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Women and the Law: Historic discrimination in Ireland

Gender equality in the workplace, in the family and in society more generally remains a much discussed and debated topic in Ireland, especially post-COVID when the general consensus seems to be that gender equality has been severely impacted by the pan …

Gemma McLoughlin Burke | September 7, 2021

Law Students Lament: A Slow Decline of Easily Memorised Rules of Thumb?

Depending on who you ask, a “rule of thumb” is either a useful way of remembering an otherwise wearisome idea, or a phrase which harks back to an origin we might prefer to forget. Some years ago, in the long-running “On Language” column in the New York …

Seán Beatty BL | August 18, 2021

You can’t handle the truth: The Perjury Act of 2021

On the 28th of July 2021, the Criminal Justice (Perjury and Related Offences) Act 2021 came into effect, creating a statutory offence of perjury. Prior to its enactment, perjury was a common law offence without a clear definition or sentencing paramete …

Gemma McLoughlin Burke | August 12, 2021

Gendered language and the law – Farewell sirs!

(First published in Decisis Law Ireland in October 2020) In their most recent effort to make the profession more inclusive, the Law Society have issued a statement informing members that the standard salutation “Dear Sirs” will be removed from future c …

Gemma McLoughlin Burke | July 11, 2021

Bakshi Mohit – A tale of perseverance to the Bar

Bakshi Mohit, who is from Mauritius, is a first year devil practicing in the area of crime. Although he studied the Diploma and the Barrister-at-law degree in the Inns, Bakshi’s path to the Bar has been anything but conventional. In fact, it was in 200 …

Gemma McLoughlin Burke | July 11, 2021

Barristers’ Court Dress

(Originally published in Law Ireland in May 2020) In 1995, quite a stir was made when the barristers’ wig, formerly considered obligatory, was made optional under section 49 of the Courts and Courts Officers Act of that year. Some traditional judges we …

Mark Tottenham BL | July 11, 2021

Vicarious trauma in the legal profession

(This piece was originally published in Law Ireland in January 2020) In December 2019, it was reported that a former ‘content moderator’ was suing Facebook Ireland, as well as a recruitment agency, for psychological injuries (“Man sues Facebook over ha …

Mark Tottenham BL | June 29, 2021

Big Brother Watch v UK – Data Protection for beginners

The Edward Snowden leaks, which began in 2013, exposed a wide-range of State surveillance and storage of data by governments across the world, including the US and the UK. One particular issue that was exposed was the so-called “bulk interception” of d …

Gemma McLoughlin Burke | June 24, 2021

A Healthy Practice

(This article was originally published in Decisis Law Ireland, in September 2020) Life as a barrister is not always conducive to good mental health. In the first place, much of the work concerns conflict, which is always stressful. Although most barris …

Mark Tottenham BL | June 22, 2021

Human rights and a different path in law: Liam Herrick from the ICCL

Liam Herrick is the Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, an Irish non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the civil liberties and human rights of people in Ireland. For many of those working in the NGO or Human Rights se …

Gemma McLoughlin Burke | June 16, 2021