John M. O’Connor R.I.P.

It is with much regret that we announce the death of our former managing partner and dear friend, John M. O’Connor, who died peacefully on 1st August 2020.

John qualified as a solicitor in the early 1950’s and became a partner in the firm of J G O’Connor & Co, Solicitors, a practice commenced by his late father. Subsequently, and for almost 20 years, he was managing partner of O’Connor Solicitors based here in our offices at 8 Clare Street, Dublin.

Away from the office, John was a keen sportsman competing in many a regatta at the National Yacht Club and was a member of Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club. John also took a keen interest in rugby and was a regular spectator at Six Nations matches at Lansdowne Road.

John had an exceptional legal mind and he enjoyed nothing more than delving deep into a complex legal issue. He offered the soundest of advice to clients over a 60-year career, and his patience with less experienced colleagues who regularly relied on his vast wealth of knowledge, was renowned.

John will be very much missed by his wife Mary, his family and friends, and by those of us who had the pleasure of working with him.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Q&A Guide to Employment and Employee Benefits in Ireland : 2020

We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Thomson Reuters and once again our Partners Peter Benson, John O’Connor and Ruth O’Connor authored the Guide to Employment & Employee Benefits in Ireland: 2020 now published by Thomson Reuters. Click here to view the Guide.

For further information or clarification, please contact :

Peter Benson
peter.benson@oclegal.ie

Ruth O’Connor
ruth.oconnor@oclegal.ie

John O’Connor
john.oconnor@oclegal.ie

Covid-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic represents a significant challenge to individuals and businesses everywhere. O’Connor Solicitors is committed to continuing to provide services at this time. We are monitoring the situation created by the COVID-19 outbreak and we are following the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

We have taken a number of steps to minimise the impact of the virus and our office remains open. In the event of any advised office closure we have systems in place to minimise disruption and work remotely. We would however ask you to copy all correspondence to us by email. Links to individual solicitors’ email addresses may be found here:

John C. O’Connor
john.oconnor@oclegal.ie

Peter Morrissey
peter.morrissey@oclegal.ie

Ruth O’Connor
ruth.oconnor@oclegal.ie

George O’Connor
george.oconnor@oclegal.ie

Peter Benson
peter.benson@oclegal.ie

Helen McGrath
helen.mcgrath@oclegal.ie

Claire Ryan
Claire.ryan@oclegal.ie

Rory O’Sullivan
rory.osullivan@oclegal.ie

Ray Gilmartin
ray.gilmartin@oclegal.ie

Collete Cassidy
collete.cassidy@oclegal.ie

We’re growing!

As part of our ongoing investment in the business, we are delighted to announce that we are growing and strengthening our team through a merger with a long-established commercial and property practise in Dublin; Peter Morrissey & Company,

Sale of Commercial Property site in Dublin (excess €55m)

O’Connor Solicitors are delighted to be instructed by the Trustees of the Milltown Park Charitable Trust in the sale of this prime site of just over 10 acres in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Mr Jack Devlin and Patrick Kirwan of GVA Donal O’Buachalla are agents for the sale.

 

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/commercial-property/residential-development-site-in-ranelagh-seeks-offers-over-55m-1.3911080#.XP_YqlXtAOA.mailto

 

 

Irish Law Awards 2019

O’Connor Solicitors have been selected as finalists for the Irish Law Awards 2019 in two categories :

Leinster Litigation Law Firm/Lawyer of the Year

Leinster (including Dublin) Employment Law Firm/Team/Lawyer of the Year

The award winners will be announced at a black tie event in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, on the 14th of June 2019

 

Standing on the shoulders of Giants in Croke Park

O’Connor Solicitors are delighted to sponsor the Naomh Mearnóg Under 8’s Boys Hurling and Football Teams for the 2019 season. The boys were invited to take part in the Go Games Mini Tournament in Croke Park on the 14th April – a fantastic experience for the lads, mentors and all associated with the teams and it was a real privilege to be there.  Thanks to the GAA, Littlewoods, Naomh Mearnóg and all those involved in organising and sponsoring such a super event.

Practical Law Global Guide 2019 : Employment and employee benefits in Ireland: Overview

Peter Benson, Ruth O’Connor, John O’Connor and Niall Enright, have authored the chapter on employment law in Thomson Reuter’s Practical Law Global Guide 2019 : Employment and employee benefits in Ireland : Overview.” 

This is a comprehensive article outlining the most up to date developments in Irish employment law which both employers and employees may find of interest.   Please click here to review the article in full.   If you have any queries in relation to any aspect of this article, please contact :-

Peter Benson
peter.benson@oclegal.ie

Ruth O’Connor
ruth.oconnor@oclegal.ie

John O’Connor
john.oconnor@oclegal.ie

Niall  Enright
niall.enright@oclegal.ie

CHARITIES AND PAYMENT OF RATES – CHANGES AFOOT

It is a principle of the law relating to the payment of rates that properties are rateable unless specifically exempted. Under the Valuation Act 2001 only certain limited exemptions were available to Charities and Charitable Organisations as reflected in several decisions of the Valuation Tribunal.  In particular, religious Charitable Organisations could only avail of an exemption where the building or part of a building was used exclusively for the purposes of public religious worship.  Although there was an exemption for lands or buildings occupied by a Charitable Organisation using same exclusively for charitable purposes, what constituted a “Charitable Organisation” was defined and interpreted narrowly, advancement of religion not being considered as a basis for exemption unless it involved public worship.  The definition of a “Charitable Organisation” was recently amended by the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) which now defines a “Charitable Organisation” by reference to Registered Charities under the Charities Act 2009 (the 2009 Act).

Following the introduction of the 2015 Act the Jesuit Missions Trust sought an exemption from Rates on the basis that it was a Charitable Organisation, a position opposed by the Commissioner of Valuations. Upon appeal, the Valuation Appeals Tribunal held in favour of the Jesuit Mission Trust, determining that advancement of religion was covered under the definition of a Charitable Organisation introduced in 2015, reference being required to the 2009 Act.   Charities for the advancement of religion and those using land exclusively for charitable purposes (otherwise than for private profit) may now, depending on the facts of their particular case, be able to avail of a broader exemption from rates and, as such, should review their position regarding their activities and the payment of rates.

The Jesuit Mission Trust was represented by O’Connor Solicitors, Mr. Paul Gallagher, S.C., Mr. Jonathan Miller, B.L., and advised by Messrs. GVA Donal O’Buachalla Limited.

 

Queries to John O’Connor

Managing Partner

O’Connor Solicitors

 

Successful outcome to Consultants Contracts litigation

“Delighted to be part of what was a great contract case. Thanks to the IMO and the Doctors for their instructions and to our whole team including Counsel Michael Cush SC and Barra Faughnan BL, our witnesses, and to Johnson Hana and Reveal Data on the Discovery.”

John O’Connor, Managing Partner

The firm’s managing partner, John O’Connor, expresses his thanks to everyone involved in the breach of contract litigation involving Ireland’s Hospital Consultants, the HSE, Minister for Health, Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.   John has led the team through this lengthy and complex litigation which culminated in the matter being successfully settled on Friday 15th June.   Click on the link below to read the Irish Times report on the case.

 

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/consultants-set-for-200m-back-pay-after-contract-cases-settled-1.3531744#.WyUACIfrHkw.linkedin