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IRISH LAW AWARDS 2021

The shortlist was released today for the Irish Law Awards 2021. We are very excited and proud to be finalists in no fewer than seven categories of The Irish Law Awards! We are shortlisted for:

Employment Law Firm of the Year

Diversity and Inclusion Law Firm of the Year

Law Firm Innovation Award

Community/ Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year

Best Website of the Year

Dublin Law Firm of the Year

John Redmond and Lisa Quinn O’Flaherty are both finalists for Lawyer of the Year!

JCI Friendly Business Awards

We are absolutely delighted and very proud to be shortlisted in the Junior Chamber Ireland Ireland Friendly Business Awards. We were nominated for the awards, and the underwent mystery shopping, before being selected as one of the Friendliest Businesses in Ireland in the categories of Social Impact and Digital Experience. We look forward to the final selection! The awards aim to recognise businesses that excel in serving the needs of the community and its development, and we are so proud to be recognised for our work in doing so!

Arbitration Clauses and Mandatory Stays of Litigation

People often assume that their right to litigate a dispute is an absolute right and that they will not be denied a right of access to the Courts. However, where they have agreed to be bound by an arbitration clause, they will almost certainly be denied the right to litigate. An arbitration clause is not something to be taken lightly. Arbitration is given such weight in law that the Court has no option but to stay proceedings except in very limited circumstances. Article 8(1) of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, as adopted by Ireland in the Arbitration Act 2010 allows a Court to refuse a stay only where:

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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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Innovate Legal: Dublin

Solicitor, Lisa Quinn O’Flaherty has been invited to take part in a panel discussion on innovation in the legal profession and the business of law, at the Innovate Legal: Dublin event, which will take place at Huckletree, Pearse Street on Tuesday 17th September at 18.00pm. This is one of a series of information events for legal professionals organised by Clio, and the first to take place in Ireland. Lisa will be discussing, together with other legal innovators, what Fitzsimons Redmond does to ensure that we are on top of legal trends and what we do differently to ensure a high standard of client service.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets may be booked via eventbrite:

https://innovate-legal-dublin.eventbrite.com/?aff=Lisa

The Use of CCTV in the Workplace

Under GDPR, employers are entitled to monitor employee activity if they have a lawful basis for doing so and the purpose of their monitoring is clearly communicated to employees in advance-before any data is recorded the data subject must be warned. A system used to monitor the building for security purposes will usually be easy to justify. The use of CCTV systems in other circumstances – for example, to constantly monitor employees – can be more difficult to justify and could involve a breach of the Data Protection Acts. Should an employee object to the use of CCTV cameras in a particular area, the GDPR test  places the burden on the employer to demonstrate that it has “compelling legitimate grounds” for processing that override the employees’ rights, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

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