Insurance Non-Injury Update January 2018

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Insurance Non-Injury Update January 2018

Published 24 enero 2018

Latest update - Commencement of the Mediation Act 2017

The Mediation Act 2017 (the Act) has commenced as of the 1 January 2018, following which the Law Society of Ireland provided the following guidelines.

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Clarification of Limitation Periods in Property Damage Claims

In the recent decision in Brandley and WJB Developments v Deane and Ors, the Supreme Court ruled that in property damage cases, for the purposes of the Statute of Limitations, the cause of action accrues on the date on which the defect in question commences causing loss, rather than the date on which the defective work was completed. 

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Chief justice calls for significant Judicial Reform

At a recent speaking engagement, Chief Justice Frank Clarke proposed a radical overhaul to the way in which the lower courts operate in Ireland, advising that the "art of judging" could be improved by allowing judges in the district courts to specialise in different practice areas. This could be done by dividing the country into regions in which a judge of each speciality could be assigned, as opposed to the current system whereby each district judge is assigned a specific geographical region, and must deal with the wide variety of cases that arise in that district.

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Authors

Noreen Howard

Noreen Howard

Dublin

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Jane Kenneally

Jane Kenneally

Dublin

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Laurence Mulligan

Laurence Mulligan

Dublin

Charlotte Burke

Charlotte Burke

Dublin

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