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Crash Landing for Restrictive Covenants?

Most employment contracts, in particular those of senior key individuals, will likely include a set of post-termination restrictive covenants. For example, a promise not to join a competitor for a set period post-employment. However, the question of whether such a contractual commitment is, in fact, truly enforceable, was recently addressed by the High Court following the 8 day hearing of Ryanair DAC v Peter Bellew.


English High Court Blocks Proposed Transfer of Annuity Policies Between Insurance Companies

English High Court objects to the scheme of transfer of £12 billion annuities from Prudential Assurance Company to Rothesay Life Plc


New Year, New Approach to Mandatory Retirement?

The continued trend of substantial compensation awards, against the backdrop of Ireland's ageing workforce and plans to increase the State pension age to 67 next year (and to 68 in 2028), is a cause of concern for employers attempting to balance their business needs without cutting across Ireland's equality laws.


ESMA Publishes Guidelines On SFTR Reporting

On 6 January 2020, ESMA published its Level 3 Guidelines for compliance with the obligation to report securities financing transactions under the SFTR.


Legal News - January 2020

Welcome to the January 2020 edition of Legal News. We at William Fry aim to keep you up to date on legal developments that may affect you or your business.


Dunnes Stores Appeal Case on Plastic Bag Levy

The recent Supreme Court judgment of Mr Justice MacMenamin in Dunnes Stores v Revenue Commissioners & Others [2019] IESC 50 considered the fundamental features of the plastic bag levy provisions contained in the Waste Management Act 1996 and related legislation.


Employment & Benefits 12 Days of Christmas - 2020

In the final instalment of our 12 Days of Christmas series, we look at some developments that we can expect in 2020.


Advisor to the CJEU in the Schrems II case finds standard contractual clauses remain valid

In an opinion delivered on 19 December 2019, Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe finds that the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) should declare that the Commission's decision on standard contractual clauses (SCCs), widely used for the international data transfers, is valid. William Fry represented BSA The Software Alliance, (which includes Microsoft, Apple, Workday, Adobe and others) before the Irish Court that made this reference.


Employment & Benefits 12 Days of Christmas - Pensions

In the penultimate instalment of our '12 Days of Christmas' series, we highlight three pension law developments from 2019.