Welcome to the Spring 2023 Edition of the Matheson Horizon Tracker
As usual the Matheson Horizon Tracker describes key Irish and EU legislative and regulatory developments. This Spring we have taken a slightly different approach to the timing of the Tracker and have decided to monitor progress of the legislative programme through the Oireachtas session, rather than looking ahead at the beginning of the term.
The current session is now nearing its closure for Easter recess on 30 March 2023. We have chosen 13 March 2023 as our 'as of ' date. Similarly we have tracked progress of key developments from Europe over the period since our last Tracker.
The European influence on legislative developments is particularly evident in this Tracker, ranging from initiatives in the Employment sphere which anticipate or implement EU instruments, to significant initiatives in the Financial Services sector underpinning sustainable finance and further progress under the Capital Markets Union plan. There are specific energy initiatives regarding fuel use and pricing, and finally, significant initiatives across many areas relating to Consumer Protection, not least the introduction of a consumer class action framework implementing EU law.
In light of this latter initiative, and following the passing of the Consumer Rights Act in 2022, we have collated relevant legislation from a number of our practice areas under a Consumer Protection category for ease of reference. We hope that consumer facing clients will find this guide useful.
To provide a relative point of departure, we refer back to the 2022 Horizon Trackers, where initiatives have been in the pipeline over the year (and in some cases beyond that). In our view this provides additional context. This edition is a web based production with links to commentary and analysis of key developments from each practice or subject area with links to further reading for expert Matheson analysis. From there please follow links to the reference guide for all relevant legislative and regulatory instruments in that subject.
In tandem with our publication of the Horizon Tracker we have also updated and improved access to our external webinar platform, the Matheson Knowledge Hub. Our practice areas, our Professional Support Lawyers Faculty, and our Knowledge Team, collaborate to offer you a range of recorded webinars which are relevant to current developments described in the Tracker. Following a simple registration process you can access webinars such as Employment Law: The Year Ahead; Financing Outlook for 2023; a webinar on the Impact of Developments in Legal Tech on the Practice of Law and many others. We look forward to a Brexit Revisited event broadcast from our London office on 30 March. In April and May, amongst other offerings, we will host events and webinars on Corporate Sustainability, Debt Restructuring and Turnarounds, and Consumer Class Actions. If you wish to register for our Matheson Knowledge Hub you can contact us at KnowledgeHub@matheson.com.
If you have any further questions, or require detailed advice please get in touch with your usual Matheson contact.
Explore the Legal and Regulatory Horizon
Matheson's expert teams have produced summaries of the legal and regulatory developments at a domestic and European level that will affect Irish businesses. Explore these key themes and trends by browsing the links below.
Policy imperatives include ongoing concerns with sustainable finance with developments around the Green Bond standard and advancement of the Capital Markets Union.
Although the last number of years will be remembered as a time that forever changed the employment law landscape, 2023 is shaping up to see almost as many important and significant developments.