Case archive

High Court: Security for costs granted against 'impecunious plaintiff' as judge heavily criticises legal costs in Ireland

The High Court has granted an application for security for costs against an impecunious company suing for €228,000. The company was ordered to pay 80 percent of the defendant’s costs, which were estimated at €231,000.

High Court in Ireland — 2 March 2021

High Court: €990,000 settlement for boy suffering from narcolepsy due to swine flu vaccine

The High Court has refused an application to increase a compensation award for a boy who developed narcolepsy and cataplexy after receiving the swine flu vaccine. The court had previously approved the general terms of a settlement agreement in November 2020 between the boy and the defendants, but the issue of quantum was not finalised.

High Court in Ireland — 1 March 2021

UK Supreme Court: Shamima Begum cannot return to UK

Shamima Begum, the woman who travelled to Syria as a child and aligned herself with ISIS, has failed in all her appeals to the UK Supreme Court and cannot return to the UK to argue her citizenship case.

UK Supreme Court in United Kingdom — 26 February 2021

High Court: Bankruptcy adjudication confirmed after debtor refused to turn up to remote hearing

The High Court has dismissed a bankrupt’s application to show cause against his adjudication after he refused to attend a remote hearing despite being at his computer and sending emails to the court. The court also granted an application by the Official Assignee to extend the period of bankruptcy for five years after the debtor refused to attend a further hearing a week later.

High Court in Ireland — 26 February 2021

High Court: Complaint upheld against Danske Bank for mis-selling mortgage to customers

The High Court has upheld a complaint against Danske Bank for mis-selling a mortgage to a couple.

High Court in Ireland — 25 February 2021

High Court: Summary judgment for €11m granted despite inadequate particulars of the debt in the summons

The High Court has granted summary judgment against a defendant for €11 million despite the summons and grounding affidavit containing inadequate particulars of the debt.

High Court in Ireland — 24 February 2021

High Court: Receiver costs take priority over preferential creditors when winding up a company

The High Court has refused an application by Revenue to declare that the receivers to a company failed to properly discharge monies from the winding up of a company. It was held that the receivers were entitled to repay loans which were taken out to fund the receivership ahead of the preferential creditors to the company.

High Court in Ireland — 23 February 2021

High Court: Test for post-accident discovery of medical records does not require an expert opinion

The High Court has granted an order for post-accident discovery of a plaintiff’s medical records in a personal injuries action and reaffirmed the position that post-accident discovery may be granted in line with the usual rules of discovery.

High Court in Ireland — 22 February 2021

Court of Appeal: Appeal dismissed for man convicted based on anonymous evidence from FBI agent

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal against conviction of a man who was found guilty of conspiracy to possess firearms, ammunition and explosives. The defendant, Mr Thomas Bates, was convicted in Clonmel Circuit Court after anonymous testimony was adduced from two Gardaí and a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

Court of Appeal in Ireland — 19 February 2021

Court of Appeal: Appeal against appointment of receiver over substantial site on Dublin Quays rejected

The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal against the appointment of a receiver over a substantial property on the Dublin Quays. The defendant, Dengrove DAC, had appointed a receiver to sell the property after the plaintiffs, Mr Pat Ryan and Mr Phil Monaghan, failed to uphold the terms of a settlement agreement.

Court of Appeal in Ireland — 18 February 2021

Court of Appeal: Homemade will held to be valid despite destruction of certain sentences with pen

The Court of Appeal has upheld the validity of a homemade will despite the fact that several parts had not been properly executed by the testatrix.

Court of Appeal in Ireland — 17 February 2021

High Court: Leslie Buckley fails in bid to remove inspectors from INM investigation

The High Court has refused an application to remove the two inspectors appointed to investigate and report on the affairs of Independent News and Media plc. The proceedings were brought by Mr Leslie Buckley, a former director and executive chairman of the company.

High Court in Ireland — 16 February 2021

Supreme Court: Convicted IRA member's claim of unconstitutional detention dismissed

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal brought by a convicted IRA member who claimed that his detention by gardaí was unconstitutional.

Supreme Court in Ireland — 15 February 2021

High Court: Judge orders remote hearing under new law despite objections from defendant

The High Court has ruled that a Commercial Court case will be heard using the remote hearing platform TrialView, despite objections from the defendant.

High Court in Ireland — 12 February 2021

Court of Appeal: Increased sentence for man guilty of violent witness intimidation

A man who was found guilty of witness intimidation and assault has had his sentence increased by the Court of Appeal following an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Court of Appeal in Ireland — 11 February 2021