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  • Update on the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

    Update on the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

    This article first appeared in the Business Post on 5th of April, 2020.  With businesses continuing to feel the economic impact of Covid-19, the government has brought in a series of measures designed to keep as many people in work as possible. The latest is the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020…Read More...
  • New financial supports announced for struggling business owners and employees as a result of Covid-19

    New financial supports announced for struggling business owners and employees as a result of Covid-19

    The Government has announced new measures this week to help businesses and employees who are struggling financially during the Covid-19 emergency. The new measures provide a comprehensive range of supports for businesses who are in a position to retain employees but also for employees who have been laid off as a result of the crisis.…Read More...
  • Employment Law Update: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Scheme and Illness Benefit

    Employment Law Update: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Scheme and Illness Benefit

    As employers and employees face into changed circumstances as a result of Covid-19,  the government has introduced new social welfare measures to take effect immediately. The situation remains fluid, with the guidelines being updated regularly. If you need specific advice around your obligations as an employer, you can get in touch at mail@jwod.ie. The following…Read More...
  • Covid-19 JWOD Update

    Covid-19 JWOD Update

    To all our clients and colleagues. We are constantly monitoring the evolving situation with Covid 19 and are following all advice from the authorities in the best interests of our staff, clients and colleagues. Our office remains open and we are continuing to provide a full service to our clients, while taking all appropriate measures…Read More...
  • What are employer duties around Covid-19?

    What are employer duties around Covid-19?

    The outbreak of the coronavirus Covid-19 raises challenging points of Health and Safety Law, Employment Law, Data Protection Law, Immigration and Employment Equality issues. The outbreak is prompting employers and HR Departments to assess the risks, review existing Contracts of Employment and Company Policies, devise a plan and clearly communicate with employees on a continuing…Read More...
  • JW O’Donovan advises vendors in sale of PE Global to BIL

    JW O’Donovan advises vendors in sale of PE Global to BIL

    J.W. O’Donovan recently advised vendors in the sale of significant controlling interests from leading healthcare and technical recruitment specialists, PE Global,  to investment holding company, Bakhchysarai Ireland Limited (BIL). Ray Shanahan and John Fuller acted for the shareholders in PE Global in relation to their sale of a significant controlling interest in the Company to BIL.…Read More...
  • Ten steps to buying a house

    Ten steps to buying a house

    This article first appeared in the Irish Examiner on 18th January 2020. As 2020 begins and new year’s resolutions are set, there will be many taking the first steps to owning their own home. The prospect of buying a house, whether you are a first-time buyer, trading up or downsizing can be both daunting and exciting. Many people are uncertain…Read More...
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Advantages and Disadvantages of using Heads of Terms

    Mergers and Acquisitions: Advantages and Disadvantages of using Heads of Terms

    In our last blog in this series, we highlighted the key elements of a Heads of Terms including the provisions covered and whether it is legally binding. In this article, we will review the advantages and disadvantages of using Heads of Terms. Some of the advantages of using Heads of Terms are: Recording of milestones…Read More...
  • The roles of parties involved in Mediation

    The roles of parties involved in Mediation

    In our third and final article on the topic, we will look at the roles of some of the parties involved in the Mediation process. For previous articles in the series, click here for our overview on the advantages of Mediation and here for more on why the Mediation Act is welcome. Role of Mediator   Section 8 of the…Read More...
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Heads of Terms

    Mergers and Acquisitions: Heads of Terms

    The third in our series on the practical aspects of running a successful mergers and acquisitions transaction, this article looks to highlight the key elements of a Heads of Terms. Please see our news section here for other publications in the series. What is a Heads of Terms? When entered into, in the context of…Read More...
  • JWOD Partner Patrick Bradley appointed Chairman of the Law Society’s Probate and Trusts Committee

    JWOD Partner Patrick Bradley appointed Chairman of the Law Society’s Probate and Trusts Committee

    J.W. O’Donovan Partner Patrick Bradley, has been appointed as Chairman of the Probate and Trusts Committee of the Law Society of Ireland, which monitors and advises its members on best practice in this area as well as making representations on behalf of the Society to relevant stakeholders. Patrick practices in estate planning, probate and tax law along with…Read More...
  • J.W. O’Donovan welcome guests to Winter Wine-tasting event at St. Peters

    J.W. O’Donovan welcome guests to Winter Wine-tasting event at St. Peters

    Last week,  the J.W. O’Donovan team welcomed guests to our Winter Wine-tasting event in the beautiful surroundings of St. Peters. Guests were greeted with a drinks reception, with music from an instrumental swing jazz trio before a fascinating masterclass by wine expert Beverley Mathews of l’Atitude 51. Beverley shared her tips on how wines can…Read More...
  • Why the Mediation Act is welcome

    Why the Mediation Act is welcome

    Following our recent review of the advantages of mediation, in this article, we will look at why the processes and procedures set out in the Mediation Act 2017 are welcome. Obligations for solicitors to advise Clients on Mediation The Mediation Act 2017 imposes new obligations on solicitors, including a statutory declaration. Under the Act, practising solicitors…Read More...
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Pre-Transaction Steps

    Mergers and Acquisitions: Pre-Transaction Steps

    This article is the second in a series of publications by J.W. O’Donovan’s Corporate Team on the practical aspects of running a successful mergers and acquisitions transaction. To read the first, click here.  Most people would assume that the starting point for the sale or purchase of a company is the agreement by the seller…Read More...
  • To mediate or not to mediate: What are the advantages?

