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Competition: Altice fined €124.5m for ‘gun jumping’

By Marco Hickey A fine of €124.5m has been imposed on Altice by the European Commission for breaching EU merger control rules by implementing its acquisition of PT Portugal before the transaction had been cleared by the Commission…

Rejecting settlement offers led to an adverse costs award

By Sean Barrett and Shane Neville A party to proceedings may make an offer to settle the dispute in “open correspondence” for tactical purposes, which will result in a shift in the costs risk of litigation. In O’Reilly v Neville & Ors, costs were awarded against the Plaintiffs, the O’Reillys, following their rejection of an […]

Trade secrets: Retailers don’t get left on the shelf

By Aideen Burke, Peter Bolger and Jeanne Kelly The EU Trade Secrets Directive (EU 2016/943) (the “Directive”) clarifies and strengthens the current protection available to trade secrets in Ireland. Trade secrets may be of particular relevance to retailers, who can often have commercially valuable information and materials which are not otherwise protectable by traditional forms […]

GDPR in Ireland: Key steps for employers

By Aoife Bradley and Jennifer O’Neill The GDPR substantially increases the obligations and responsibilities on organisations and businesses in relation to how they collect, use and protect personal data.  All employers are data controllers and data processors in respect of the personal data of their employees.  Employers should take some key preparatory steps to ensure […]

Ireland: Employment law legislative update, 1 February to 19 April 2018

By Aoife Bradley and Roisin Lawler In this edition of our regular update on legislative developments in employment law, we discuss a number of proposals for new legislation, including Private Members’ Bills, on subjects as diverse as the impact of extreme weather on employees to the protection of maternity leave for members of both houses […]

Recent developments in Irish immigration law

By Jennifer O’Neill and Aoife Bradley Jennifer O’Neill’s review of recent changes to Irish immigration law and policy will be of practical assistance to employers based in Ireland or overseas, that wish to engage non-EEA employees, or to relocate employees to Ireland…

Ireland: Costs for failing to comply with new High Court practice direction

By Grace Toher and Shane Neville A new High Court Practice Direction, “HC75 – Certificates of readiness in non- jury and chancery actions”, issued by the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Kelly, came into force on Monday, 9 April 2018. The new High Court Practice Direction (HC75) provides that…

Ireland: Changes for the Central Bank’s IF Annual Sub-Fund Profile return

The IF Annual Sub-­Fund Profile Form is a standard form questionnaire, which each authorised sub-­fund is required to complete in order for the Central Bank to gather information on items such as the investment strategy, dealing frequency and functional currency of authorised funds. The Annual Sub-­Fund Profile Form was filed with the Central Bank through […]

Courts moot extending the duration of a bankruptcy

By Grace Toher and Jennifer Clarke The Bankruptcy (Amendment) Act 2015 reduced the normal duration of bankruptcy from three years to one year. Up until December 2013 the standard period had been twelve years – so the reduction was a fundamental change and it was seen as a very “pro-debtor” reform of law, which was […]

Virtual currencies and blockchain technology

By Damien Barnaville A discussion paper on “Virtual Currencies and Blockchain Technology” was published by the Department of Finance on 22 March 2018. The paper presents the Department’s recent research into virtual currencies and the blockchain ecosystem that exists in Ireland, Europe and globally…

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