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Channel Islands employment law update – July 2020

Jersey Tribunal rules HR advisers not protected by legal privilege The Jersey Employment Tribunal (the Tribunal) in David Slater v Consolidated Minerals[1] sought to consider an interesting question concerning discovery: whether HR consultants are protected by legal advice privilege, given their status as non-legally qualified advisers. In the context of a constructive unfair dismissal claim, […]



Top 30 Northern Ireland law firms

Northern Irish firms have not expanded at the rate of their Dublin colleagues, but the outlook is good provided that the new political accommodation goes according to plan. In terms of growth, Belfast firm Madden & Finucane has moved to the number one slot. The firm, which represented Sinn Fein in the recent political negotiations, […]

Health care rights

The Council of Europe, the umbrella organisation containing the European Court of Human Rights, publishes The human rights, ethical and moral dimensions of health care, in June. It aims to be a guide to the rights of patients, patients’ families, doctors, nurses and carers, through precedents set in 120 case studies.

In brief: CJD victims' families win right to sue for £1m

The families of eight people who contracted CJD from a contaminated human growth hormone have won the right to sue the Government for compensation of more than £1m. One of the mothers, Maureen Newman, said she would not have been able to fight the case without legal aid.

Loeff Claeys Verbeke opens in London

Benelux firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke plans to open a London office by 1 September. Sietze Hepkema, the firm’s spokesperson, said the office, to be based in the City and staffed by two partners and four associates, would be “independent” of six-year alliance partner Allen & Overy. But Hepkema said there were no plans for the […]

Reform on the road to peace

A review of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland is central to a lasting peace settlement, reports Fiona Doherty. Fiona Doherty is a barrister. The recent history of Northern Ireland has spawned a legacy of distrust and injustice on all sides. In this context there can be no more urgent mission than the review […]

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