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As published in The Sunday Times, 24 January 2021. Article by Graeme Lennox. As the value of the world’s most famous digital currency soars amid economic uncertainty, Graeme Lennox asks if now is a good time to invest in cryptocurrencies. Featuring head of our cryptocurrency and blockchain group, Andrew Tzialli. It has been called “digital […]

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Irish headquartered renewable energy company, Mainstream Renewable Power, has signed an agreement with Norway-based renewable energy investment company, Aker Horizons, which will acquire a 75% equity stake in the company. The Philip Lee M&A team led by John Given and Andreas McConnell was delighted to advise Mainstream on this transaction which, subject to regulatory approval, […]

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This briefing note is designed to assist employers in understanding what the Government’s new remote working plans mean in practice. These plans were announced earlier today. The Government has simultaneously announced that it intends to take action in relation to the “Right to Disconnect” from work. Remote working – what is intended? In a nutshell, […]

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Summary: On 21 December 2020, the Court of Appeal refused an application to stay a procurement process pending the appeal of a High Court decision to refuse the reliefs sought by the applicant in respect of a decision by Kildare County Council (“KCC”) to eliminate the applicant from the tender process. The High Court judgment […]

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Introduction Level 5 Lockdown – January 2021 On 31 December 2020 Ireland entered into another Level 5 lockdown provided for in the ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19’, which saw the closure of all non-essential businesses and the introduction of domestic travel restrictions. This provides that people are to remain within 5km […]

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The much-anticipated final Expert Group Report to Review the Law of Torts and the Current Systems for the Management of Clinical Negligence Claims, chaired by Mr Justice Charles Meenan (the Report), issued with little fanfare prior to Christmas. The Report which can be accessed here contains 17 recommendations summarised as follows: As clinical negligence claims […]

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As a staunch Trump ally, former Attorney General Bill Barr will be remembered for a lot of things. His role in the redaction, and then subsequent disclosure, of the Mueller report and his interventions in cases involving Trump associates spring to mind. However, perhaps his legacy will be something entirely different, with wider ramifications for […]

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As published in Renewable Energy Magazine, December 2020. Offshore wind will play a crucial role in Ireland meeting its climate targets and reaching 70 per cent renewable electricity by 2030. There are currently several challenges to be tackled to ensure the timely development of Irish offshore wind projects, one such challenge being the establishment of […]

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The government have published the Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020 (the “Bill”) which in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic grants discretion to credit unions to convene wholly or partially their AGMs this year virtually, via zoom or other electronic means, for a limited period of time between 30 January to April 2021 (the “Interim […]

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As published in Renewable Energy Magazine, December 2020. The pre-legislative scrutiny process for the proposed Marine Planning and Development Management Bill commenced at the end of November 2020, at the same time that a revised FAQ document (version 2) was published by the Department. The publication of the Bill itself is not expected until January […]

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