I have a great deal of sympathy for newly qualified barristers. It is a tough game and starting out when the struggle is to get instructions to gain some experience and a foothold in the profession requires a great deal of fortitude and commitment. Most of them start out with a great commitment to, and… Continue reading Advice for newly qualified barristers
The Certificate in Immigration Law course which I am doing at the moment is a good one with comprehensive lecture materials and slides provided. The two lectures each Thursday evening from 6 pm to 8 pm can be hard going, especially after a tough day in the office. But the accompanying materials are comprehensive and… Continue reading The Law Society certificate in immigration law course
I published a video yesterday on my YouTube channel, “Is the legal system in Ireland corrupt?” and it has generated a tremendous amount of comment. Much of the comment I would disagree with, to different degrees. And I would expect that many of the opinions with which I might agree have not been published, simply… Continue reading Is the legal system in Ireland corrupt?
In any property transaction it is up to the vendor, or more accurately his/her solicitor, to make and show good title. This means that any queries from the purchaser’s solicitor as to the title being offered must be answered and dealt with satisfactorily by the vendor’s side. Any infirmities or imperfections in the title being… Continue reading Making and showing good title
I am often asked if I take on cases on a “no win, no fee” basis and my usual answer is “no”. The reason for this is simple. My view is if the plaintiff/complainant does not have skin in the game it will encourage frivolous, meritless claims. However, I do recognise certain situations where the… Continue reading No win, no fee cases
Today is day 2 of a WRC hearing I am involved in, the first day having taken place back in June 2023. It is possible that it will go for a further day after day but I certainly hope not. I am beginning to consider carefully the wisdom and cost effectiveness of me personally running… Continue reading Attending WRC hearings in person-a rethink is in order?
I am often contacted by students of law looking for part time work or to get into the office as an intern. This is perfectly understandable as the student wants to see what a law office is really like and make the connection between their studies and the law in practice. I have limited enough… Continue reading Thanks for your kindness-a powerful act
There’s a guy contacting me on and off for a few weeks now on one of the social media platforms. He is considering bidding on a BidX1 property and appears to recognise the sense in getting title checked out beforehand. He has made enquiries of me as to whether I provide such a service and… Continue reading Buying property at a BidX1 auction
I often come across individuals who believe they have ‘a case’ against their employer and want my agreement and encouragement. Often, I must tell them that I do not believe they have any valid, winnable claim. And they come back again and again asking this question and that question and trying to find something to… Continue reading Have I a case?
The presiding judge in the Court of Appeal directed the Gardai to remove Seán and Isaac Burke from the court yesterday on account of their interjections and interruptions to the judge. The hearing was to deal with an application by GSOC (Garda Ombudsman Commission) for audio recordings from the events in court which led to… Continue reading Burkes removed from Court of Appeal by Gardai (again)