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We have recently been approached by some of our clients who have been contacted by email. 
Imagine your spouse/partner’s reaction if you said to them, “I don’t love you anymore and I have traded you in for a newer model”. 
 
Employment is very much like a marriage; everybody starts off with the best of intentions, they spend more time awake with each other than they do with their partners and a certain amount of emotional attachment may arise. Therefore, the leaving can be equally traumatic for both parties. 
1. Do You Know Where Your Title Deeds Are? 
In the furore over the TD on the swing a far more interesting Judgment was published on the 22nd May by the Court of Appeal. 
 
In that case the Appellant had been photographed at private “swingers” parties. Unfortunately, when his relationship broke up, his ex-partner then distributed the photographs to a National Newspaper. 
Two recent decisions of the Court of Appeal show that the balance in personal injury claims is now swinging back firmly in favour of the defendants. 
What Title Will You Choose: Tenancy-in-Common or Joint Tenancy? 
Congratulations, you have now become an accidental landlord. 
As most people now know, in order to bring a claim under the Unfair Dismissals Act, people must have at least a year’s service. However, that does not mean that people dismissed with less than a year’s service cannot bring claims under other legislation. 
The case of Irish Rail and Barry McKelvey (2018) IECA 346 has brought some much needed clarity to the question as to whether employees faced with disciplinary proceedings are entitled to have legal representation at any investigation and disciplinary enquiry. 
 
The Court of Appeal in this recent Judgment indicated that employees were not entitled to legal representation at the initial investigative process. It went on to consider at some length whether employees should be entitled to legal representation and the right to examine and cross examine witnesses during the course of any subsequent disciplinary enquiry. 
Please Don’t Make a Will 
 
This may seem strange advice coming from a solicitor but in actual fact our profession make far more money out of people who don’t make Wills than people who do. 
 
If you don’t make a Will, your estate is divided according to the provisions of the Succession Act 1965. If you are single and have parents your estate will go to them. If you have no parents but brother and sisters your estate will go to them in equal shares. If you are married with no children and don’t make a Will, your wife will inherit everything. If you are married with children and you don’t make a Will, your wife will inherit two thirds of the estate and the children will inherit one third between them. 
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