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Ireland Launches Intellectual Property and Technology Court and Reforms IP Disputes Procedures

Under new Court Rules which come into operation on 22 October 2021, Intellectual Property cases and complex technology disputes can be listed before a newly established Intellectual Property and Technology division of Ireland's Commercial Court. We explore this development and its impact for businesses in this short briefing.

COVID-19 Emergency Measure Redundant as Suspended Redundancy Entitlement for Employees Returns

Companies may face increased redundancy claims following the re-instatement of entitlements for employees on lay-off/short time

The Corporate Enforcement Authority – A Milestone in Corporate Enforcement in Ireland

The Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Bill 2021, proposes that a new independent statutory body with increased resources will replace the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE). The current range of powers held by the ODCE will carry over to the new authority, to be known as the Corporate Enforcement Authority (CEA). The current Director of Corporate Enforcement, Ian Drennan, has remarked that the CEA will “continue to build on the ODCE’s forensic and robust approach towards tackling serious breaches of company law and associated wrongdoing in both civil and criminal realms”. In this note we look behind the proposed new CEA structure.

European Court Confirms that Electronically Supplied Software Constitutes ‘Goods’ under the Commercial Agents Directive

Following a recent decision from the CJEU, commercial agents that negotiate the sale of software on a perpetual licence may be entitled to protections under the Commercial Agents Directive and the Irish transposing regulations.

Less Than 3 Months To Next SFDR Compliance Deadline

Check out our decision tree to determine the scope and impact of the 1 January 2022 SFDR deadline.

The Final Whistle Blows for Gender Pay Gap in Irish Senior Football

The FAI has announced that men's and women's senior football teams will receive equal international match fees with immediate effect.

SCSI Contracting for Surveyors – Current Trends 2021

Legal issues and trends to be considered when drafting and managing construction documents will reflect the risks associated with that project. Legal issues to be managed by Surveyors in 2021 include the implementation of Environmental, Social and Governance, the impact of Covid-19 and BREXIT on the costs and availability of labour and materials and increased pressures to supply chain deliveries, trends in performance security and insurance , the adequacy of RIAI and PWC standard forms of contract and the use PSC contracts and the enforcements of adjudication decisions by the Courts following Aakon Construction Services Ltd v Pure Fitout Associated Limited [2021] IEHC 562 in Ireland.