Articles



Wendy Hederman: Does Irish law have the IQ to recognise smart contracts?

Wendy Hederman, partner at Mason Hayes & Curran, considers the status of "smart contracts" in Irish law.

Published 18 May 2020

Lockdown recommendations: The Mirror and the Light

In the latest of a series of recommendations for lawyers staving off boredom in lockdown, the Law Society of Ireland's director general Ken Murphy recommends Hilary Mantel's latest.

Published 15 May 2020

Paul Daly: Escape from Carltona?

Administrative law expert Paul Daly explores yesterday's judgment in R v Adams [2020] UKSC 19.

Published 14 May 2020

Tom O'Malley: Can jury trial be waived?

Tom O'Malley, a law lecturer and barrister with expertise in criminal law, sentencing, criminal procedure and constitutional law, considers whether the use of non-jury trials in Ireland can be expanded.

Published 14 May 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Judges’ quirks and legal reasoning

Benjamin Bestgen looks at why you might breathe a sigh of relief knowing his lordship has had breakfast. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 13 May 2020

Jeremy Erwin: High Court clarifies implications of O'Malley judgment

Hayes solicitors partner Jeremy Erwin and associate solicitor Cian Clinch highlight a recent High Court decision which provides welcome guidance on applications for summary judgment.

Published 6 May 2020

Matthew Howse: Laying the foundations for recovery – a light touch approach

Eversheds Sutherland partner Matthew Howse and principal associate Damian McElholm consider the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 6 May 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Trust and trustworthiness

Benjamin Bestgen explores trust and trustworthiness in his latest jurisprudential primer. See his last post here.

Published 5 May 2020

Joanna Hardy: I'm an online lawyer now. Can you hear me?

Criminal barrister Joanna Hardy shares her experience of remote courts in England.

Published 4 May 2020

Darryl Broderick: Little leeway for tardy Irish defamation claimants

Ronan Daly Jermyn partner Darryl Broderick and trainee solicitor Sinéad Harrington examine the Irish courts’ general reluctance to grant an extension of the one-year limitation period in defamation cases.

Published 4 May 2020

Laura Banks: Bereavement benefit inequalities more striking now than ever

Laura Banks, solicitor at Francis Hanna & Co, highlights ongoing inequality in the bereavement benefits system.

Published 4 May 2020

Mary Kiely: Physical distancing and the 2020 AGM – is a virtual or hybrid AGM the answer?

Mary Kiely, senior associate in the corporate and commercial team at Eversheds Sutherland, considers the challenges for companies during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 30 April 2020

Ronan Hynes: Negotiate or die

Ronan Hynes, partner at Sellors, encourages lawyers to brush up on their negotiating skills.

Published 30 April 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Working hard

In his latest jurisprudential primer, Benjamin Bestgen explains why there is more to the concept of 'hard work' than meets the eye. See his last post here.

Published 29 April 2020

Félim Ó Maolmhána: The legislators behind the legislation

Félim Ó Maolmhána examines, in response to an earlier Irish Legal News article, how many lawyers have served in the Oireachtas.

Published 28 April 2020