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Published 15 April 2020
In its recent judgement in Proudfoot v MGN Limited  IEHC 871, the High Court refused an application to extend the one year limitation period for defamation actions provided for under section 38 of the Defamation Act 2009.
In the recent English Court of Appeal decision in Sports Direct International Plc (“Sports Direct”) v The Financial Reporting Council (“FRC”) the Court overturned the High Court's decision that Sports Direct was required to hand over its privileged documents in response to a statutory notice from the FRC (pursuant to the Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016 (“SATCAR”)
In response to the current outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, the Courts Service has introduced a number of measures to scale back the work of the courts. This will result in a huge decrease in the amount of hearings across all court jurisdictions.
The effects of the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak have had far reaching effects on global businesses, offices and public services. While current restrictions have disrupted the business continuity of the Courts, we have seen other areas, such as alternative dispute resolution procedures, continuing to operate relatively uninterrupted.
The Data Protection Commission (“DPC”) recently published guidance for data controllers and processors outlining appropriate security measures to be implemented in relation to data subjects’ personal data.
Together, we are all facing many challenges as we adapt to new ways of doing business. Handling information, both ours and our clients, is what we do on a daily basis. DAC Beachcroft Dublin has been fully agile for some time and we have clear policies and procedures in place to make sure that the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our systems and the information that we hold remain secure in accordance with our legal and regulatory objectives.
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