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Irish Legal Heritage: Norris v Ireland

On 22 April 1983, Senator David Norris lost an appeal to the Supreme Court. He sought a declaration that that sections 61 and 62 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, and section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, were inconsistent with the Constitution.

Published 26 April 2019

Roisin Harper: Revised personal injury damages of keen interest to insurers

Roisin Harper, associate at McKinty and Wright Solicitors, current NI regional representative for the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) and past NI representative to Tomorrow’s FOIL, writes on the latest update to personal injury damages guidelines.

Published 18 April 2019

Richard Grogan: Illegal contracts – can unpaid wages be recovered?

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on a case brought by an employee with an illegal contract.

Published 16 April 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Alice Milligan – 'she loved no other place but Ireland'

Alice Milligan was born in a village just outside Omagh in September 1866, one of thirteen children. Her parents were Methodists of modest means, and whose success in the Irish linen trade brought the family to Belfast in 1879. In Belfast, Alice was educated at Methodist College along with her surviving brothers and sisters, where she “demonstrated an amazing and versatile range of abilities by winning scholarships in mathematics, science, scripture, natural philosophy and music”, and where she “first began to publish poetry in the school magazine” (Catherine Morris, Alice Milligan and the Irish Cultural Revival (Four Courts Press 2012), 25).

Published 12 April 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Major William Redmond

On 7 June 1917, William Hoey Kearney Redmond was killed in the attack on the Messines Ridge during the First World War, serving as a major in the Royal Irish Regiment of the British Army.

Published 5 April 2019

Darryl Broderick: Your eggs or mine – the law on passing off

Partner Darryl Broderick and trainee solicitor James Leahy at Ronan Daly Jermyn (RDJ) examine a new Court of Appeal ruling restating the law on passing off.

Published 4 April 2019

Colum Kenny: We need to reboot contract law for the web

Colum Kenny, professor emeritus of communications at Dublin City University (DCU) and a qualified barrister, writes on the legal challenges posed by online privacy.

Published 3 April 2019

Matthew Howse: The winds of change for commercial litigation in Northern Ireland

Matthew Howse, partner in dispute resolution and litigation at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, writes on the latest commercial litigation developments in Northern Ireland.

Published 2 April 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Ireland’s Alcatraz

After several decades as a military fort, and a much earlier history of being a monastic settlement, Spike Island was converted into a prison in 1847.

Published 29 March 2019

Richard Grogan: Adjudication Officer right to admit award is beyond their competence

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on the competence of the Adjudication Officer to determine certain sums.

Published 27 March 2019

Rachel Penny: Employees should benefit from increased transparency over NDAs

Rachel Penny, employment partner at Carson McDowell, considers the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to cover up wrongdoing in the workplace.

Published 27 March 2019

Joanne Finn: Google “Ads” the cost of another fine – do competition regulators agree on digital markets?

Joanne Finn looks at the latest fine imposed on search giant Google and how such decisions are affecting market regulation.

Published 26 March 2019

John Dugdale: Landmark housing ruling reinforces need to consider contracts in full

John Dugdale, associate at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, writes on a landmark court ruling Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) ruling.

Published 22 March 2019

Lisa Quinn O'Flaherty: Lawyers can also help to solve our climate crisis

Lisa Quinn O'Flaherty, solicitor at Fitzsimons Redmond and a Climate Ambassador for Irish environmental charity An Taisce, writes for Irish Legal News on how lawyers can help to solve our climate crisis.

Published 21 March 2019

Professor Thom Brooks: Bercow's Brexit decision is legally correct

Thom Brooks, Dean and professor of law and government at Durham Law School, writes on the latest development in the Brexit saga.

Published 19 March 2019