COVID-19: Public, Regulatory & Investigations
24 August 2020
Navigating the public and regulated sector environment can be challenging, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Now more than ever, it is important that organisations can rely on expert legal advice to help them successfully address the full range of public sector and regulatory issues arising during the pandemic.
Our combined experience gives us a unique understanding of the challenges faced by statutory bodies and people dealing with these bodies; regulators and regulated persons; and anyone undertaking, or subject to, statutory or non-statutory investigation during this challenging time.
If you would like to discuss the continuing impact of COVID-19 on your organisation, please contact a member of our Public, Regulatory & Investigations team.
Irish Pharmacies to Adhere to New Pharmaceutical Society Standards in Fight Against COVID-19
Since 2007 the pharmacy regulator, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (“PSI”), has primarily used the legal provisions of the Pharmacy Act 2007 and the Regulation of Retail Pharmacy Businesses Regulations 2008 (as amended) as a means of regulating pharmacists and pharmacies
Remote Meetings & Hearings Allowed For State Bodies Under New Legislation
Legislation has been passed into Irish law which introduces a number of measures aimed at enhancing the ability of courts and other bodies to carry out their functions in a way which allows for safe practices during the current pandemic, including remote hearings and meetings. We will consider the newly introduced provisions as they impact on State, unincorporated and designated bodies.
To the Victor go the Spoils – But How Soon Can Legal Costs be Paid?
Litigants can often experience significant delays between being awarded legal costs, and actually having any of the costs paid. We look at the most recent legislation and rules around costs-awards in the Superior Courts, as well as available options to seek expedited or ‘up front’ payments of costs.
Constitutional Challenges to COVID-19 Emergency Legislation
The powers granted by the COVID-19 emergency legislation were extensive, intrusive and wide-ranging, and provided for significant curtailment of rights and freedoms. We consider the interference with constitutional rights, and in particular, property rights, and whether this is vulnerable to legal challenge.
Public, Regulatory & Investigations | COVID-19 – Do Normal Standards of Practice Apply?
We examine the approach adopted by UK statutory health and care regulators to professional regulation in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and consider the Irish position.
In Conversation with Robert Watt, Interim Secretary General, Department of Health
We hosted a webinar on Tuesday, looking at the Government strategy for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, and how this will affect the re-opening of the economy.
Professional Regulatory & Disciplinary Law: Recent Developments
This complimentary seminar, in collaboration with the Professional Regulatory and Disciplinary Bar Association of Ireland, was aimed at anyone involved in fitness to practise inquiries or other professional disciplinary proceedings, as well as others with an interest in regulatory law issues. Our speakers examined some of the recent developments in this field, and the impact these will have on related proceedings in the future.