IFSC.ie Legal Features

The Data Act – "It's not personal, it's just business"

24/05/2022 - In February 2020 the European Commission published its strategies for the use of data and artificial intelligence. The objectives of its data strategy are to make the EU a “role model and leader for a society empowered by data”.

Key Takeaways: The Data Protection Commission’s Annual Report for 2021

17/05/2022 - The Data Protection Commission (“DPC”) recently published its 2021 Annual Report (the “Report”), marking the end of the third full calendar year of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

Navigating contentious annual general meetings

28/04/2022 - Annual General Meetings (AGMs) can be challenging as the shareholders of a company get to voice their concerns on how the business is being run.

Ireland Employment: Timing of Gender Pay Gap Reporting Obligations Confirmed

26/04/2022 - Regulations giving effect to the Gender Pay Gap (Information) Act 2021 ("Act") will be published in the coming weeks.

Ireland Takes a Step Closer Towards the Protection of the Collective Interests of Consumers

26/04/2022 - The General Scheme of Representative Actions for the Protection of the Collective Interests of Consumers Bill 2022 (General Scheme) has been published and proposes to give effect to the Representative Action Directive (EU 2020/1828) (Directive).

Litigation & Dispute Resolution : Levelling The Defamation Playing Field

29/03/2022 - Government moves closer to amending The Defamation Act 2009

The Corporate Enforcement Authority – A Milestone in Corporate Enforcement in Ireland

25/03/2022 - The Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Bill 2021 (Bill) is currently progressing through the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Irish merger control – What are the main changes introduced by the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2022?

24/02/2022 - Significant and wide-ranging new powers of intervention will be given to the Irish merger control authority i.e. the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), under the recently-published Competition (Amendment) Bill 2022 (Bill).

Proposed EU Framework on Artificial Intelligence – everything you need to know

24/02/2022 - Our world is increasingly technology centric, offering unlimited opportunities with just the click of a button.

Data Protection Day Update 2022

11/02/2022 - The data protection developments of 2021 were unparalleled to any other year and paved the way for lively discussion amongst the media, businesses and consumers.

Insurance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021 Update

11/02/2022 - On 20 October 2021, the General Scheme of the Insurance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021 (General Scheme) was published. The General Scheme will address several insurance-related issues highlighted in the Action Plan for Insurance Reform.

Legal considerations for parties undertaking retrofitting projects

11/02/2022 - On 8 February 2022, the Government announced a new National Home Energy Upgrade Scheme (the “Scheme”) which will provide increased grant levels of up to 50% of the cost of a typical deep retrofit to a B2 BER standard.

Amendments to the price variation provisions in the Capital Works Management Framework

01/02/2022 - On 24 November 2021, the Office of Government Procurement (“OGP”) issued general guidance for Contracting Authorities....

IORP II – The Pensions Authority publishes final Code of Practice

01/02/2022 - The Pensions Authority (Authority) has now published its finalised Code of Practice (Code) detailing expectations for pension trustees' compliance with applicable obligations under the European Union (Occupational Pension Schemes) Regulations 2021 (Regulations).

Ireland Launches Intellectual Property and Technology Court and Reforms IP Disputes Procedures

01/12/2021 - A new division of Ireland's Commercial Court dedicated to intellectual property cases and disputes about complex technology has been established under a revised Order 63A of the Rules of the Superior Courts (revised Rules).

Perjury is now a statutory offence: What impact has this for businesses?

30/11/2021 - The Criminal Justice (Perjury and Related Offences) Act 2021 (Act) came into operation on 28 July 2021.

The Corporate Enforcement Authority Bill

01/11/2021 - It took almost three years, but the Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Bill 2021 (the Bill) was finally published in September. There are no real surprises in the Bill, which broadly mirrors the General Scheme published in December 2018.

Walking Away From Loyalty Penalties – the End for Differential Pricing?

01/11/2021 - In its review of differential pricing (Review), the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) has proposed that the practice of "price walking", whereby customers are in effect penalised for not walking away from their insurer after a year of coverage, is abolished.

Asset Management & Investment Funds: Irish Practice Developments - Sept 2021

04/10/2021 - Changes to CBI's list of PCFs will impact RFSPs, INEDs, Head of AML/ CTF roles

Corporate Transactions - Proposed Amendments to Companies Act, 2014

30/09/2021 - The Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Bill, 2021 has now been published.

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