September 29, 2016

Tax deadlines are approaching – get ready to pay and/or file returns

For gifts and inheritances then please note that where a valuation date for Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT) occurred between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, the pay and file deadline is 31 October 2016. Extended deadline  Where the taxpayer or his/her agent is both paying and filing online through […]
July 19, 2016

Helping vulnerable people make decisions

The cornerstones of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 (the Act) are the provisions on the functional approach to decision making capacity ( s.3 of the Act) and the guiding principles which are to apply in relation to any interventions under the Act (s.8 of the Act). These two hugely important provisions are […]
June 28, 2016

Will solicitors and lawyers be replaced by computers?

Recently, at Chancery Lane, London, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by UK Law Society President on the future of technology and the Law. The following is an extract of some of the points made by him :- “Artificial intelligence is not only around us but it is part […]
June 21, 2016

Insurers fail to prosecute fraudsters – according to former Irish High Court Judge

Former president of the High Court, Mr Justice Kearns has criticised the State’s loss-making insurers for not seeking the prosecution of people found to have made fraudulent injury claims. Speaking yesterday at a conference on Ireland’s soaring personal injury costs and insurance premiums, Mr Justice Kearns said: “A particular bugbear of […]