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Legal Updates & Insights

  • Article

    Legal Competitiveness for International Tech

    John Whelan, Resident Partner San Francisco and Head of International Technology Practice at A&L Goodbody shares some insights on the advantages of Ireland’s legal offering for the international technology sector.

    Commercial & Technology
  • Article

    Holiday Pay – NI Court of Appeal unlocks the door for voluntary overtime

    The Northern Irish Court of Appeal has, this morning, held that the Belfast Tribunal ruled in error on its interpretation of Bear Scotland.

    Belfast
  • Article

    The Front Page, Asset Management & Investment Funds: Irish Practice Developments

    On the Domestic Front, we look at Gareth Murphy's speech (which includes consideration of AIFMD 3rd country passport), Board and Corporate Governance Requirements, Central Bank Q&A on the Companies Act 2014, revised AIF Rulebook, updated AIFMD Q&A, updated UCITS Q&A, ONR Annual Sub-fund Profile Return, EuSEFs, EuVECAs and Markets update.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
  • Article

    Licensing of Private Investigators mandatory from 1 November 2015

    On 14 May 2015, the Private Security (Licensing and Standards) (Private Investigator) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No 195 of 2015) were signed into law.

    Investing in Ireland
  • Article

    Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner for 2014

    The Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, has published her Annual Report for 2014.

    Investing in Ireland
  • Article

    Corporate Governance Update June 2015

    This article contains a round up of all recent corporate governance developments.

    Investing in Ireland
  • Article

    Assembly of a product amounts to manufacturing for the purposes of the Liability for Defective Products Act 1991

    In McGarry v McGarry & ors [2015] IEHC 426 the High Court made a finding of liability for personal injuries against the third defendant who was the supplier of a glass top table which had shattered and caused personal injuries to the three year old plaintiff resulting in partial amputation of her big toe.

    Disputes
  • Article

    Registration of Ships: How is the Transfer of Ships Between EU Registers Working?

    While the European Commission contemplated the creation of an EU register (the so-called “EUROS” proposal), the regime remains (and is likely to remain) one characterised by Member States having their own national registers (whether one national registry or a national registry with a parallel one) rather than there being an EU register.

    EU, Competition & Procurement
  • Article

    EU Competition Consortia Block Exemption Extended for Five Years

    Consortia agreements typically allow liner shipping carriers to rationalise their activities and achieve economies of scale. If consortia face sufficient competition and are not used to fix prices or share the market then users of services provided by consortia are usually able to benefit from improvements in productivity and service quality

    EU, Competition & Procurement
  • Article

    Voluntary Overtime – NI Court of Appeal suggests it may need to be included in calculating holiday pay after all

    Given the pace that decisions on holiday pay are moving, it almost seems like old news that non-guaranteed overtime payments should be included in the calculation of holiday pay.

    Belfast
  • Article

    Comparator Products must be identifiable and similar to come within Comparative Advertising Rules

    Aldi Stores (Ireland) Limited and Aldi Gmbh and Co Kg –v- Dunnes Stores, Cregan J, 9 June 2015 In this case Aldi claimed Dunnes had engaged in unlawful comparative advertising. Aldi also claimed that in using its trademarks in an unlawful manner, Dunnes had infringed its trademarks.

    Disputes
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    English High Court orders Disclosure of Privileged Communications provide to Regulator

    In Property Alliance Group Ltd v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [2015] EWHC 1557 the English High Court held that Royal Bank of Scotland ("the Bank"), by positively relying on regulatory decisions in their Defence, had waived legal professional privilege and without prejudice privilege in documents provided to those regulators.

    Disputes