Winter Newsletter 2021/22

by Joe O'Malley December-10-2021 in Banking & Financial Services, Healthcare Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Property, Commercial & Business, Competition Law, Corporate, Data Protection, Employment Law, Insolvency & Restructuring, Public Sector, Technology, COVID-19

As we approach the end of another pandemic year, which has had more than its share of ups and downs, it’s timely to express our deep appreciation of your loyal support that has given great stability to us during another uncertain year. 

It has been a year that will be remembered for our incredible collective resilience in achieving, amongst many things the largest vaccination programme in our history and one of the most successful globally. 

Businesses have also been resilient and agile in continuing to find ways of navigating the difficulties and uncertainties with remarkable success.  We are greatly honoured to have been working with our clients in providing them with legal advice and representation during these challenging times. 

Despite the trepidation surrounding the path of the pandemic, our economic outlook is positive and our proven resilience and ability to deliver successful business outcomes during this period has never been more evident. 

Turning to the contents of this edition, I hope you find our articles and firm news of some interest. Please do contact me with any feedback or queries that you may have.

Finally, I take this opportunity to wish you and your families and colleagues a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year and we look forward to a continuing and successful relationship with you for many years ahead.


Joe O’Malley
Managing Partner

Corporate 2021: Reflections on the Last 12 Months

2021 has been another extraordinary year for Ireland – while it brought continued uncertainty and challenges for Irish business as we adjusted to living with COVID-19, investment into Ireland and by Irish companies outside Ireland surged. Read more

Author: Ken Casey

The Growing Role of Costs Differential Orders & Calderbank Letters

Costs Differential Orders are a useful tool in a defendant’s arsenal to ensure plaintiffs issue cases in the appropriate court jurisdiction. Calderbank Letters offer a mechanism to defendants to facilitate the early resolution of claims, and their role in civil litigation. Read more

Author: Fergal Mullins

Successful Succession Planning

As we come to the close of the year perhaps it’s time to look back. But it’s also a time to look forward and plan for the future. Two of the most basic documents we can put in place for succession planning are a will and an enduring power of attorney. Read more

Author: Owen Burke

Burnout in the Workforce – Considerations for Employers

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen a substantial rise in employees experiencing burnout across various sectors. Which is no surprise where 60% of Irish employees are feeling more stressed since the onset of the pandemic, according to a recent survey conducted by the Department of Work and Employment Studies at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. However, unfortunately, burnout has always been a commonplace feature in many of the queries we receive from both the employee and employer perspective. Read more

Author: Breda O'Malley

The Clock is Ticking – A Stark Reminder to Notify the Data Protection Commission Within 72 Hours of a Personal Data Breach.

In October of this year, the Circuit Court confirmed the Data Protection Commission’s (“DPC”) decision to fine Twitter €450,000. The DPC had found that Twitter had failed to comply with various obligations regarding the notification of data breaches to the DPC, including the requirement to notify the DPC within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach. Read more

Authors: Laura Fannin, Denise O'Shaughnessy

Rising Construction Costs - Impact on Development Finance

From our recent activity in the residential and commercial construction finance space it has become clear that one of the key challenges facing borrowers and funders is the issue of escalating costs on construction projects and the delays being experienced as a result. Read more

Authors: Michael Hanley, Danny Heffernan


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