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

Benjamin Bestgen: Law and nanoscience

Benjamin Bestgen considers how the law might grapple with nanoscience. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 21 October 2020

Félim Ó Maolmhána: The politics of the Supreme Court of the United States

Félim Ó Maolmhána explores the drama surrounding Trump's proposed appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Published 15 October 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Taxation

Leo Mattersdorf, friend and accountant of Albert Einstein, claimed the great physicist once said to him during a meal that "the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax". Benjamin Bestgen this week takes a look at this divisive subject. See last week's jurisprudential primer here.

Published 14 October 2020

Blog: High Court reviews its strike-off role for legal practitioners

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP partner Niall Michel and trainee Kate Moloney consider a ruling in which the High Court confirmed its role in reviewing the findings of misconduct.

Published 13 October 2020

Ronan Hynes: Back to the future – the growth of litigation technology

Ronan Hynes, partner at Sellors LLP, considers the accelerated growth of litigation technology arising out of Covid-19.

Published 7 October 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Power and public discourse (Free Speech III)

In the third of his articles on free speech, Benjamin Bestgen stresses that freedom of expression must be examined in context. See his last piece here.

Published 7 October 2020

Dr Laura Cahillane: Denham report will increase attention on judicial conduct committee

Dr Laura Cahillane, lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Limerick, considers the Denham report.

Published 2 October 2020

Conor Fottrell: The delicate balance of reporting childcare cases

Conor Fottrell, partner at Mason Hayes & Curran LLP, considers the key issues in reporting childcare cases in the media.

Published 2 October 2020

Lisa Bryson: Success of Chancellor's Job Support Scheme is critical for business survival

Lisa Bryson, partner and head of employment at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, highlights the importance of the successor to the Covid-19 furlough scheme.

Published 30 September 2020

Richard Grogan: How a mandatory sick pay scheme could impact Irish employers

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates considers the impact on Irish employers of a mandatory sick pay scheme.

Published 24 September 2020

Dr Ronan Cormacain: Internal Market Bill breaches domestic law

Dr Ronan Cormacain  of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law considers a lesser-discussed aspect of the controversial Internal Market Bill.

Published 23 September 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: The right (not) to be offended (Free Speech II)

Benjamin Bestgen takes a further look at free speech this week, see last week's jurisprudential primer for part one.

Published 23 September 2020

Ruaidhrí Austin: UK FCA COVID-19 business interruption test case verdict revealed

Ruaidhrí Austin, solicitor at Lacey Solicitors Dublin and Belfast, examines the recent UK High Court test case in which the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) challenged a number of insurers in relation to business interruption cover.

Published 16 September 2020