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Follow our COVID-19 Hub for legal and business updates relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our cross-sectoral team is available to support your business through this challenging time with expert advice, and practical and innovative solutions. 

 

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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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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As published in the Engineers Journal, November 13th 2020. Subsea fibre optic cables transfer 99% of transoceanic data, operating at the speed of light and on a global scale. They are the physical structures which enable international connectivity in virtually all areas of our lives, including internet access, video calls, gaming and content-streaming services, not […]

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In Part 1 of the Philip Lee Green Finance Series we looked at the background to climate change crisis, the EU Green Deal, and its component parts. In Part 2 we look at the EU Green Taxonomy (the “Taxonomy”) and forthcoming disclosure and reporting requirements for companies and institutions. The Taxonomy entered into force on […]

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Climate Finance Week Ireland 2020 this year takes place against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like a lot of events this year it has moved to a virtual platform but its context has never been so relevant. In the first part of our Philip Lee Green Finance Series we look at the architecture of […]

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Introduction On Monday this week the Government announced that Ireland will enter into Level 5 of the framework of restrictions provided for in the ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19’. The new restrictions took effect from midnight last night and will remain in place for the next six weeks until 1 December […]

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Across the EU a range of broadly applied legislative and non-legislative payment moratoria were made available to borrowers to address the extraordinary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, amongst other support measures. The European Banking Authority (EBA) has been monitoring the range of actions and notifications made to it by banks in order to support customers […]

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The Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 (“the Act”) is now in force. It was introduced by the Irish Government in response to the challenges posed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and seeks to meet the immediate difficulties faced in civil and criminal proceedings. Chief among the provisions introduced by […]

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As published in the Business Post, September 13th 2020. The current situation, where millions of employees are working from home, looks unlikely to change any time soon. So what steps can employers take to plan for this new long-term reality? What a difference a year makes. This time 12 months ago, employers and employees alike […]

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COVID-19 has thrown into sharp relief how many areas of company law compliance depend on simple face-to-face human interactions. In this environment the Oireachtas has passed the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Covid-19) Act 2020 (the “Companies Act 2020”), which was commenced on 21st August. The Companies Act 2020 seeks to address many of the practical difficulties […]

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