Ireland

There appears to be no let-up in the Irish boom, and with increasing political stability in the North, the good times have also reached Belfast.

This report examines some of the key areas of the market north and south of the border that are driving the boom and which are benefiting from new legislation.

In the North a significant number of infrastructure projects – on hold while the political environment inches towards stability – look to have received the green light.

In the South the advent of qualifying investor funds and recent legislative changes have given a boost to the already booming funds industry, offering a fast-track to market of a fully regulated product.

Rising property prices in Dublin and elsewhere, coupled with the arrival of the Commercial Court in Ireland two years ago, are also keeping the litigators busy.

(See www.thelawyer.com for more on the Irish Special Report.)