Welcome to the DAC Beachcroft Dublin Commercial Litigation update.
We have prepared guidance and commentary on recent developments together with some helpful updates which we hope will be of interest to you.
General Scheme of Representative Actions for the Protection of the Collective Interests of Consumers Bill 2022
The General Scheme of Representative Actions for the Protection of the Collective Interests of Consumers Bill 2022 (the “General Scheme”) has recently been published by the Government. The General Scheme aims to transpose the European Union Representative Action Directive (EU Directive 2020 1828) (the “Directive”) into Irish Law.
New Commercial Court Practice Direction sets out requirements for the submission of Electronic Court Books
A new Commercial Court Practice Direction (HC113) was introduced on 14 April 2022, which supplements Practice Direction HC93 of July 2020. Practice Direction HC113 addresses the format of electronic books of papers and the manner in which they should be transmitted to the court.
Timeline for Implementation of Reforms outlined in Kelly Report
As practitioners will be aware the October 2020 Report of the Review of the Administration of Civil Justice (“The Kelly Report”), included in excess of 90 recommendations intended to reform the process of civil justice, with the objective of enabling speedier and more cost effective access to civil justice thereby reducing both the costs and delays associated with litigation in Ireland.
GDPR: use of CCTV footage in workplace disciplinary actions examined in recent Court of Appeal case
The use of CCTV footage in the context of employment disciplinary procedures was recently considered by the Court of Appeal in Doolin v The Data Protection Commissioner  IECA 117, following the appeal of an earlier decision from the High Court.