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Matheson’s Regulatory and Investigations Group September ezine

AUTHOR(S): Bríd Munnelly, Carina Lawlor, Michael Byrne
PRACTICE AREA GROUP: Regulatory and Investigations
DATE: 08.09.2015

As Autumn 2015 begins, we bring you our latest ezine with a number of updates on key Irish and EU developments which we believe may be of interest to your business. In particular, we profile the new lobbying legislation, enacted this week, which Bríd Munnelly and the Regulatory and Investigations team advise on.

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

From 1 September 2015, lobbying is now regulated in Ireland under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (the “Act”). The Act will have major implications for those lobbying public officials, including international companies lobbying an Irish public official within the jurisdiction.

Landmark Supreme Court judgment on evidence

The Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment in the case of DPP v JC [2015] IESC 31 where it articulated a new exclusionary rule concerning unconstitutionally obtained evidence.

Who watches the watchmen? Judicial review of an accountancy firm performing a public function

In a groundbreaking decision, the English High Court confirmed that KPMG, a private body, was subject to judicial review when performing a public function, in the context of a UK Financial Services Authority review.

Ireland’s defamation laws in the spotlight

Independent Newspapers looks set to challenge Ireland’s defamation laws after reportedly filing papers with the European Court of Human Rights.

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