Closure of The Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) on 31 March – Can your renewables project avail of a grace period?

Andrew Kirke

Government incentives for renewable energy have been something of a hot potato in Northern Ireland politically over the past months, but whilst the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and issues around the management of that scheme, have dominated the headlines, the main government support mechanism for renewable technologies, the NIRO, is closing to non-wind technologies on ...

Failure to serve “Pay Less Notice” not fatal

Michael McCord

Those who administer payment under construction contracts have had to be very much on their toes since the Construction Contracts (NI) Order 1997 came into force. The legislation introduced a statutory scheme designed to speed up the flow of cash in the construction industry by introducing a regime for determining stage or periodic payments. One ...

Love thy neighbour or face the consequences – A right to light

Amanda Byrnes

Right to light issues can have serious implications on development schemes in the initial stages and, more problematically, those that have already begun.  Neighbours can obtain injunctions to prevent interferences with their rights to light and/or be awarded significant damages to compensate them for the loss of their rights, even when the infringement is considered ...

A Festive Fallout…Vicarious Liability of employers and Christmas parties

Laura McKee

As everyone gets into the swing of party season the recent case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited has emphasised the responsibilities on employers even on a Christmas night out.  The facts of the case are the defendant company held a Christmas party at a local golf club at which most of the staff attended. ...

Bankruptcy limit increases from £750 to £5,000

Michael McCord

Changes to insolvency laws in Northern Ireland, due to the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 coming into force, mean that as of 30 November 2016, a creditor must be owed at least £5,000 before being in a position to petition for a debtor’s bankruptcy. This is a substantial increase from ...

No need to sign on the dotted line?

Toby McMurray

Most people are probably of the view that it’s only when they sign an agreement that they are bound by it. What happens if the agreement has not been signed? Can a binding contract still come into existence? The recent case of Reveille Independent LLC v Anotech International (UK) Ltd EWCA Civ 443 demonstrates ...

What does the recent Uber decision mean for employment rights?

Patricia Rooney

Whether individuals are self-employed, company employees or workers depends on a number of factors and the true nature of their relationship with a company.  The exact nature of that relationship will determine what rights the individuals have and what a company’s obligations to them may be. It is often thought that the determining factor in ...

Tax Payment and Registration Issues for Irish Citizens Born in Northern Ireland or UK Citizens in Dealing with Property in the Republic of Ireland

Eamonn Burke

Eamonn Burke of Tughans’ Real Estate Department discusses issues arising when a person, not ordinarily resident in the Republic of Ireland and not holding the Irish equivalent of a UK National Insurance Number (called a Personal Public Service Number “PPS Number”), seeks to buy or sell,  grant a lease, or take a lease of property ...

Advice for investors when purchasing property (both commercial and residential) in the Republic of Ireland

Eamonn Burke

Eamonn Burke of Tughans’ Real Estate Department discusses issues to be aware of for prospective purchasers of Commercial and Residential property in the Republic of Ireland:- 1. Distressed Sales Distressed sales of property (both commercial and residential) are attractive for investors given the reduced prices asked by vendors. Often, contracts for such property are heavily restricted ...

Northern Ireland Brexit challenge dismissed

Nadine Brennan

Members of the public, media, legal profession and political sphere descended en masse this morning to the Royal Courts of Justice to hear the eagerly anticipated judgment on Northern Ireland’s legal challenge to Brexit. The case, taken by a prominent victims’ rights campaigner and local politicians, is one of several challenges arising out of the UK’s ...