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Guide to Establishing a Business Entity in Ireland

A. Introduction

As a common law jurisdiction, Ireland’s legal system is similar to that of the US and the UK and businesses can be carried on in Ireland in several different ways, including as sole traders, partnerships or companies.

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Mediation Explained

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can”
Abraham Lincoln

Following an EU Directive, the Mediation Act was enacted in Ireland in 2017. It came into force on 1st January 2018 and establishes a statutory framework designed to promote the resolution of disputes through mediation as a viable, efficient and cost-effective alternative to court proceedings. Various published statistics suggest the mediation process enjoys a 65% to 80% success rate.

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BKP in The Lawyer Ranking of The Business Magazine TREND

We are delighted to be named one of the leading law firms in Austria and one of the 20 largest in the country in the 2019 graduate ranking of the business magazine trend.

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SCC Restores Adjudicator’s Award in Residential School Settlement

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) held that courts had the jurisdiction to supervise residential school settlement agreements on an ongoing basis.
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DOJ Updates Criminal Division’s 2017 Guidance Emphasizing Proactive Compliance

On April 30, 2019, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski announced that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) had published an updated version of the Criminal Division’s 2017 guidance publication “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs.”  In making the announcement, Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski said the update was designed to “better harmonize the prior Fraud Section publication with other Department guidance and legal standards.”  He noted that DOJ also sought “to provide additional transparency in how [it] will analyze a company’s compliance program.”

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Thirteen RCCB Attorneys were selected as 2019 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC (RCCB), a law firm offering a distinctive combination of practical business acumen, legal expertise and entrepreneurial passion, today announced that thirteen attorneys have been selected as 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

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Washington State’s New Law Limits Enforceability of Noncompetition Agreements

Non-competes are going to be harder to enforce in Washington State.  On May 8, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed the “Act Relating to Restraints, Including Noncompetition Covenants, on Persons Engaging in Lawful Professions, Trades or Businesses,” which was passed by both houses of the state legislature in April.

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Employment Law This Week®: EEOC Pay Data Deadline, Class Arbitration Ruling, Scope of Title VII, Marijuana Drug Test Ban, “Wage Theft” Hearing

This Employment Law This Week® Monthly Rundown discusses the most important developments for employers heading into May 2019.

First up this month, the confusion is over for employers. EEO-1 pay data does not need to be submitted to the EEOC by the end of the month. In what may be the final chapter of the EEO-1 pay data reporting issue, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that the deadline would be postponed until September 30, 2019. Our colleague Robert J. O’Hara shares his insights in this month’s episode.

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Under Attack – Is Your Company Covered?

Cyber attacks and cyber crime against businesses are increasing every day. Michael Murphy explains cyber insurance cover

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Howard & Howard Donates to Michigan Autism Partnership, Judson Center, and Ted Lindsay Foundation

Howard & Howard has donated to three Michigan nonprofit groups as part of its 150th anniversary “12 Months of Giving” initiative. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the organizations receiving the contributions are Michigan Autism Partnership, Judson Center, and Ted Lindsay Foundation.

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