Coronavirus



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

Ethan Shattock: COVID-19 highlights why disinformation online is a rights-based issue

Researcher Ethan Shattock argues that disinformation is a human rights issue and a human rights approach is needed in potential regulatory responses.

Published 1 April 2020

New arrangements set out for criminal, family law and civil law business

The latest guidance from the Courts Service of Ireland in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, issued on Sunday night, is reproduced in full below.

Published 30 March 2020

Law Society calls for change to statute of limitations law

The Law Society of Ireland has called for legislation to ensure that the possible closure of court offices does not affect proceedings being issued urgently to comply with the statute of limitations.

Published 30 March 2020

Patrick Dunne: Soldiers on the streets does not mean we're heading towards martial law

Patrick Dunne urges reason in discussions about the lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Published 30 March 2020

ICO advises UK government it can use phone data to track coronavirus

The UK government has been advised by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that it can use anonymised mobile phone data in order to track people who have COVID-19.

Published 30 March 2020

UK ditches wrongful trading insolvency laws

The UK's wrongful trading law will be suspended to allow businesses to "weather the storm" of the coronavirus pandemic, Alok Sharma, the UK business secretary, has announced.

Published 30 March 2020

Evictions ban legislation extended to 'rent-a-room' arrangements and Travellers

Draft legislation to ban evictions during the coronavirus pandemic has been amended to widen its provisions to include "rent-a-room" arrangements and Traveller sites.

Published 27 March 2020

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