Case archive



UK's failure to prosecute over fatal De Menezes shooting did not violate article 2

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled 13-4 that there was no violation of article 2, the right to life - investigation, of the European Convention on Human Rights, regarding the UK's failure to prosecute anyone after police fatally shot Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian national mistaken for a suicide bomber, in the wake of 7/7.

31 March 2016

Decision not to sever historic sexual abuse case held to be correct and conviction upheld

A man has had his conviction for ten counts of indecent assault upheld after the Court of Appeal rejected his arguments that the trial judge should have severed the indictment, that the trial judge had failed to properly summarise the defence case, and that the trial judge failed to adequately deal with the issue of delay.

24 March 2016

Court of Appeal finds wind farm developments unauthorised

The Court of Appeal has ordered a wind farm in Co Cork to be dismantled, pending the outcome of the developer’s application for substituted consent.

23 March 2016

Solicitors able to recover fees despite prior security claims

The Supreme Court has made orders under s.3 of the Legal Practitioners (Ireland) Act 1876, enabling a firm of solicitors to claim their fees from the award granted to a client despite the argument that a prior security existed over the award.

22 March 2016

Award of damages for potato lifting injury overturned

The Court of Appeal has overturned an award of damages in the sum of €67,450 made by the High Court in 2014 in favour of a supermarket employee who injured herself lifting a 10kg bag of potatoes in 2011.

18 March 2016

ECJ explains correct interpretation of Dublin III Regulation

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled* the Dublin III Regulation allows member states to send an applicant for international protection to a safe third country, irrespective of whether it is the member state responsible for processing the application or another member state.

18 March 2016

Challenge to solicitor’s bill after five years found to be time barred on appeal

The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision of the High Court to refer a bill of costs dated 12th November, 2007, to taxation.

16 March 2016

Luxembourg court dismisses Body Shop’s community trade mark appeal

The European Court of Justice has dismissed an action by The Body Shop to have a decision of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) to reject its application for registration of the trade mark “SPA WISDOM” annulled.

16 March 2016

Receiver validly appointed after Supreme Court interprets “close of business” as being 4pm

The Supreme Court has found that a Receiver was validly appointed, after upholding the trial judge’s finding that “the close of business” had been correctly interpreted by the bank as being 4pm.

15 March 2016

Online conversation held to constitute child pornography

A man has failed in his appeal against conviction for producing child pornography in a Skype conversation with a third party.

14 March 2016

DIY chain found to have unlawfully withheld employee bonuses

The High Court found that a DIY store chain had unlawfully withheld the bonuses of ten employees, accrued prior to their bonus scheme ending.

11 March 2016

Solicitors breached duty to inform mortgage providers of true nature of tax avoidance property sale

A solicitor firm has been found to have breached its duty to inform a mortgage provider of the true nature of a property transaction between a man and a company solely owned by him. However, the High Court of Justice found that the plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate causation between that failure and their financial loss.

10 March 2016

UK Supreme Court allows HMRC appeal against scheme to avoid tax on bankers’ bonuses

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that bonuses awarded by banks to employees in the form of redeemable shares in offshore companies, in order to take advantage of ITEPA provisions, should be treated – for income tax purposes – as if they had been paid in cash.

10 March 2016

Lawyer brands UKSC ruling on Trunki case 'disastrous'

The UK Supreme Court's decision to yesterday dismiss the appeal of a company which claimed a rival had infringed on its design of a ride-on suitcase for children will have "disastrous" implications, a senior lawyer has said.

10 March 2016