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Background On the 21 January 2020 the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK (the “ICO”) issued the Age Appropriate Design Code (the “Code”) – a code of practice that sets 15 standards that online services should reach in order to protect children’s privacy. The need for such a code is reflected in this statement from […]

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We were delighted to advise retail tech start-up NearSt in raising £2 million in seed funding from investors. Founded in 2015 by Nick Brackenbury, NearSt drives customers back into high street shops by enabling local shops to list live in-store inventory. Further information available here.

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Partner and Head of EU and Competition Law, Ronan Dunne, was delighted to contribute to the latest edition of the European Competition and Regulatory Law Review (CoRe), providing an update on developments in Irish merger control law. Full report available here. Published by Lexxion, (CoRe 1/2020 Vol. 4).

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A Procurement Law Forum on ‘Lessons Learned from the Word Perfect Litigation’ will take place on February 19 in the Distillery Building at The Bar of Ireland. Partner Clare Cashin will be speaking at this event, which will examine the various aspects of the Word Perfect litigation. The topics of automatic suspension and damages, the duty […]

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The MetroLink project involves the development of 19km (12km in tunnel) urban railway and includes 16 new stations, proposed to run from Estuary on Dublin’s northside to Charlemont via Dublin Airport and St. Stephen’s Green. The MetroLink will link Dublin Airport, Irish Rail, DART, Dublin Bus and Luas services, creating fully integrated public transport in […]

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Partner Simon O’Neill was delighted to contribute the Ireland country report to the special 15 year anniversary edition of the IFN Islamic Finance guide. Simon’s article, on the progress of Islamic Finance in Ireland, can be accessed here.  

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The Irish High Court has recently confirmed that solar PV projects are not a project type listed in the EIA Directive – see Sweetman v An Bord Pleanála and Others, judgment delivered by Mr Justice McDonald on 31 January 2020. It does not necessarily follow from this judgment, however, that that solar projects will never […]

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Philip Lee is delighted to announce the appointment of Marie Kinsella as Partner. Marie brings a wealth of experience to the firm with her specialist expertise in the areas of financial services regulation, healthcare and pharmaceutical law, public and administrative law, criminal investigations, statutory and non-statutory inquiries and regulatory. She has advised on and represented clients […]

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The Supreme Court decision in Balz v An Bord Pleanála 1 highlights the importance for all public body decision makers to give sufficient reasons for their decisions. The facts of the case relate to a planning permission by An Bord Pleanála (“the Board”) for the erection of 11 Wind Turbines. However, the principle of the […]

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Independent international solar developer Elgin Energy has secured a fourth fundraise for £4.7 million to provide capital to complete late stage development of 250 megawatts of UK solar projects. This was the second successful fundraise completed in partnership with Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland. Both fundraises will be used to finance late stage development of Elgin Energy’s UK pipeline. […]

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