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SEOs declared invalid – key issues for employers in Ireland

The recent decision of the Irish High Court in National Electrical Contractors of Ireland v the Labour Court, the Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation Ireland and the Attorney General (2019 No. 280 JR) will have a significant impact on employers and employees currently bound by Sectoral Employment Orders (SEO) in the electrical contracting, mechanical engineering, building and construction sectors.

Zuckerberg and the Facebook ad boycott how will it end

The #StopHateforProfit campaign was launched just over two weeks ago, on 17 June 2020, with a striking advert in the LA Times asserting that Facebook had “allowed incitement to violence against protestors fighting for racial justice in America.” The campaign urged advertisers to hit Facebook in their pockets and withdraw their advertising from the site in the month July. […]

Looking to the future with a new UK insolvency regime

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) promises to bring into effect a mixture of temporary measures to alleviate the problems created by the Covid-19 pandemic and some permanent reforms to the UK restructuring and insolvency regime.


Couderts wins EBRD work

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has appointed Coudert Brothers, a firm it dropped from its panel last year, to advise the Russian Federal Commission for Securities Markets on securities market reform. Couderts was one of more than 90 firms dropped from the EBRD panel in November (The Lawyer 24 November). But surviving […]

CFAs should not affect objectivity

Your article on barristers’ fears about Conditional Fee Agreements (The Lawyer 29 March) suggests that “if their income is riding on the outcome of cases, barristers will not be objective in the advice they give”. So what’s new? Under the old legal aid system which is now being dismantled, barristers’ incomes were also dependent on […]


Freshfields is acting for Financial Security Assurance in the establishment of a eurobond issuance programme of up to u1bn for the financing of public private partnership and public sector -related projects. Rotch Property Group is sponsoring and promoting the programme

Lawyers' relief on mental health law

Mental health lawyers are expressing relief that the Lord Chancellor has finally announced action on mental incapacity law – they say he has been dragging his feet on the issue for far too long. The Government last week published a consultation paper seeking views on the draft Hague Convention on the Protection of Adults, which […]

Quote of the week

“Henceforth, all former heads of government are potentially at risk.” – Lady Margaret Thatcher, speaking in the House of Lords for the first time in three years to issue a staunch attack on the arrest of General Augusto Pinochet. She is allegedly fearful that she may suffer a similar fate if she travels abroad again.

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