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Ireland Update – Use of Electronic Signatures on Regulatory Documents and Forms

In a statement published on 24 August 2020, the Central Bank of Ireland (the “Central Bank”) confirmed to regulated firms that its policy regarding the use of electronic signatures is that, in the absence of any specific legal provisions to the contrary, regulated firms may use electronic signatures in submitting regulatory documents and forms to […]

The rise of legal platforms and why they matter

In the past, I have spoken about the possibility of a tsunami of change within the legal industry. It is something I have been carefully watching for several years and things now seem to be rapidly accelerating.

Protected disclosures: update for employers in Ireland

The recent High Court decision of John Clarke v. CGI Food Services Limited and CGI Holding Limited [2020] IEHC 368 demonstrates the broad scope of the definition of protected disclosures under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.

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Out of all the years to choose from and McDermott Will & Emery picks 2020 for its London office reboot. The US firm’s City base is well on track to add more new partners than it did last year; it has already added four new members compared to six throughout the whole of 2019. McDermott […]

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RPC fails to overturn privacy appeal for Bloomberg

Byrne and Partners secured victory over RPC for its anonymous client ZXC, as Bloomberg failed to overturn a High Court decision on privacy rights. It was the Court of Appeal that sided with the respondent on Friday, which ruled upon whether criminal suspects have a reasonable expectation to privacy, and if so, when. This specific […]

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Stevens & Bolton embroiled in deceit claim from former client

Allegations of dishonest assistance and deceit have been made by a former client of Stevens & Bolton, with a trial expected next year in relation to a series of property deals on which the firm worked. Mr Justice Birss yesterday rejected part of a strike-out application made by Stevens & Bolton to dismiss elements of […]

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