landlord and Tenant for NI/UK – rent holiday and considerations

    One of the measures included in the emergency Coronavirus Bill currently going through Parliament is a moratorium on forfeiture of commercial leases for non-payment of rent for the next three months. This period may be extended if needed.

    COVID-19 Belfast
  • Article

    Asset Management & Investment Funds: EU & International Developments - Mar 2020

    Covid 19, Cross-border distribution of funds, MMF reporting delay and stress tests, ESMA consultation on leverage risk in the AIF sector, PRIIPs KID, UK consultation on marketing and overseas funds regime and AML/CTF

    Asset Management & Investment Funds