Europe

GDPR Partner Addresses International Technology Summit

Michael Murphy, Partner, Holmes O’Malley Sexton, spoke on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at the Irish chapter of the World Legal Summit. Held at the Gaffney Room in the Distillery Building, Dublin on 1st August 2019, the Summit, organised by Brendan Guildea BL and Dr. David Cowan, was designed to bring disparate jurisdictions together in collaboration around building a better understanding of the evolving global technology regulation and governance. The categories addressed at the summit were:-

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Adjudication Explained

Ensuring prompt payment practices within the construction industry is important. Michael Murphy takes an expeditious look at the industry’s dispute resolution process adjudication.

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Defamation Risks and Social Media

A sharp increase in the number of defamation cases taken in the courts is linked to the growth in social media use.

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M&A Trends in the Insurance Industry

Consolidation is on the rise in the insurance industry, with significant M&A activity over the past few years at all levels in the industry. George Kennedy, Partner, amalgamates the figures.

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Architects’ Liability: Managing risk in an Increasingly Challenging Environment

With the economic recovery unfolding and an increasing focus upon procuring good quality residential and commercial developments, the services of architects are now very much ‘in demand’ again. The concern for architects is that, between new Regulations and recent developments in case law, they also face increasingly difficult challenges in terms of risk management and mitigation.

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Corporate Social Responsibility Round-Up

It has been a busy six months in our latest corporate social responsibility endeavours in the community, marketplace and workplace.

Robert Kennedy is the 2019 President of Limerick Solicitors Bar Association (LSBA) and is committed to providing solicitor training in Limerick together with philanthropical LSBA fundraising and donations to various charities in the region.

In other news we supported and sponsored the Insurance Institute Dinner in Adare and sponsored UL Bohs Blackrock for whom our very own Ed Kelly, Solicitor, is Captain. Shane Costelloe took part in the Grant Thornton 5K in Cork. Our team once again helped out with Team Limerick Clean Up 5 (TLC5) on Good Friday. The twice annual Transition Year Programme was again a popular week with students, most recently, this April. We were also pleased to continue with our Leaders at LIT Student Scholarship this year.

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Private Client department is top ranked in Chambers

The Private Client department at Cleaver Fulton Rankin has been top ranked in the latest edition of Chambers High Net Worth Guide.

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Build-to-Rent: Could it Solve Ireland’s Housing Shortage?

Investments soar in the Build-to-Rent sector in Ireland in line with the major increase in demand for rental accommodation. Sandra Egan, Partner, accommodates the pros and cons.

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New DOJ Antitrust Division policy incentivizes robust corporate antitrust compliance programs

Last week the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced a landmark new policy to incentivize companies to develop robust antitrust compliance programs. For the first time, the Antitrust Division will now consider a company’s antitrust compliance program as a factor in evaluating whether or not to bring criminal charges against the company and its officers.

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ICO proposes £184M fine for British Airways in first major GDPR sanction

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, today announced that it has provisionally determined that British Airways (BA) must pay a substantive fine for breach of the GDPR, in relation to a data breach that BA suffered in June 2018.  The reports state that the incident in part involved user traffic to the BA website being diverted to a fraudulent site, as a result of which customer details were harvested by the attackers. Personal data of approximately 500,000 customers were compromised in this incident.

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