Coronavirus



Lawyers urged to consider settling 320 personal injury cases 'in limbo'

Lawyers have been urged by Ms Justice Mary Irvine, the new president of the High Court, to consider settling 320 personal injury cases which have been left "in limbo" since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 26 June 2020

England: Nightingale-style courts to address court backlog

New Nightingale-style courts will be opened to deal with the backlog of more than half a million criminal cases that have built up during the pandemic, The Times reports.

Published 26 June 2020

PSNI faces renewed calls to suspend use of 'unsafe' spit hoods

The PSNI is facing renewed calls to suspend its use of spit hoods following new evidence that they provide no protection from COVID-19 and could in fact increase the risk of infection.

Published 25 June 2020

Jason O'Sullivan: Post-lockdown employment law tips for employers

Jason O'Sullivan, solicitor and public affairs consultant at J.O.S Solicitors, sets out some tips for employers as public health restrictions begin to ease.

Published 25 June 2020

Physical prison visits to resume on phased basis next month

Physical prison visits will resume on a phased basis next month, nearly four months after their suspension during the COVID-19 crisis, the Irish Prison Service has announced.

Published 24 June 2020

Judicial review withdrawn after inspections of care homes resume

A judicial review brought in response to a decision to reduce the number of inspections in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic has been withdrawn following a U-turn by the Department of Health.

Published 23 June 2020

Eoin Brereton: COVID-19 guidance offers reassurance to company directors

Eoin Brereton, partner at Philip Lee, considers new guidance on directors' duties during COVID-19.

Published 23 June 2020

Katie McAuliffe: How COVID-19 is impacting healthcare litigation

Katie McAuliffe, senior associate at Mason Hayes & Curran, explores the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare litigation.

Published 23 June 2020

Ombudsman to investigate policing of protests during COVID-19

The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has launched an investigation into the PSNI's enforcement of public health regulations at large public gatherings, including recent Black Lives Matter protests.

Published 23 June 2020

Herbert Smith Freehills chief appointed to economic advisory group

The Belfast head of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has been appointed to a new advisory group established to help rebuild the Northern Ireland economy after COVID-19.

Published 19 June 2020

Dorit McCann: Using the 'failing firm defence' to justify mergers in a post COVID-19 world

Dorit McCann, partner at Beauchamps, considers whether firms emerging from the COVID-19 crisis with access to financing can use the "failing firm defence" to justify acquisitions of competitive businesses.

Published 18 June 2020

Ireland released 'relatively high' number of prisoners during early days of pandemic

Ireland released a relatively high number of prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new figures from the Council of Europe.

Published 18 June 2020

Labour Court to rely on 'combination of physical and virtual courtrooms'

The Labour Court has said it will continue to rely on a "combination of physical courtrooms and virtual courtrooms" in the medium term.

Published 17 June 2020

Introduction of police powers before Black Lives Matter protests 'purely coincidental'

The introduction of police powers used to fine dozens of Black Lives Matter protesters just hours before the protests began was "purely coincidental", ministers have said.

Published 17 June 2020

Cathy Colton: The legal pitfalls of altering licensed premises

Cathy Colton, partner at Carson McDowell, considers the legal pitfalls for businesses considering changes to licensed premises following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Published 16 June 2020