Miscellaneous

Things to watch out for when buying a new build

Buying a new build in a housing development comes with its own peculiarities. The first issue is the most obvious; the house you are buying often does not exist. As such you will be relying on specifications, maps, plans and documents.

Unlike a buying a pre-owned house, a new build will usually come with two “contracts”, one for the land, and one “building agreement” which deals with the relationship between you and the builder.

In general there is less to go wrong from a “title” point of view when buying in a new build. The title to a housing estate will generally […]

By |2024-03-17T16:57:41+00:00March 17th, 2024|

Fermoy Office opening January 30th 2023

Work continued in fitting out our Fermoy offices during the Christmas break and is getting closer to completion. O’Dowd Solicitors will be be open for business in Fermoy on the 30th January 2023. Along with our existing office in Glanmire we will offer a full range of legal services to our clients in North Cork with particular experience in Property and Civil Litigation.

Please feel free to contact us in Fermoy on 025 54000 or email us at info@odowd.ie

By |2023-05-18T09:11:54+01:00January 3rd, 2023|

Happy Christmas

The staff in O’Dowd Solicitors would like to wish a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year to the clients of the firm, and everyone we have dealt with during the year, be they Barristers, Engineers or fellow colleagues in the profession.

The Offices will be closed until the 3rd January 2023, but in the case of emergency please email us or leave a voicemail as both will be monitored daily.

Nollaig shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise

By |2023-05-18T09:15:09+01:00December 22nd, 2022|

Second Office opening 2023 in Fermoy

We are pleased to announce we will be opening a new office in Patrick St. Fermoy in January 2023 to cater for our growing customer base in North Cork. At present our contractors are busy fitting out the building to provide the same modern, professional and comfortable experience that our clients in are used to in Glanmire.

Our Glanmire office will remain open as always with no change in personnel. The phone number for the Fermoy office is 025 54000.

By |2023-05-18T09:15:37+01:00December 6th, 2022|

Loss of earnings in personal injuries actions

Often one of the most contentious and hard fought issues in a personal injuries action that of loss of earnings. The basic principle is that if someone is injured, and they cannot work as a result they should be compensated for their loss of income.

Assuming the medical evidence supports a claim for loss of earnings, and the loss has happened in the past (i.e. the claimant has resumed his or her duties), an accountant will generally be called on to help calculate loss of income. This can be easy to calculate (e.g. in the case of PAYE worker who had […]

By |2022-12-05T00:09:52+00:00December 5th, 2022|

Wills promotion until 9th Sept 2022

For the month of August we are helping people make their wills for €150. This fee will cover taking instructions which can be done online or in person and covers all work associated with ensuring your will is properly drafted and executed. In some circumstances this fee might not be appropriate (for assistance if you need additional taxation or legal advice), but in most cases we are quite confident the reduced fee will apply.

Learn more by clicking here or calling us.

By |2022-08-02T13:44:52+01:00August 2nd, 2022|

Two for the price of one? PIABs lack of analysis for complex injuries

Having reviewed a number of awards from PIAB since the introduction of the new “Personal Injuries Guidelines” (or the PIGs as one might call them) there seems to be a clear trend from the Board in misapplying the Guidelines and undervaluing injuries. Congratulatory comments from  PIAB as to their stunning ability to reduce awards makes one worder if this paucity of analysis is intentional or purely due to a lack of experience.

One large issue arises from the requirement of the Board (and a Court for that matter) to have special care when considering the effect of multiple injuries on the […]

By |2022-07-27T23:35:29+01:00July 27th, 2022|

Limited Liability Partnership – Please note

PLEASE NOTE that with effect from 7th March 2022 (“the relevant date”):

(a) O’Dowd Solicitors has been authorised to operate, and is now operating, as a Limited Liability Partnership (“LLP”);

(b) as set out in Section 123, of the Legal Services Regulation Act, 2015 (subject to the exceptions listed therein), a partner in O’Dowd Solicitors has no personal liability for any debts, liabilities or obligations which are incurred for the purpose of carrying on the business of the LLP (whether these are liabilities of the LLP, of himself or herself, of another partner or partners in the LLP or of any employee, […]

By |2022-03-06T12:06:26+00:00March 6th, 2022|

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 demands by the end of 2021.

The full article can be accessed here

We would encourage all farmers who did succeed in abiding by the terms of the BEAM scheme to appeal the matter to the Department of Agriculture, as […]

By |2021-09-08T22:41:27+01:00September 8th, 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 an employees pay be cut if they do not return to the workplace?

Almost certainly yes. The following is an extract from a tech company’s contract:

Your place of work will be [Office address]. You may be required to undertake normal business […]

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