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High Court: Legal costs for 'entirely successful party' reduced to 60 per cent due to 'unreasonable' submissions

The High Court has ruled that the Revenue Commissioners were not entitled to full legal costs despite being “entirely successful” in case stated proceedings. The court held that 20 per cent of the hearing was taken up by submissions which had no probability of success and therefore only granted 60 per cent of the costs to the Revenue.

Published 22 June 2021

Report: More than just legislation required to tackle issues with Irish rape trials

Significant additional resources and a "culture change" are needed to tackle delays in Irish rape trials, a major new report has recommended.

Published 22 June 2021

Not yet too late to introduce proposed sexual and domestic violence protections

Justice Minister Naomi Long has said it is not yet too late to bring forward a delayed bill on widely-supported proposals to abolish the so-called "rough sex" defence, strengthen the law around image-based sexual abuse and widen the scope of the law on abuse of trust.

Published 22 June 2021

Irish barrister appointed judge in Australia

An Irish barrister who has practised law in Australia for two decades has been appointed as a judge in Queensland.

Published 22 June 2021

Double appointment to County Court bench

Two newly-appointed County Court judges were sworn into office yesterday afternoon.

Published 22 June 2021

Law Society raises concerns over rights of way registration deadline

The Law Society of Ireland has raised concerns about the impending deadline for registration of rights of way created by long use.

Published 22 June 2021

Eight inquests to be heard in year two of delayed five-year plan

The presiding coroner for Northern Ireland has identified eight inquests which will be progressed under year two of the Lord Chief Justice's five-year plan for legacy inquests, which has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 22 June 2021

KRW Law secures six-figure damages payout for victim of historic abuse

Belfast-based KRW LAW LLP has secured a six-figure damages payout for a victim of historic abuse at a Newry grammar school.

Published 22 June 2021

England: Lord Chief Justice suggests making juries smaller to tackle backlog

The Lord Chief Justice has suggested making juries smaller to deal with the mounting backlog of criminal cases.

Published 22 June 2021

Asynchronous legal hearings and pandemic fatigue discussed at civil justice conference

Society should adopt asynchronous legal hearings, Professor Richard Susskind has said.

Published 22 June 2021

And finally... nut guilty

A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of 21 tonnes of pistachios valued at more than $100,000.

Published 22 June 2021

Supreme Court: Labour Court recommendation for Sectoral Employment Order quashed for failure to give reasons

The Supreme Court has quashed a recommendation by the Labour Court for a Sectoral Employment Order setting minimum conditions for electrical workers’ pay because it failed to provide adequate reasoning for the decision. The SEO was recommended under the procedure set out in Chapter 3 of Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act, 2015.

Published 21 June 2021

Belfast lawyer Joanne Lecky to lead trade mark group at Murgitroyd IP

Intellectual property protection business Murgitroyd IP has appointed Belfast lawyer Joanne Lecky as managing director of its trade mark group.

Published 21 June 2021

William Fry: Data regulation has replaced tax rate as top consideration for location decisions

Data regulation has replaced tax rate as the most important consideration for international organisations making location decisions, a new global survey by William Fry suggests.

Published 21 June 2021

Cleaver Fulton Rankin lawyer appointed to UK Environmental Law Association

Cleaver Fulton Rankin associate director Brendan Martyn has been appointed as the Northern Ireland trustee of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA).

Published 21 June 2021