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PIA Appeal to be instituted by Debtor or PIP?

Section 115A of the Personal Insolvency Acts (the “Acts”) requires that any appeal under the Acts is to be brought by the debtor’s Personal Insolvency Practitioner (the “PIP”).  Most Personal Insolvency Arrangement (“PIA”) Appeals were initially commenced by the relevant PIP but in recent times some debtors have commenced such appeals in their own name.  

14 Sep 2017

Unnotified Monitoring of Employee’s Emails is a Breach of the European Convention on Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights has held that the monitoring of an employee’s electronic communications is a violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Article 8 enshrines the right to respect for private life and correspondence.

08 Sep 2017

Clarification on the role of a McKenzie Friend

In recent years the Irish Courts have experienced a significant increase in the incidence of lay litigants in civil cases. In our experience there are a number of “professional” non-lawyers assisting the lay litigants with the preparation and presentation of their cases to the Courts. In many instances these non-lawyers have sought to argue and advocate the lay litigants’ cases for them, saying that they are a “McKenzie Friend” of the lay litigant.   

31 Aug 2017

Payment on account of costs pending taxation

In recent times, the taxation of costs whereby the amount of legal costs payable was independently determined, has been hampered by significant delays.  As a result solicitors and barristers often did not get paid until long after a matter had concluded.

23 Aug 2017

Companies (Accounting) Act 2017-‘Floating Charges – Clarity of Priority’

The Companies (Accounting) Act 2017 (the ‘Act’) provides welcome clarity on the position of crystallised floating charge holders in relation to their priority over preferential creditors.

26 Jul 2017

Fast Track Planning

The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act, 2016 (‘the Act’) came into force on 23 December 2016. The Act provides new protections for residential tenants and amends the planning code by introducing a fast-track planning procedure for “Strategic Housing Developments’.

26 Jun 2017