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AUTHOR(S): Bríd Munnelly
PRACTICE AREA GROUP: Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
DATE: 23.06.2011

Our Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department hosted a very successful series of breakfast Litigation Masterclass seminars in Spring this year. Over 160 attendees were present at the four seminars, comprising in-house counsel, compliance and risk staff as well as senior management across various sectors. The seminars addressed those topics which have been regularly identified by clients as of key concern to them, including the handling of financial disputes, and the costs of litigation. Following the success of the seminars, the Department intends to hold an Autumn series of litigation masterclass seminars.

In the meantime, the Department also recently held a seminar on the new Arbitration Act 2010, which was chaired by Michael Collins SC. Other speakers included our own Damien Keogh and Gearoid Carey, two leading arbitration experts in the Irish market. The Act came into effect on 8 June 2010, and modernises existing arbitration law by creating a legal framework consistent with best practice in the international arbitration arena. It also applies the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration to all arbitrations now taking place in Ireland. It also updates and repeals the Arbitration Act 1954, the Arbitration Act 1980 and the Arbitration (International Commercial) Act 1998.

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