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As published in the Times, July 2018. We keep hearing it: Brexit means Brexit. A hard Brexit. A soft Brexit. A cherry-picked, fantastical Brexit. Perhaps increasingly likely, a no-deal Brexit. This mess may be of the UK’s making, but borders are not impervious to spilt milk. Souring as it flows, that mess will meander its […]

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Early December 2017 witnessed the reveal of FIDIC’s newest versions of its 1999 Red, Yellow and Silver Books, otherwise known as the Rainbow Suite. This Second Edition of the 1999 version was cited by FIDIC as bringing in wording which would ultimately enhance the certainty and transparency of the standard provisions. Chief among these is […]

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The claimants in this challenge were the incumbent providers of public health and nursing services. When the contract came up for renewal the Council awarded the contract to another provider (Virgin Care). When challenged, the Council sought to have the automatic suspension on concluding the contract lifted. The Court examined the principles for granting such […]

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The Employment Permits Section of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is currently experiencing a backlog of employment permit applications and has apologised to customers experiencing difficulties as a result of the delays. The current processing times for standard Employment Permit applications is over thirteen weeks, up from the typical six to eight weeks, […]

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This briefing looks at two property-related enactments from Finance Act 2017 that can result in a tangible financial return where the provisions have application. The first provision relates to an existing exemption from capital gains tax on the disposal of certain property (commonly referred to as the 7-year exemption). The exemption was modified to provide […]

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As published in the Sunday Business Post, July 2018. The ongoing dispute within the Kilkenny Group has attracted a lot of coverage in recent months. It appears that the parties now intend to allow the courts to resolve the dispute, recent talks apparently having broken down. The dispute arises from the dismissal of the chief […]

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Against a backdrop of potential global trade wars and increasingly protectionist policies by the US administration, the European Commission issued Google with a record fine of €4.34 billion on Wednesday, 18 July. This is the largest EU fine for an antitrust breach ever levied on a single firm, smashing the previous record of €2.42 billion […]

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Philip Lee was delighted to sponsor Ireland’s Ancient East Cycle Challenge 2018.  On a sunny July weekend, we took part in the challenge, cycling the beautiful historic countryside of North Dublin, Meath and Louth, covering 120 KM and raising much needed funds.  It was our pleasure to support the Alzheimer Society of Ireland with the […]

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With six hearings and six judgments in the space of as many months, the Word Perfect litigation has raced through the courts at an incredible pace, setting new precedents at every turn. Now that the Court of Appeal has decided in Word Perfect’s favour, it’s time to take stock of what happened throughout the course […]

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Sustainable Finance: Converging Responsible Finance, ESG, Ethical Finance and Green Finance to deliver real impact. As published by the Responsible Finance and Investment Foundation (RFI) on 10th July 2018: Climate change and sustainability are not terms commonly associated with financial services. That is set to change following the release of the EU High Level Expert […]

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