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Legal Updates & Insights

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    The Gig Economy: a cause for concern for employers?

    Last month, two Uber drivers in London won their test cases before the UK Employment Tribunal (the ET). The ET held that they were "workers" and not self-employed individuals. The significance of this finding is that as "workers" they are entitled to certain minimum statutory protections.

    Employment
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    Offer of Amends – Reduced discounts for those that delay

    This recent High Court decision highlights the importance for defendants to conduct a forensic analysis of the strengths and weakness of their defences as early as possible. Those with defences that are unlikely to prevail at trial should consider implementing the offer of amends procedure sooner rather than later as those that delay will impede their ability to minimise their financial.....

    Disputes
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    Another injunction under the whistleblowing legislation

    The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 continues to show its teeth with another successful application for interim relief granted in Cork Circuit Court.

    Pensions & Incentives
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    The Beneficial Ownership Regulations 2016 are in force - what you need to know

    The European Union (Anti-Money Laundering: Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Entities) Regulations 2016 came into operation on 15 November 2016.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
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    Statutory Review of Irish Defamation Law

    The Department of Justice and Equality announced on 1 November that it will review the impact of the defamation reforms introduced in 2009.

    Disputes
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    Economic Migration

    Tier 2 and Tier 5 'A-rated' Sponsors will gladly welcome the introduction of the new priority service in processing change of circumstances applications.

    Belfast
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    “Willy Nilly” expert evidence not allowed

    New High Court rules regarding expert evidence became effective on 1 October.

    Disputes
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    Economic Migration Update – November 2016

    The Autumn changes to the UK Immigration Rules have finally been announced and will, for the most part, be introduced on 24 November 2016. The official announcement confirms that the changes promised by the Government earlier this year will be applied with only a few variances.

    Belfast
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    Antitrust – Online businesses and their antitrust obligations

    EU, Irish and UK competition law prohibit price-fixing between competitors in relation to goods and services. This prohibition applies in whatever way such goods or services are sold to customers. In an important restatement on 7 November, the UK antitrust regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), announced that it had launched a campaign to alert online sellers of goods and services

    EU, Competition & Procurement
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    Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Cross Sectoral

    On the Domestic Front: Central Bank of Ireland publish Intermediary Times – Issue 4, Central Bank Act 1942 (Section 32D) Regulations 2016 and associated guidance published. On the European Front: Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities publishes its 2017 Work Programme, European Commission publishes statement on the G7 fundamental elements of cybersecurity in the financial sector,

    Financial Regulation
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    Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Investment Firms

    On the Domestic Front: Irish Stock Exchange welcomes announcement to review stamp duty on share transactions. On the EU Front: ESMA publishes 2017 Work Programme, ESMA publishes a number of MiFID II Consultations, The European Fund and Asset Management Association publishes report on responsible investment.

    Financial Regulation
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    Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Funds

    On the Domestic Front: End of transition period for Central Bank UCITS Regulations. On the EU Front: ESMA Q&A on application of AIFMD, ESMA Q&A on application of UCITS Directive, Chair of ESMA delivers statement on the AIFMD passport.

    Financial Regulation