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Data Protection Update: The end of the Brexit Transition Period and GDPR

There was some concern that after the 31st of December 2020, Irish and EU businesses would no longer be able to freely transfer personal data in the same manner as previously. While businesses were right to have this risk on their radar, the eleventh hour Trade and Cooperation Agreement did make provision for the continued smooth flow of personal data. This means that we do not have to regard the United Kingdom as a third country for the purposes of GDPR. We may effectively continue as before.

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All About Arbitration

Arbitration is a method of alternative dispute resolution where both sides agree to have their dispute decided upon by a private, independent third party rather than by a court. Arbitration has a long history in Ireland, having roots in Brehon Law. It also has the backing and support of the legislature and the Courts by way of the Arbitration Act. Arbitration may be used to resolve any dispute that would otherwise be resolved by the Courts.

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Data Protection Guide: Understanding Data Protection Agreements

A Data Protection Agreement is necessary when an organisation allows any third party to access or process personal data. This includes storage of files in the cloud, the use of work management systems, marketing or bulk-email software, as well as any situation where you allow access to an individual’s personal data by anyone outside of your organisation. If you are sharing personal data, it is your obligation to ensure that there is a DPA in place.

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Merry Christmas to all our clients

All of us at Fitzsimons Redmond would like to wish a very happy Christmas to all of our valued clients. We thank you for your support throughout this year, and we look forward to brighter days ahead for all of us in 2021.

Our office will close at lunchtime on Wednesday 23rd December and will re-open again on Monday 4th January.

Congratulations Lisa

Keeping our knowledge and expertise fresh is important to us at Fitzsimons Redmond so that we can always be best placed to serve our clients.

Adding to her list of qualifications, Lisa Quinn O’Flaherty has recently tri-qualified as a solicitor by being admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland by the Lord Chief Justice. Lisa is now qualified to act as a solicitor here in Ireland, in England, Wales and in Northern Ireland in addition to holding post-qualification certificates in Technology Law and in Data Protection, as well as a Professional Diploma in Leadership.

Congratulations Caroline!

The team at Fitzsimons Redmond are delighted to congratulate our wonderful colleague, Caroline Gill on her admission to the Roll of Solicitors. Caroline began working in our office six months ago as part of her transition from practicing barrister to qualification as solicitor. Caroline brings a wealth of legal experience and endless passion to the profession. We wish her happiness and luck on this new adventure!

Employment Law Guide: Constructive Dismissal

Constructive Dismissal is where the employee leaves his or her role as the employer has made it untenable for him or her to continue working.

There is a high threshold for an employee to prove their case. The employee must first have put the employer on notice of his or her dissatisfaction by way of the grievance procedure, in writing. He or she must then await the outcome of any investigation. If the situation remains intolerable, he or she can resign their role and make a claim under Section 2 of the Unfair Dismissals Act. It would be unwise of any employee to resign their role in such circumstances without first taking legal advice.

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