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

Rebecca Moffett

Tughans’ Real Estate Department discuss 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 in the Republic ...

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

Rebecca Moffett

Tughans’ Real Estate Department discuss 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 and do not ...

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 ...

Radical Reforms Proposed for NI Courts

Desmond Carr

The much anticipated Preliminary Review on Civil Justice Report was published earlier this month.  Chaired by Lord Justice Gillen, the Civil and Family Justice Review Group who prepared the report was tasked to “look fundamentally at current procedures for the administration of civil and family justice”.  The extensive 380 page report makes a total of ...

Private Equity doesn’t always lead to job losses

John McGuckian

With the recent news about WiggleCRC and 300 potential redundancies for one of the hardest hit areas of the local economy, it is easy to understand why many home grown businesses are sceptical of private equity investment.  Yet, it is exactly this type of investment which could propel a successful company to the next level ...

Hedge your bets – High hedges

Joe Moore

The traffic was mental leaving town that morning.  I couldn’t understand why.  The weather was resting somewhere between breezy and “a bit blowy”.  Anyway, I raced through the door of the house and switched on the television.  Liverpool was already 2-0 up against Arsenal with only 12 minutes played.  Even more amazing, it was Skrtel ...

Can You Have Your Cake And Eat It?

Rachel Richardson

In a decision issued earlier this week by the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal, it has been confirmed that the refusal by Ashers bakery to supply a cake with a slogan which supports gay marriage was unlawful discrimination. Briefly, the facts in this case were that in May 2014, Mr Gareth Lee, who is gay, ...

Liquor Licensing in Northern Ireland – An update

Aaron Mulholland

Since our recent article on calls to reform the liquor licensing regime in Northern Ireland, a licensing amendment Bill has been introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Minister for the new Department for Communities, Paul Givan. The measures proposed include: Restrictions on advertising of alcoholic drinks in supermarkets and off-sales and prohibition on ...