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Interlocutory Injunctions – The Fallout from the Supreme Court Decision in Merck Sharp & Dohme

This article discusses a recent Court of Appeal decision that answers a question that arose for practitioners from the Supreme Court judgment in Merck Sharp & Dohme: Whether the new approach to injunctions would apply in intellectual property cases only, or if it would affect general commercial cases?


Employee or Self-Employed? High Court Delivers First Judgment on Employment Status in the Gig Economy

High Court delivers significant first judgment on employment status of pizza delivery drivers, affirming a determination of the Tax Appeals Commissioners that pizza delivery drivers had been employed under a contract of service for income tax purposes despite terms to the contrary in their contract with the company.


William Fry Data Protection Day Update 2020

To mark International Data Protection Day 2020, our Technology & Data Protection team round-up some of the key data protection stories of 2019 and look ahead to the likely events of 2020. You can keep up to date with the latest insights on our website and follow us on Twitter @WFIDEA.


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.