Brexit

Brexit: What it means for Fintech in Ireland and the UK

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Fintech Brexit

Financier Worldwide recently interviewed me about the potential effects Brexit will have on the UK’s fintech industry. You can read all of Richard Summerfield’s great article here. This story made me think. What about the effect Brexit will have on fintech the UK’s closest neighbour, the Republic of Ireland? With the two countries having so […]

Government & Politics

Love Me Tender: Part 2 – Winning Your Next Tender Response

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Pubic Procurement Winning Tender Response

What a company writes in a tender response can have a real bearing on how successful it is. Its tender response can also create unintended legal liability. Government departments, local authorities and private companies can all purchase goods, services or works through a competitive tender process. In Part 1 I looked at how an organisation can help protect itself […]

Government & Politics

Love Me Tender: Part 1 – Making Your Next Tender Process Work

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Make Tender Process Work

Companies, public authorities and government entities need to have robust processes when procuring work, goods and services through a tender process. The European Comission reports that every year, over 250,000 public authorities in the EU spend around 14% of GDP on the purchase of services, works and goods. Using a competitive tender approach is becoming more prevalent […]

Government & Politics

Drone attacks legal? The US view on drone strikes

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drone attacks legal

Are US drone attacks legal? For over 15 years lawyers on both sides of the argument have been wrestling with the question of whether unmanned US drone strikes carried out on foreign soil are legal under international law. In August, the White House released a redacted version of President Obama’s policy on using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone […]

Brexit

Post Brexit Ireland: 5 to reasons to invest and setup in Ireland

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post Brexit Ireland

Post Brexit Ireland Post Brexit Ireland is an interesting place. IDA Ireland is the government body responsible for attracting foreign direct investment into Ireland. The IDA helps foreign companies setup in Ireland. It brands the country as “one of the best places in the world to do business“. Is this true? And if so, does the UK’s […]

Contract Law

Game Theory: Improving Legal Negotiation Outcomes

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Game theory chess

More and more lawyers are using the science of game theory to help achieve better contractual and financial results in negotiations for their clients. But what is game theory and how can it be used to transform legal and business outcomes? What is game theory? Back in the 1700s Scottish economist, Adam Smith, proposed the idea that people’s […]

Intellectual Property

Copyright reversion rights: A contractual perspective

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copyright reversion rights

Copyright reversion rights (also known as copyright termination rights) are, and will be continue to be, an important intellectual property and media law issue in the entertainment industry for the foreseeable future. My previous article examined in detail the raft of recent copyright termination cases being brought by recording artists. Thee are also important contract law […]

Software

Jailbreak an iPhone: Will you end up in court?

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Jailbreak an iPhone

Jailbreak an iPhone? As technology becomes more sophisticated, hackers are responding with new and innovative ways to manipulate and control hardware and software. But does the law make it illegal to ‘jailbreak’ an iPhone or otherwise circumvent the security measures of the operating system of a mobile device or tablet? What is ‘jailbreaking’? The late CEO of […]

Fintech

Fintech in Ireland: Investment and Innovation

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FinTech in Ireland

The text of this Fintech in Ireland article originally appeared in the January 2016 edition of PaymentCompliance magazine and is reproduced here with permission. You can subscribe to PaymentCompliance here Introduction Since the 1980s Ireland has transformed itself into a global hub for technology and international financial services (IFS). In 2015 the Irish government published “A Strategy […]

Contract Law

How safe is the EU/US Safe Harbor in Ireland?

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The EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EU (which is transposed into Irish law by the Data Protection Act 1988 – 2003) provides that organisations transferring personal data from Ireland (or from anywhere in the European Economic Area) to countries outside the European Economic Area must ensure that recipient country provides an ‘adequate’ level of data protection. (The European Economic […]