Dr David Kenny: Time to admit the government's legal advice on adoption is wrong

Dr David Kenny, assistant professor of law at Trinity College Dublin, argues the government's legal advice on the rights of adopted children is flawed and a referendum on the matter is not needed.

Published 20 January 2021

Benjamin Bestgen: Held to higher standards

Benjamin Bestgen considers the fairness of the high standards to which we hold lawyers. Read last week's jurisprudential primer here.

Published 20 January 2021

Jason O'Sullivan: Covid-19 vaccine conundrum for employers

Jason O'Sullivan, solicitor and public affairs consultant at J.O.S Solicitors, examines the dilemma employers will face when they encounter employees who refuse to take the vaccine and what measures they should take to deal with them.

Published 18 January 2021

Benjamin Bestgen: Smart contracts

Benjamin Bestgen gives readers an overview of smart contracts this week. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 13 January 2021

Karen Kearney: Defendants' experts – it is time to stop the whitewash

Karen Kearney, partner at Cantillons Solicitors, explores the issue of expert witnesses through the prism of a recent medical negligence case.

Published 12 January 2021

Dieter Reinisch: When Armagh County Court ruled internment unlawful

Historian Dr Dieter Reinisch looks back at some of the earliest legal challenges to internment, in light of last year's high-profile UK Supreme Court ruling in R v Adams.

Published 11 January 2021

Marie Kinsella: Recommendations on management of clinical negligence claims are welcome

Marie Kinsella, partner at commercial law firm Philip Lee, welcomes a major review of the management of clinical negligence claims.

Published 8 January 2021

Natasha Hand: Discrimination on the race ground under the Employment Equality Act 1998

Employment lawyer Natasha Hand examines a case concerning alleged discrimination on the race ground in a company's sick pay scheme.

Published 6 January 2021

Benjamin Bestgen: Tools and (or?) rules

Benjamin Bestgen this week contrasts the letter of the law with its spirit. See his last jurisprudential primer here. 

Published 6 January 2021

Ann Henry: Post-Brexit pinch points in UK-Ireland trade disputes

Pinsent Masons partners Ann Henry and Jim Cormack QC address how UK-Ireland trade disputes will work following the end of the transition period and how vital this is for many companies.

Published 5 January 2021

Benjamin Bestgen: Consensual harm

This week Benjamin Bestgen looks at the legalities surrounding certain extracurricular activities. See last week's here.

Published 24 December 2020

Richard Grogan: The importance of working time records

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates the importance of often-overlooked working time records.

Published 18 December 2020

Claire Edgar: More must be done to ensure equality in divorce settlements

Family lawyer Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, examines the issue of equality in divorce settlements.

Published 16 December 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Revenge

"If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out" and if he breaks another's bone, his shall be broken. So states Hammurabi's Code, an ancient exemplar of the precept of lex talionis. Why is revenge so compelling? Benjamin Bestgen explains all. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 16 December 2020

Brian Hunt: Attempts to reform gaming laws in Ireland

Brian Hunt, partner at Ronan Daly Jermyn, explores the history of gambling law reform in Ireland.

Published 14 December 2020