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As published in the Irish Examiner, December 12th 2019. Happily, because of the continually improving Irish economy, increasing numbers of the diaspora are returning to live and work in Ireland. Some may have been gone for a handful of years; others may be returning after decades of working overseas, but they have one thing in […]

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The European Commission has recently published the revised procurement thresholds that will apply to public bodies from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021 (inclusive). In summary, the thresholds have reduced for almost all types of contract (with the exception of light touch services, which remains €750,000 for the public sector and €1 million for […]

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As published in The Sunday Business Post, December 8th 2019. Many employers have a practice of paying Christmas bonuses – partly as a reward to staff for their contribution to the success of the business during the previous year, and partly to mark the festive season itself. A question that arises from time to time […]

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Minister Eoghan Murphy is seeking to reform the rules governing judicial review proceedings in order to expedite the planning process and delivery of strategic projects. The proposals are included in a General Scheme of the Housing Planning and Development Bill 2019 and the Bill is not yet published. Judicial review (“JR”) is the process by […]

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As published in the Sunday Business Post, December 1st 2019. “Tackling a toxic workplace culture and respecting minimum entitlements are among the things any company must do to avoid legal troubles in the future.” Elaine O’Regan considers the steps for employers to stay onside with the law, featuring head of employment, Patrick Walshe. Article available […]

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Black Friday is upon us once again and retailers have been gearing up for an increased flurry of sales. In recent years a practice has evolved of retailers offering customers the option to receive an electronic receipt at the check-out rather than handing the traditional paper receipt. Given that e-receipts are issued by email, some […]

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Andrew Tzialli is a partner in the Corporate team and head of the firm’s Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Group. Andrew’s practice primarily involves working on corporate transactions, including private equity and venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate re-structuring, corporate finance and banking. Many of the transactional matters Andrew works on are for clients that are […]

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It’s an unfortunate fact of life for employers that staff can sometimes enjoy themselves not wisely but too well at the Christmas party. While the majority of office functions pass without incident, every year a minority of employers have to consider disciplinary action because their employees behaved inappropriately. An added dimension for employers in the […]

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The Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) has published regulations (the Credit Union Act 1997 (Regulatory Requirements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (the “Regulations”)), to come into operation in January 2020 which will permit credit unions which meet certain criteria to undertake increased longer term home and business lending. Our January 2019 briefing (available here) looked at the […]

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Now, more Indians, including diaspora, heading to Ireland. There has been a clear surge in interest among both individuals and companies, in particular multinationals, looking to Ireland to establish an EU foothold in light of the UK decision to depart from the EU, resulting in more opportunities for non-EAA nationals to take up employment in […]

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