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2021 Conveyancing Guide now available

We realised our old Conveyancing Guide was now hopelessly out of date, so there was nothing for it only to update it for 2021. We try to be as honest as possible, don't do any hard sell, try and get you to jump through hoops, or make your life more difficult than it needs to be in any way, [...]

By |2021-09-06T22:16:12+01:00September 6th, 2021|

We are hiring

We are seeking three staff for our busy practice in Glanmire. 1) Legal Secretary This is a permanent role involving the following Liaising with clients, banks, construction professionals and legal professionals on a daily basis Answering telephone calls and diary management. Dictation typing  Scanning, photocopying and general file management.  Supporting Solicitors with various administrative tasks including preparation of court briefs [...]

By |2021-09-03T12:05:21+01:00September 3rd, 2021|

Google Reviews, the rule of Law, and Big Tech having a laugh

We note that today the office of the Irish Data Protection Commission levied a fine of €225m on Whatsapp, a messaging arm of Facebook. This was done in the context of outrage from a number of other European Data Protection Commissioners. They felt quite rightfully that the original proposed fine of €30m was far too low given the revenues of [...]

By |2021-09-02T15:07:47+01:00September 2nd, 2021|

Covid 19, Data Protection and the Workplace. An explosive mix?

It appears that many solicitors have expressed their views on the legal issues that will arise from people returning to the workplace post Covid. The only common ground shared is that “there are legal issues!” The following should not be taken as legal advice, and has no basis more reliable than our own meandering experience (to misquote Baz Luhrmann). Can [...]

By |2021-08-18T18:01:23+01:00August 17th, 2021|

HSE Cyber Attack – July Update

It remains something of a surprise to us that there has been so little media coverage of late of the HSE Cyber Attack. Almost two months has now passed since the hacking incident and it appears that health services are still greatly affected and the Health Service Executive remains remarkably reticent to say what happened. They are even slower to [...]

By |2021-07-08T23:07:32+01:00July 8th, 2021|

HSE Cyber Attack – A guide to the Law

Following from our blog post this day last week two things became immediately obvious; firstly people were very interested in the issue, and secondly, no one really understood the Law surrounding the GDPR, and the potential exposure the HSE has created for the Irish State. We have now written as well researched and cited a guide on the law as [...]

By |2021-07-02T12:56:55+01:00May 24th, 2021|

HSE Cyber Attack – Open Letter to Minister Donnelly

Mondays blog post generated quite a response. Although we were not named by Minister Donnelly, we must assume we (and no doubt other colleagues) were being referred to on the 20th May in his Newstalk interview (HSE cyber attack: 'Distasteful' legal firms 'licking their lips' at thoughts of suing State | Newstalk) We were afforded the right of reply, which [...]

By |2021-07-08T22:57:52+01:00May 21st, 2021|

HSE Cyber Attack

As experts in Data Protection we have got numerous phone calls in the past few days in relation to the HSE Cyber Attack. Many people are genuinely worried what the implication of this attack are for them. For now, it is too early to say with any degree of certainty, but as time passes the true cost and implications of [...]

By |2021-07-02T12:55:07+01:00May 17th, 2021|

The Wildlife Act & Cutting Hedges

We have had a number of queries from clients with developmental and agricultural holdings in respect of the legality (or illegality) of cutting hedges during the "closed season". The Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended) provides that it is illegal to cut hedges from the 1st March to the 31st August. This is for the very good reason that birds and [...]

By |2021-03-09T11:53:36+00:00March 9th, 2021|
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