Articles



Dr Geraldine O'Hare: The Enhanced Combination Order in Northern Ireland

Dr Geraldine O'Hare, director of rehabilitation at the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, writes on the success of the Enhanced Combination Order pilot.

Published 1 March 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: The imprisonment of Ladies Land Leaguer Hannah Reynolds

On 23 December 1881, 21-year-old Hannah Reynolds was sentenced at the Petty Sessions court to 28 days in Cork gaol for her work with the Ladies Land League.

Published 1 March 2019

Alison Cassidy: Latest personal injury guidelines a significant one-off change

Alison Cassidy, partner at BLM in Belfast, examines the latest personal injury guidelines for Northern Ireland.

Published 27 February 2019

Richard Grogan: Do you bring a Payment of Wages Act claim or a breach of contract claim?

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on an anomaly as to whether wages claims should be brought in the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court or in the main Irish courts.

Published 25 February 2019

Jason O'Sullivan: Was the Brexit timeline always unrealistic? Back in 1982, it took Greenland three years to leave

Jason O'Sullivan, principal and founder of J.O.S Solicitors, compares the Brexit timetable to the time taken to negotiate Greenland's exit from the EEC.

Published 22 February 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: The Civic Guard and An Garda Síochána

After the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed on 6 December 1921, the Provisional Government began the process of disbanding the Royal Irish Constabulary. In February 1922, Michael Collins began to recruit for the Civic Guard, which would later be named An Garda Síochána – “the guardian of the peace”.

Published 22 February 2019

Toni Fitzgerald-Gunn: Asda’s slogan is ‘Save Money, Live Better’ – but who is really saving?

Toni Fitzgerald-Gunn, associate partner at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, writes on the recent equal pay case involving supermarket Asda.

Published 18 February 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Pat Finucane

Human rights lawyer Pat Finucane was murdered in his home in North Belfast on 12 February 1989. Pat was shot 14 times and his wife, Geraldine, was injured in the shooting, which was witnessed by their children as they hid underneath a table.

Published 15 February 2019

Naomi Gaston: Lost password costs £105 million

Naomi Gaston, senior associate at Mills Selig, writes on the importance of security at major cryptocurrency exchanges.

Published 8 February 2019

John Kelly: What should employers do about criminal offences outside work?

John Kelly, solicitor at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, explores the response of employers to criminal offences committed outside of work.

Published 5 February 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Mamie Cadden

On 1 February, the Feast of Saint Brigid of Kildare is celebrated as the day of new beginnings, the beginning of spring, and stories are told of the many miracles attributed to the second patron saint of Ireland.

Published 4 February 2019

Keith Walsh: Positive and sensible reform proposals promise an end to the divorce trap

Dublin solicitor Keith Walsh, chair of the Law Society of Ireland's child and family law committee, writes for Irish Legal News on the government's announcement of a divorce referendum in May 2019.

Published 30 January 2019

Mark O’Shaughnessy: Discovery – A solution for a process in “crisis”

The speed and frequency of how businesses communicate has evolved significantly over the last 20 years. Multiple emails, SMS and WhatsApp messages have replaced the traditional letter. This has had a considerable impact on the costs and resources now involved in complying with a discovery request in litigation or arbitration proceedings, write Mark O’Shaughnessy and Mary Jane Fegan.

Published 23 January 2019

Sarah Conroy and Cian O'Gorman: The Vacant Housing Refurbishment Bill – a constructive step?

Beale & Co partner Sarah Conroy and trainee solicitor Cian O'Gorman consider whether a proposed bill represents a constructive step towards the refurbishment of Ireland's planning and building processes.

Published 18 January 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: The First Dáil

After the Easter Rising, many of the volunteers focused on political activity rather than another rebellion. At Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis on 25 and 26 October 1917, Arthur Griffith pledged: “we are remaking this organisation of Sinn Féin for the real purpose and object towards it will work” – the setting up of a constituent Assembly of Ireland to meet in Dublin.

Published 18 January 2019