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Legal Updates & Insights

  • article

    Brexit update on trends and developments for Debt Capital Markets

    We have summarised below two Brexit related topics currently relevant in the Irish market and which we expect will continue to be an area of focus in the short-to-medium term.

    Brexit
  • article

    Dawn Raids in the lockdown era – the risk is still real

    Anyone who is tempted to breach competition law and expect to get away with it because of the Lockdown should think twice.

    EU, Competition & Procurement
  • article

    Central Bank issues revised AML/CFT Guidelines

    A revised version of the Central Bank's Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Guidelines for the Financial Sector (the Guidelines) was published on 23 June 2021.

    Financial Regulation
  • article

    Sweetman v An Bord Pleanala & Ors – does it cast doubt on the use of a design envelope approach?

    The recent High Court case of Sweetman v An Bord Pleanála, Ireland and the Attorney General and Bord Na Mona Powergen Limited has the potential to create uncertainty relative to the use of a design envelope approach.

    Environmental & Planning
  • publication

    When should employers use a licensed gangmaster? - Understanding the Gangmaster (Licensing) Act 2004

    Employers within the food production or fresh produce sector should be cautious when using a recruitment agency to supply workers.The Gangmaster (Licensing) Act 2004 established the Gangmaster and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

    Employment & Incentives Belfast
  • COVID-19 economic recovery plan
    publication

    COVID-19 economic recovery plan

    The government recently announced a new Economic Recovery Plan (the Plan). The Plan outlines a pathway for the resumption of economic activity and a sustainable jobs-led recovery.

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19 related extensions to planning permissions
    article

    COVID-19 related extensions to planning permissions

    The Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2021 is being expedited through the legislative process. It will provide for extensions to a number of time limits, including for the passing of development plans. Importantly however it will also allow for extensions, or additional extensions, to existing planning permissions to allow projects be completed.

    COVID-19
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    Skilled migrant workers in the NI tech sector – Attracting and retaining highly skilled workers within the tech sector in NI

    2020 was another great year for the tech sector in Northern Ireland and 2021 has started positively however there still remains a deficit of skilled workers.

    Employment & Incentives Belfast
  • Article

    European Commission publishes finalised SCCs

    The European Commission has published its final Implementing Decision on new standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for the transfer of personal data to third countries.

  • article

    Government publishes Summer Legislation Programme

    The Government has published its legislation programme for Summer 2021. We have set out below the status of key Bills of relevance to the data protection, commercial and technology sector.

    Technology
  • article

    High Court rejects procedural challenge against DPC’s inquiry into EU-US data transfers

    The High Court, in a 197-page judgment, has dismissed a legal challenge against a decision by the Data Protection Commission (DPC).

    Technology
  • article

    DPC completes statutory inquiry into suspected interference with role of DPO

    The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has completed its ‘own volition’ inquiry into whether the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection interfered with the role of its Data Protection Officer (DPO).

    Technology