Coronavirus



Suzanne Keenan returns to MKB Law from maternity leave amid coronavirus upheaval

Belfast-based MKB Law has welcomed back associate director and employment head Suzanne Keenan from maternity leave.

Published 7 April 2020

Coronavirus is 'no excuse' for non-compliance with family court orders

Children are allowed to move between parents' homes during the coronavirus pandemic to comply with access orders, according to new guidance for lawyers.

Published 6 April 2020

Criminal barristers to receive legal aid payments during coronavirus lockdown

Criminal barristers have been told they will receive legal aid payments for adjourned cases during the coronavirus lockdown and "refresher fees" when trials resume.

Published 6 April 2020

Eoghan Ó hArgáin: Dealing with price gouging during a pandemic

Eoghan Ó hArgáin, associate and head of the EU, competition and regulated markets team at Eugene F. Collins, explores what measures may be taken under Irish law in response to reports of “price gouging”.

Published 6 April 2020

Hospitalised solicitor Niall Murphy 'improving' in coronavirus battle

Prominent Belfast solicitor Niall Murphy, who has spent almost two weeks in hospital with coronavirus, is showing signs of improvement, according to reports.

Published 6 April 2020

Taxing times: Extended stays in Ireland due to pandemic disruption will not break residency rules

People who are not normally resident in Ireland will not suffer negative tax repercussions if they are unable to leave due to the coronavirus pandemic, Revenue has said.

Published 6 April 2020

Judge calls for spitting on police to be prosecuted as ABH/GBH

Spitting on a police officer during the coronavirus pandemic should be prosecuted as actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm, a judge has said.

Published 3 April 2020

Joanne Ryan: Remote swearing of affidavits – changes ahead?

Joanne Ryan, associate at William Fry, looks at whether remote swearing is permitted in Ireland in light of the coronavirus pandemic and what can be done to address the issue of swearing affidavits while adhering to social distancing. 

Published 3 April 2020

Law Society sounds alarm over shutdown of Companies Registration Office

Lawyers have raised concerns that coronavirus-related disruption at the Companies Registration Office (CRO) could land company directors in hot water.

Published 2 April 2020

Lawyers join call for Government to protect asylum seekers from coronavirus

Lawyers and legal academics have joined hundreds of immigration and health experts in calling on the Government to take further action to protect asylum seekers during the pandemic.

Published 2 April 2020

Ireland raises rule of law concerns among coronavirus responses

A joint statement issued by Ireland and 13 other European countries has raised concern about "the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights" in responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 2 April 2020

Remote courts to be piloted this month in response to pandemic

Remote court hearings will be piloted in Ireland for the first time later this month in order to maintain the operation of the justice system during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 1 April 2020

Legal Aid Board launches legal and mediation information helpline

The Legal Aid Board has established a nationwide legal and mediation information helpline in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 1 April 2020

William Fry: Compulsory licences on the horizon for drugs and equipment?

William Fry partner Laura Scott, senior associate Colette Brady and trainee solicitor Sophie Delaney consider whether growing concerns about the availability of certain drugs and equipment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic will we see governments start to issue compulsory licences.

Published 1 April 2020

Gardaí to crack down on domestic abuse during pandemic

An Garda Síochána has announced a crackdown on domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 1 April 2020