Case archive



Court of Appeal upholds €85,000 award made to former premier league footballer in Sunday World defamation case

The Sunday World has been unsuccessful in its appeal to overturn the €85,000 award made to former English Premier League footballer, David Speedie, in defamation proceedings.

7 February 2017

Supreme Court: Convicted drug-dealer loses claim against former solicitors for “worry and upset” before trial

A man who served five years for possession of heroin with intent to supply, has been unsuccessful in his appeal to the Supreme Court in which he claimed that the solicitors representing him at his criminal trial were liable for worry and stress in the week running up to his trial in 1999.

6 February 2017

NI High Court: Woman seriously injured at private party loses claim against venue

A woman who suffered severe lacerations to her leg while attending a masquerade ball in Belle Isle Castle has lost her £100,000 claim against the company owning the popular Fermanagh venue.

3 February 2017

Supreme Court: John Gilligan loses challenge to freezing and disposal of assets

Convicted drug-dealer John Gilligan has been unsuccessful in challenging various orders made in relation to the disposal of his properties, which were adjudicated to have been acquired directly or indirectly with the proceeds of crime.

2 February 2017

High Court: Constitutional freedom of speech in parliament vetoes damages claim

The former chief executive of a registered charity in receipt of public funds has lost her case against members of the Public Accounts Committee of Dáil Éireann in the High Court.

1 February 2017

PSNI misconstrued their legal powers to stop parades after failing to halt 'flags protests'

A resident of Short Strand has succeeded in their appeal against the Chief Constable of Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) after Justices in the UK Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the PSNI misconstrued their legal powers to stop parades passing through or adjacent to the Short Strand area when they failed to halt parades during the “flags protests”.

1 February 2017

Thomas “Slab” Murphy’s challenge to his 18-month sentence dismissed by the Court of Appeal

Thomas “Slab” Murphy has been unsuccessful in challenging his conviction for failing to make Income Tax returns, with the Court of Appeal dismissing all 53 of his grounds of appeal in its lengthy judgment.

31 January 2017

High Court: Man has bankruptcy extended by five years for failing to cooperate with Official Assignee

A man who was adjudicated bankrupt in December 2015 has had his bankruptcy extended by five years due to his “complete failure to co-operate with the bankruptcy process”.

30 January 2017

Court of Appeal: Man’s lifetime ban from driving reduced to 40-year disqualification

A man who was given a lifelong ban from driving has had his disqualification reduced to one of forty years in the Court of Appeal.

27 January 2017

High Court: Former solicitor’s application to return to work refused due to lack of candour

A solicitor who was struck off the Roll of Solicitors amidst several allegations of misconduct, has had his application to be restored to the Roll refused in the High Court.

26 January 2017

Court of Appeal: Solicitor struck off for theft has custodial sentence halved

A solicitor who was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment for stealing €250,000 from her client account has successfully appealed the severity of her sentence, with the Court of Appeal halving her custodial sentence to one of six months.

25 January 2017

High Court: Cork residents’ challenge to wind farm dismissed

in the decision making process”.

24 January 2017

Supreme Court Brexit case: Act of Parliament required to authorise triggering of Article 50 while devolution issues inapplicable

Justices in the Supreme Court have held that an Act of Parliament is required to authorise ministers to give Notice of the decision of the UK to withdraw from the European Union, dismissing the appeal of the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union by a majority of 8 to 3. On the devolution issues, the court has unanimously concluded that neither section 1 nor section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 is of assistance in this case, and that the Sewel Convention does not give rise to a legally enforceable obligation.

24 January 2017

High Court: Tribunal’s finding that there was no case against solicitor cannot be challenged outside 21-day time limit

A man who complained to the Law Society about the conduct of a solicitor in a failed property transaction has been unsuccessful in his bid to appeal the decision of the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal.

23 January 2017

Court of Appeal: Father successful in overturning order excluding him from family home

A man who was ordered to move out of the family home where he was residing with two of his children, in order for his wife to move in and take custody, has been successful in his appeal.

20 January 2017