Benjamin Bestgen: Usury

"Usura rusteth the chisel/It rusteth the craft and the craftsman", wrote Ezra Pound. Benjamin Bestgen explains the practice of usury. See last week's primer here.

Published 25 November 2020

Senator Ivana Bacik: Children who are born in Ireland belong here

Senator Ivana Bacik, a qualified barrister and legal academic, makes the case for the government to support the Labour Party's Citizenship Bill.

Published 24 November 2020

Gearóid Corrigan: Changes afoot in the solicitors' professional indemnity insurance market

Gearóid Corrigan, senior associate at Kennedys, gives an Irish market update on solicitors' professional indemnity insurance.

Published 23 November 2020

Blog: Jurisdiction and legal advice privilege

William Fry partners Derek Hegarty and Laura Murdock give practical advice on common issues relating to legal advice privilege and jurisdiction.

Published 18 November 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Just prices

Benjamin Bestgen asks us this week to consider just prices. See last week's jurisprudential primer here.

Published 18 November 2020

Andrew McKeown: Removal of a judge in the Irish constitutional order

Andrew McKeown BL, law lecturer and practising barrister at The Bar of Ireland, considers the procedure for the removal of a judge under the Irish Constitution.

Published 11 November 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Apologies

Sorry seems to be the hardest word, which is why the law has gotten involved in recent years. Benjamin Bestgen reflects on an early injustice and the value of apologies. See last week's jurisprudential primer here.

Published 11 November 2020

Daniel Wincott: Brexit and UK devolution

Daniel Wincott, Blackwell professor of law and society at the University of Cardiff, explores the impact of Brexit on devolution across the UK.

Published 9 November 2020

Andrew Desmond: Data Protection Commission finds prison security system in breach of GDPR

Andrew Desmond, associate at William Fry, examines a recent investigation by the Data Protection Commission (DPC).

Published 5 November 2020

Eamon Gilmore: European Court of Human Rights has driven social change in Ireland

Eamon Gilmore marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Published 4 November 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Sketching a legal system

What's in a legal system? Benjamin Bestgen supplies the principal ingredients. See his last primer here.

Published 4 November 2020

Blog: U.S. v Google – what relevance for Ireland?

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DoJ”) civil lawsuit against Google, filed at the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the “District Court”) on 20 October 2020, is a first step in what will doubtless be lengthy, highly contentious litigation.

Published 29 October 2020

Caitríona Harte: Temporary moratorium on residential evictions for duration of level 5 restrictions

The Residential Tenancies Act 2020 (the “RTA 20”) temporarily prevents the eviction of residential tenants (in all but exceptional cases) from taking place during Level 5 restrictions. The RTA 20, which was signed into law Saturday 24 October, is the latest in a number of temporary measures taken by the government since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic aimed at mitigating the impact of the pandemic and restrictions on residential tenants.

Published 29 October 2020

Blog: Supreme Court rules public bodies must justify refusals to disclose exempted records under FOI Act

On 25 September 2020, the Supreme Court ruled in two separate judgments that where a public body decides not to disclose certain records (on the basis of an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (the “Act”)). The reasons for the decision must be fully explained, and the public body must be in a position to justify why the public interest is not better served by the release of the records, write Colin Rooney, Ciara Anderson and Caoimhe Stafford.

Published 28 October 2020

Claire Edgar: High Court in Belfast rules on Hague Convention case

Claire Edgar of Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors examines a recent case concerning the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Published 22 October 2020