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Decisis as a simple sales tool for solicitors

You are meeting a client for the first time. You want to present yourself as knowledgeable and aware of current legal developments. You want to have something to talk to the client about. You also want to help generate more work for the firm. Decisis c …

Decisis | January 25, 2023

Ep 17 of The Fifth Court podcast, with Stephen Hanaphy BL on copyright law

The guest on the new episode of The Fifth Court is Stephen Hanaphy BL, who speaks to presenters Peter Leonard BL and Mark Tottenham BL on copyright law. The presenters also discuss the following cases: North Westmeath Turbine Action Group CLG v. Westla …

Decisis | January 24, 2023

Dr Neil Maddox discusses compulsory vaccination on The Fifth Court podcast

In the new episode of The Fifth Court, Dr Neil Maddox BL of Maynooth University discusses compulsory vaccination, and the extent to which people can refuse any medical treatment. Neil recommends the film, A Civil Action (1998) starring John Travolta, a …

Decisis | January 17, 2023

Ted Harding SC on The Fifth Court podcast

On the new episode of The Fifth Court, Ted Harding SC speaks to Peter Leonard and Mark Tottenham about his career in journalism, including his time as editor of The Sunday Business Post, and his transition to becoming a barrister, where he has acted in …

Decisis | January 10, 2023

Gemma McLoughlin Burke BL discusses work as a Judicial Assistant, on The Fifth Court podcast

On Episode 14 of The Fifth Court podcast, Gemma McLoughlin Burke BL speaks to presenters Mark Tottenham and Peter Leonard on her work as a Judicial Assistant. This is a relatively new role within the court system, and the interview should be of interes …

Decisis | January 5, 2023

Twelve years of Decisis.ie – 12,754 law reports

Decisis.ie started in January 2011, as ‘Stare Decisis Hibernia’. At that time, the superior courts of Ireland were producing judgments at a rate of about 650 per year, and there was no index to assist Irish lawyers or law students to find the authoriti …

Mark Tottenham | January 2, 2023

The Long Road to non-ratification of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) was negotiated in 2014 and signed in 2016. Although it entered into force provisionally in September 2017, meaning that most of the agreement now applies, every national parliament (and …

Brendan Rooney BL | December 22, 2022

Criminal solicitor Frank Buttimer, on Episode 12 of The Fifth Court podcast

In the new episode of The Fifth Court podcast, Frank Buttimer discusses his career as a solicitor specialising in criminal law. He talks about some of his high-profile cases, including the application to surrender Ian Bailey to France under a European …

Decisis | December 21, 2022

Cork solicitor Flor McCarthy, on The Fifth Court podcast

The guest on the 11th episode of The Fifth Court podcast is Flor McCarthy, of McCarthy+Co solicitors, Clonakilty, Co Cork. He and Wexford solicitor Martin Lawlor have been instrumental in starting the ‘Solicitors Growth’ network of small and medium siz …

Decisis | December 13, 2022

Does evidence from a witness in the Witness Protection Programme abridge the rights of the accused? (Part 2 of 2)

A New Approach to the Witness Protection Programme As demonstrated in Part 1, Denham J (as she then was) took the view at para. 150 of DPP v Gilligan [2006] 1 IR 107 that no special rules of evidence apply to evidence given by witnesses in a Witness Pr …

Gregory Murphy BL | December 7, 2022