Transition Year Law Day 2019

For the third year running, we held a Transition Year Law Day. This year, our Law Day was with the students of Colaiste Nano Nagle, Limerick. Twenty-one students took part. The Law Day is an intensive version of our Transition Year Programme which was a finalist in the national Chambers Ireland CSR Awards. The day aims to teach students about careers in law as well as offer insight and skills training.

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Better work-life balance for EU parents and carers

The EU Work – Life Balance Directive, which recently came into force, has the aim of creating a better labour environment, and equality between men and women with regard to labour market opportunities and treatment at work, and thus enabling “the reconciliation of work and family life for workers who are parents or carers”.

EU Work – Life Balance Directive

Directive (EU) 2019/1158 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers and repealing Council Directive 2010/18/EU (the “Directive”) has come into force, setting a deadline of 2 August 2022 for the transposition of its provisions into the national legislations of the EU Member States.

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Joint authorship of copyright: UK Court of Appeal tears up the script

A dispute concerning the screenplay for the 2016 Hollywood biographical comedy “Florence Foster Jenkins” (FFJ) – a film about a tone-deaf New York socialite who labours under the delusion that she is a talented opera singer – has this month produced a Court of Appeal decision centering on the parties’ own adjustment to reality. Apart from highlighting a perhaps lesser-considered pitfall of working with your other half, the judgment emphasises the practical difficulties of applying the test of joint authorship in English copyright law.

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Hungary is an ideal location for international tax planning. Below we summarize the 5 most important features of the Hungarian tax system that can make the country attractive for international investors and public and private multinational groups.

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Society of Young Solicitors’ Environmental Themed Annual Conference

Michael Murphy, Partner, Holmes O’Malley Sexton, was recently invited by Alex Kennedy, chairperson of the Society of Young Solicitors to chair their Annual Conference at the Strand Hotel, Limerick, 11th to 13th October 2019. He was joined by several different speakers who gave a variety of different perspectives on “Sustainability and the Environment from a Solicitor’s Perspective.” The conference was proudly sponsored by Brightwater.

Michael commented,

“The environmental challenge is far from straightforward, drawing upon issues as diverse as the often populist nature of the movement, the urban and rural dichotomy, the role of the European Union, the impact of globalisation and capitalism and, at its crux, the necessity to strike a balance between economic and environmental sustainability.”

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While the number of people employed in teleworking or home office is growing rapidly across the world, many firms are not aware of what this entails in legal terms. Yet, those employing workers outside of the office are often faced with unexpected risks.


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The Italian Code of Business Crisis

The Italian Code of Business Crisis
The article published in the last issue of EuroFenix, by Giorgio Cherubini and Giovanna Canale, analyzes the measures of the Italian Code of Business Crisis entered into force in March 2019, in particular articles 356, 375, 378 and 379.
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Expert Determination Explained

Expert determination is a private method of dispute resolution whereby disputing parties appoint an expert to determine their dispute. We take a purposeful look at the small print of this resolution method.

In Brief

Expert determination is a private method of dispute resolution whereby disputing parties appoint an expert to determine their dispute. It is most used in the areas of valuation and assessment. In certain cases, it can have significant advantages over arbitration.

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Working with Headway Ireland, our Charity Partner

Last Wednesday, 25th September 2019, Robert Bourke, Partner, and Solicitors Sarah Falvey, Rachael O’Shaughnessy and Sean Fitzgerald met at the Headway Ireland office in Limerick, to present a cheque to Kieran Loughrane, CEO of Headway, and Rella Galvin, Rehabilitation Manager. Our team raised over €6,800 for Headway. This will assist Headway in opening their “Wellness Vault” to deliver holistic therapies and relaxation areas.

We are honoured to partner with the charity Headway and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.

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Partner Michael Murphy Finalist as Lawyer of the Year in Early Career Awards

Partner, Michael Murphy, has been announced as a finalist for the “Lawyer of the Year” award in the 2019 Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards.

The Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards 2019, in association with KBC Bank Ireland, are business awards focusing on young professionals of Ireland which are designed to celebrate their achievements. Winners will be announced at the awards event on 24th October 2019, at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

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