Mediation. Boxing hard or boxing clever?

Picture the scene. You have had a dispute with a customer. You have been in Court for two days, sitting on that hard uncomfortable bench. In those two days you have had to listen to the Lawyers argue over just about everything. You have heard your Lawyer describe you in terms fit for a saint, and the opposition Lawyer call …

Medical Negligence; where does the patient stand?

You have just had some botched and painful treatment which has left you embarrassed and frightened; what do you do and where do you stand? The first thing to remember is not to panic. Emotions are generally running high right after a medical procedure that does not appear to have gone to plan, but in law you have two years …

Breakdown of a Marriage – What does the Law say?

The breakdown of a marriage can be a traumatic rollercoaster made even worse by uncertainty as to what your rights are and where you stand in the eyes of the Law. It is very important to visit your solicitor to obtain guidance on this. When you first consult a solicitor about the breakdown of a marriage his first duty is …

Personal Injury: An accident need not be a disaster

You’re stationary at a red traffic light in your car, minding your own business and everything is fine. In a split second your world can be turned on its head because the guy speeding down behind you has failed to spot your car at a red light and slams into the back of your vehicle. A whole range of things …

Licensing Law

A licence in law allows permission for something to be done which would otherwise be illegal. This most commonly affects the sale of alcohol where effectively permission is required. Where a person has just bought a public house he will quickly need to ensure that the licence is also transferred to him. This can be done by way of an …

Irish cyberbullying ‘highest in EU’

Incidences of cyberbullying among teenagers in Ireland are among the highest in Europe, according to a new report. A quarter of nine- to 16-year-olds experienced some form of bullying, both online and offline. Levels of bullying in Ireland are above average compared with the 25 other countries surveyed as part of Safer Internet Day, a global initiative to promote a …

‘Trading down? Swap houses with me’

House swaps can be beneficial for both parties as their needs change, writes Donal Buckley Ian Hickey is looking for a perfect match — a Bray person who will swap houses with him. With the help of a mortgage he is also willing to pay about €80,000 as a sweetner to his perfect match. But the other’s houses must be …

Quick Review of the Budget … property style!

1. STAMP DUTY- No changes to stamp duty 2. LOCAL PROPERTY TAX (LPT) · A new local property tax to be introduced to replace the household charge with effect from the 1 July 2013 so that a half year charge will apply next year. · The tax will apply at a rate of 0.18% on the market value of the …

Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital

Two investigations are under way into the death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant, at University Hospital Galway last month. Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying, and died of septicaemia a week later. Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (34), an engineer at Boston Scientific in …

Restaurant apologises for insulting customer on Twitter

A RESTAURANT apologised for any offence caused after a member of staff referred to a disgruntled customer as an “a***hole” on social media site Twitter. Management at Cinnamon restaurant in Ranelagh, south Dublin, described the episode as a “moment of madness”, which should not have occurred in the family-run business. However, despite the high volume of tweets about the incident, …