Is PIAB really “better” for Claimants?

Our view is that without proper representaion a claimaint is walking into a lion's den when engaging with PIAB. The system for resolving personal injuries claims in Ireland is currently broken. We would probably not have said this 24 months ago. We would have said that if your injuries were minor, if you did not have any huge loss of [...]

By |2021-11-21T22:39:35+00:00November 21st, 2021|

HSE Data Breach – September Update (is the truth starting to come out?)

On the 15th May 2021 the Data Protection Officer (DPO) for the HSE made a data breach notification to the Data Protection Commission. In that notification he said that a day earlier the HSE suffered a data security breach of its IT systems. After some difficulty we have obtained the official data breach notification pursuant to the Freedom of Information [...]

By |2021-09-30T10:00:16+01:00September 29th, 2021|

Flawed BEAM could be open to judicial review

Mícheál O'Dowd of our office was quoted today in Agriland, a leading news publication for agricultural matters in Ireland on the unworkable and illogical nature of the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) Scheme introduced in 2019 to assist drystock farmers. Over 3200 farmers are currently facing repayment demands from the Department of Agriculture, and it likely thousands more will face [...]

By |2021-09-08T22:41:27+01:00September 8th, 2021|

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We realised our old Conveyancing Guide was now hopelessly out of date, so there was nothing for it only to update it for 2021.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|

Easter Opening Hours

Our offices will be closed from 5.30pm on Thursday 1st April 2021 until 9am on Thursday 8th April for the Easter Holidays. In the case of an emergency please leave a voicemail at the switchboard; the contents of which will be automatically emailed to the Solicitor on duty.

By |2021-03-30T23:33:12+01:00March 30th, 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|

Covid 19 Protocols

The offices of O'Dowd Solicitors are open and functioning behind closed doors and will continue to do so for the currency of the current lockdown. Unfortunately  we cannot facilitate in person appointments at this time, and all consultations will be conducted remotely. Our phones will be answered during usual business hours and you may also avail of the following online [...]

By |2021-01-09T14:04:40+00:00January 9th, 2021|
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