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Compensation for shock on hearing of child’s death

Damages awarded for depression caused by shock of hearing of child’s death in road traffic accident Purcell vs Long [2015]IEHC 385 (High Court, Barr J, May 15th, 2015) High Court awards €225,150 to a mother who suffered severe depression triggered … Continue reading

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Companies Act, 2014 – an update

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has published a Table of Origins and a Table of Destinations for the Companies Act 2014 (the ‘Act’). For details see the Department’s website It is essential to read the guidelines provided with … Continue reading

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Making provisions for your pet in your will

There are a few options to consider such as leaving the pet and a sum of money to: an animal charity and asking the charity to find the pet an appropriate home the executors with instructions as to the testators’ … Continue reading

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Bogus Solicitors

The Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority (SRA) in England have issued many alerts regarding people pretending to be solicitors. The objective, in the main, is to rob people and/or legal firms of money. The SRA revealed that it is happening with increasingly … Continue reading

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Shopping around for a solicitor

Recently, Conor Pope in the Irish Times wrote an article on how to hire a solicitor. He spoke to 20 solicitors in his research – http://www.irishtimes.com/news/consumer/how-to-hire-a-solicitor-a-consumer-guide-1.2255692 It’s an interesting article with some good points, but not great ones! Firstly, I think … Continue reading

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Magna Carta 800 years old this week

Magna Carta = The great charter The Magna Carta’s symbolic role as the touchstone for human rights and modern democracy was celebrated on Monday 15th June by one of Britain’s leading judges as the country marked the 800th anniversary of … Continue reading

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Why we ask for money laundering documents and need to keep an eye on suspicious transactions

Under Irish and EU law solicitors are legally obliged, like banks, to be aware of the above. recently, a plenary session of the European parliament voted the 4th Money Laundering Directive into law in Strasbourg on Wednesday 20 May, 2015. … Continue reading

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Irish solicitors may get specialist accreditation

Solicitors cannot currently claim specialist knowledge in advertisements or other communications. This is a long established rule that is currently under review by a Committee of the Irish Law Society. So, for example, if you specialize in accident claims, you … Continue reading

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Gift Tax and Inheritance Tax hits harder in Ireland

An interesting article appeared in the most recent Sunday Independent, which pointed out that Ireland now has one of the harshest inheritance and gift tax regimes in the developed world.  The tax free thresholds ( what beneficiaries can get into … Continue reading

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More female solicitors than male solicitors in Ireland

The Director General of the Law Society of Ireland, Ken Murphy, said, “There were exactly 4,623 female practising solicitors and exactly 4,609 male practising solicitors at the close of 2014. It was just 92 years ago that the first woman … Continue reading

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