James McDermott

James McDermott

Champerty: The ancient law still felt today

Champerty: The ancient law still felt today

The ban on third-party legal funding dates from the tail end of the medieval era – and was abolished in Britain half a century ago

United Airlines: Selling a plane seat twice is pure greed

United Airlines: Selling a plane seat twice is pure greed

Overbooking and bumping passengers is perfectly legal but in other industries, it would be fraud

Why the diaspora shouldn’t get a vote

Why the diaspora shouldn’t get a vote

The idea of allowing Irish abroad to vote in elections is a nice break from reality, but not one we should embrace

That Oscar blooper has vindicated everyone who makes mistakes

That Oscar blooper has vindicated everyone who makes mistakes

We should not be afraid of our mistakes, because few people get to the top without making a few along the way

It’s rarely a good sign for the defence if snores are heard

It’s rarely a good sign for the defence if snores are heard

Every legal system occasionally lapses into dormancy, but there is judicial sympathy towards somnolence

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Standing on the shoulders of giants

When it comes to accountability, our politicians need to follow the lead of Roman engineers

Judiciary’s independence winner in Brexit ruling

Judiciary’s independence winner in Brexit ruling

Ireland’s robust common law system is a key attraction for firms rushing to leave London

Drafting legislation to ban ticket touting is fraught with difficulties

Drafting legislation to ban ticket touting is fraught with difficulties

A blanket ban on selling tickets at above face value could have unintended consequences

How much is too much?

How much is too much?

As a €900,000 award is overturned, questions must be asked about how libel damages are decided upon

How much is too much?

How much is too much?

Comment: Down the years, the willingness of juries to award large sums to libel plaintiffs has had dreadful implications for freedom of speech in Ireland

Referendum on presidency gives new meaning to youth vote

Referendum on presidency gives new meaning to youth vote

We can send a message to the world if we reduce the age at which you can run for the Áras

The Dwyer Trial: The jury: the most serious decision they will ever take

The Dwyer Trial: The jury: the most serious decision they will ever take

Complex and sometimes harrowing evidence, long hours of boring or difficult details and one person’s fate in your hands, performing a juror’s duties is no easy task

McIlroy settlement is par for the course

McIlroy settlement is par for the course

Parties usually prefer to strike a deal than risk a judge’s whims

All human life exists here

All human life exists here

James McDermott With everything from littering to serious criminal cases before it, the District Court is hardly glamorous, but it is the engine that keeps our legal system running smoothly

Anglo Trial: Ignorance of the law is no excuse

Anglo Trial: Ignorance of the law is no excuse

Corporate Ireland will be paying close attention to the exacting standards expected of company directors