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Gift & Inheritance

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Parents will often consider as to whether or not to gift property to the children or let the children inherit on their death.  This can be a difficult decision to make and each case should be looked at on its own merits.  Clearly the parents will need to retain sufficient assets for their own well…

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Health & Safety at Work Act 2005

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The pandemic has changed many things one of which is in the way in which we work.  At the first lock down most people were told to stay at home and indeed work from home.  Jobs that were previously considered as essential to have office attendance were no longer so.  Now that the issue has…

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False Information

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Dobbyn & McCoy have recently become aware that various businesses in Waterford have received letters purporting to come from our office.  The letters purport to be from Dobbyn & McCoy advising businesses that their policy of excluding persons from premises who do not wear facemasks is unlawful.  All our clients should note that these letters…

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Surrogacy

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Donor assisted human reproduction has become an increasing phenomenon in Irish Society.  Surrogacy be it on a formal or informal basis has become more and more prevalent.  The Law has lagged behind the science in this area.  Accordingly, there is very little regulation.  This leaves persons entering the process in an uncertain situation, it also…

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Family Law – Maintenance

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Clients often ask how much maintenance should my spouse/partner be paying me.  Each case is different and is often decided on its own facts.  There have been several calls to regularise the position of maintenance to give certainty in terms of the advice that Solicitors/Barristers may give to clients.  A recent case involving a farmer…

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Rights of Way

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Rights of way are notoriously complicated and can give rise to a lot of litigation in the Irish legal system.  The Law relating to rights of way has been vague and evolved over centuries.  This has made it difficult for Solicitors to advise their clients as to the existed creation and longevity of a right…

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Misuse of Drugs Act

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The High Court recently declared that the mandatory minimum sentence for serious drug offences is unconstitutional.  The Misuse of Drugs Act stated that a person had to receive at least a 10 year term of imprisonment if they had been previously convicted of having drugs worth more than €13,000.00 in their possession.  The High Court…

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Chief Justice

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The Supreme Court Judge Donal O’Donnell is set to become the next Chief Justice after the Government approved his nomination on the 28th May.  He will replace Frank Clarke who will step down later this year after reaching retirement age of 70.  Mr. Justice O’Donnell was born in Belfast and called to the Bar of…

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Bringing a claim in the correct venue

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Bringing a claim in the correct venue A recent Court of Appeals decision shows the importance of bringing a claim in the correct venue.  In a recent case the Plaintiff brought her case in the High Court.  She was awarded €76,000.00 in the High Court, however, that was appealed by the Defendant to the Court…

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Racism – A Legal Framework

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Racism – A Legal Framework Racism has become a serious issue in Ireland in recent years. In fact, the Workplace Relations Commission noted that discrimination on the grounds of race is the most commom complaint it receives. Ireland has various statutory protections prohibiting discrimination in respect of employers/employees relations and the provision of services. The…

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