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  • 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...
  • JW O’Donovan advises Apisprotect Limited on €1.5 million fundraising

    JW O’Donovan advises Apisprotect Limited on €1.5 million fundraising

    J.W. O’Donovan recently advised Apisprotect Limited on its funding round of €1.5 million from a consortium of private equity funds and Enterprise Ireland.  Apisprotect has developed a system to allow beekeepers in monitoring bee colony’s using the internet of things and machine learning to provide feedback assisting in maintaining colony health. The company will use…Read More...
  • J.W. O’Donovan hosts the ADVOC Europe Open Board Meeting

    J.W. O’Donovan hosts the ADVOC Europe Open Board Meeting

    Members from ADVOC, the leading international network of independent law firms, enjoyed a taste of Cork culture as they met in the city last weekend for the Advoc Europe Open Board Meeting, an international legal conference, which ran from the 21st – 23rd September and was hosted by J.W. O’Donovan. The conference was attended by…Read More...
  • Have you Filed your Annual Returns?

    Have you Filed your Annual Returns?

    Have you Filed your Annual Returns? There can be very costly consequences both for a company and for directors of a company that fail to file their annual returns on time. The Companies Registration Office (CRO) is the body charged with enforcing compliance with the Companies Act 2014 and it takes the matter of filing…Read More...
  • Seven Step Project Plan to achieve GDPR compliance

    Seven Step Project Plan to achieve GDPR compliance

    John Fuller, solicitor in our Corporate and Commercial Department, has recently published an article setting out a seven step plan to assist in GDPR compliance.  The full article as published on BusinessandFinance.com can be accessed through the link below. Seven Step Project Plan to achieve GDPR compliance The deadline for implementation of the new rules…Read More...
  • The Mediation Act 2017

    The Mediation Act 2017

    The Mediation Act 2017 (“the Act”) commenced into law on 1 January 2018. What does the Act seek to achieve? Mediation has long since been used as a mechanism for dispute resolution within the Irish jurisdiction and the Act contains provisions for a statutory framework to promote and regulate the resolution of disputes through mediation.…Read More...
  • UPDATE ON STAMP DUTY CHANGES IN FINANCE BILL 2017

    UPDATE ON STAMP DUTY CHANGES IN FINANCE BILL 2017

    UPDATE ON STAMP DUTY CHANGES IN FINANCE BILL 2017 Transitional Arrangements relating to Commercial Property The most significant change to Stamp Duty announced in the Budget Speech was the increase in the rate applicable to commercial property from 2% to 6%. The transitional arrangements applicable have been clarified on publication of the Finance Bill.  There…Read More...
  • UCC IGNITE Awards

    UCC IGNITE Awards

    J.W. O’Donovan were delighted to once again sponsor and be part of the judging panel for this years UCC IGNITE programme awards. The event celebrated the achievements of the 7th cohort of Recent Graduate Entrepreneurs who participated in the 12 month business incubation programme. Ten aspiring Recent Graduate Entrepreneurs, who have just commenced the programme, were also…Read More...
  • Estate Agents and Negligent Misstatement

    Estate Agents and Negligent Misstatement

    Estate Agents and Negligent Misstatement Walsh v Jones Lang Lasalle Limited With the return of confidence to the Irish property market, increased activity in purchasing and rising prices, it could be said that the Supreme Court has issued a timely reminder about the dangers of relying on information from estate agents which has been provided…Read More...
  • Alzheimer’s Tea Day

    Alzheimer’s Tea Day

    We would like to thank everyone who attended at our office on Thursday 4th May to mark Alzheimer’s Tea Day in support of the Alzheimer’s Society. Alzheimer’s Tea Day is the largest annual fundraising campaign in The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s calendar. Since the very first Alzheimer’s Tea Day in 1994 over €7.5M has been…Read More...
  • Landlord and Tenant Law Reform – Why the long wait?

    Landlord and Tenant Law Reform – Why the long wait?

    How long does it take to get a progressive, important and relatively uncontroversial piece of legislation passed in this country?  One year, two years, three?  In the case of the Landlord & Tenant Law Reform Bill, the gestation period is currently running at almost 14 years, and counting. In 2003 the Law Reform Commission (“LRC”)…Read More...