    To mediate or not to mediate: What are the advantages?

    Mediation is now a central element in dispute resolution architecture. It is a flexible process conducted confidentially in which Mediators quickly and expertly help people in conflict to reach their own agreement together. Mediation was historically only used in Family Law issues. However, the commencement of the Mediation Act 2017 has resulted in an increased awareness…Read More...
  • Introduction to Mergers and Acquisitions

    Introduction to Mergers and Acquisitions

    Despite a business environment held hostage to the Brexit threat for the last three years, J.W. O’Donovan has seen continued growth and activity in the sale and purchase of Irish private companies. There has been particular activity around inward investment by foreign-based multinational companies either looking for an established business in Ireland or looking to…Read More...
  • JWOD Managing Partner to sleep out in aid of Focus Ireland

    JWOD Managing Partner to sleep out in aid of Focus Ireland

    JWOD Managing Partner,  Jerome O’Sullivan, is to take part in Focus Ireland’s Shine a Light Night, sleeping out for one night on Spike Island. The annual event, which takes place on Friday October 18th,  sees business leaders raise much-needed funds to combat the homelessness crisis in Ireland. The Sleep-out, which raised €1 million last year, will also take place in…Read More...
  • JWOD appoints Ciara Lehane as newest solicitor on litigation team

    JWOD appoints Ciara Lehane as newest solicitor on litigation team

    We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Ciara Lehane as solicitor on the litigation team at JW O’Donovan. This new appointment comes as the firm experiences increased activity in defence litigation among our corporate clients. Ciara joins our Litigation department, after spending three years practicing in the area of defence litigation at a leading…Read More...
  • JWOD advises on strategic acquisition of Irish food testing company

    JWOD advises on strategic acquisition of Irish food testing company

    J.W. O’Donovan Partners John Sheehan, John Fuller, David Pearson and Ciara McDonnell recently advised on sale of a majority holding in Advanced Laboratory Testing to Mérieux NutriSciences, as Mérieux seeks to expand its footprint further in Europe. Mérieux NutriSciences is a world leader in the field of Food Safety and Quality, while Advanced Laboratory Testing is a leading…Read More...
  • Planning and Development Act 2000 (Exempted Development) (No.2) Regulations 2019

    Planning and Development Act 2000 (Exempted Development) (No.2) Regulations 2019

    On 1 July 2019 new planning regulations came into effect governing the use of short-term tourist related lettings such as Airbnb in areas where rent pressure zones apply. The Regulations were introduced in an effort to ease the housing crisis by freeing up properties which are currently used for Short Term Lettings or Airbnb and…Read More...
  • Recent landmark case gives further clarity around ‘reasonable accommodations’ for employees with a disability

    Recent landmark case gives further clarity around ‘reasonable accommodations’ for employees with a disability

    There has been much debate surrounding what constitutes ‘reasonable accommodation’ for employees with a disability. A recent landmark Supreme Court decision, Nano Nagle School v Marie Daly, addressed three of the main issues in its decision, as follows; Section 16 – Tasks v Duties: Section 16(1) of the Act provides that an employer is not required to retain…Read More...
  • Recent High Court case highlights importance of independent legal advice for business tenants

    Recent High Court case highlights importance of independent legal advice for business tenants

    A recent High Court battle between Dublin Port Company and Automation Transport Limited raised some interesting issues concerning the execution by a business tenant of a renunciation of its legal rights to a new tenancy on expiry of an existing tenancy.  Under Landlord and Tenant law, subject to certain exceptions, business tenants who have been…Read More...
  • Changes to Requirements in Civil Claims

    Changes to Requirements in Civil Claims

    There have been a number of recent changes relating to claims made under the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 (the Act). Written Notice of Claim – Time Limit Reduced to One Month Section 13 of the Central Bank (National Claims Information Database) Act 2018 brought in important changes in respect of the obligation to…Read More...
  • Registry of Beneficial Ownership

    Registry of Beneficial Ownership

    Statutory Instrument No. 110 of 2019 entitled European Union (Anti Money Laundering: Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Entities) Regulations 2019 (“Regulations”) was signed into law by the Minister of Finance on the 22nd of March 2019. The purpose of the Regulations is to establish a Central Register of Beneficial Ownership of Companies and Industrial and Provident…Read More...
  • ADVOC shortlisted for ‘Global Network of the Year’ by The Lawyer

    ADVOC shortlisted for ‘Global Network of the Year’ by The Lawyer

    ADVOC, the leading international network of independent law firms, has been shortlisted in the category ‘Global Network of the Year’ in The Lawyer’s European Awards 2019. ADVOC was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in London and facilitates business development, support services and networking amongst its 93 members. This year also marks J.W. O’Donovan’s 25th…Read More...