Coronavirus



England: ‘Coronavirus coughs’ at key workers will be charged as assault

People claiming to have COVID-19 who deliberately cough at others could be imprisoned for up to 12 months, the Director of Public Prosecutions has warned.

Published 27 March 2020

Richard Grogan: Employers should not use coronavirus wage subsidy scheme

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates argues that Irish employers should not take advantage of the new temporary wage subsidy scheme introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 26 March 2020

Directors urge government to relax insolvency rules to save businesses

Directors across the UK are asking the government for a temporary indemnity which allows them to keep technically insolvent firms in operation during the coronavirus pandemic without fear of legal action.

Published 26 March 2020

Sarah Plunkett: Can trials conducted via video-link maintain business continuity for the courts?

William Fry associate Sarah Plunkett explores the opportunities of using technology to maintain business continuity in the Irish courts during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 26 March 2020

Editorial: On your side in dark days

As we enter the darkest days we have faced since World War Two, the thoughts of the team at Irish Legal News are with our readers and their families – but also with the many law firms which have only recently recovered from the crash of 2008 and its consequences. They now face an even greater challenge, and not just in the immediate short term.

Published 25 March 2020

Lawyers and courts staff praised for 'responsible' response to coronavirus

A leading childcare lawyer has paid tribute to legal professionals and courts staff for being "responsible and responsive" in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 25 March 2020

Court business to be consolidated in five courthouses from tomorrow

All court business in Northern Ireland will be consolidated in five courthouses with effect from tomorrow, the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, has announced.

Published 25 March 2020

Civil liberties group to 'monitor' exercise of new coronavirus powers

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said it will closely monitor the Government's use of new emergency powers introduced to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 25 March 2020

Court judgments to be handed down via email during coronavirus outbreak

Written court judgments will be delivered by email instead of being handed down in court under new measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 24 March 2020

Additional measures taken to prevent crowding in criminal courts

Additional measures to prevent crowding in the Criminal Courts of Justice have been announced after "a glitch in the situation" yesterday.

Published 24 March 2020

UK Supreme Court goes online

The UK Supreme Court (UKSC) and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) will hear all cases and deliver judgments through video conferencing from today.

Published 24 March 2020

Ashling Walsh & Michael Quinlan: Examinership – an underutilised option for vulnerable but viable companies

Ronan Daly Jermyn partner Ashling Walsh, solicitor Michael Quinlan and trainee Mark Costello take a look at the examinership process as a potentially important restructuring tool for companies in Ireland weathering the current COVID-19 storm.

Published 24 March 2020

Irish trainees to compete in international 'virtual moot' after coronavirus cancellation

Irish trainee solicitors are set to compete in a "virtual moot" following the cancellation of the international rounds of the Price Moot Court Competition 2020.

Published 24 March 2020

Sarah O'Mahony: Practical considerations for both landlords and tenants

Sarah O'Mahony, associate in the real estate team at William Fry, explores the challenges ahead for landlords and tenants of commercial property.

Published 24 March 2020

Cork barrister with COVID-19 recovering at home

A Cork barrister who tested positive for coronavirus is recovering at home after three days in hospital.

Published 24 March 2020