Welcome to a new podcast series from the Business Post on legal affairs in Ireland and beyond. In this series, hosts Peter Leonard, barrister, and Mark Tottenham, barrister and author, are joined by Catherine Sanz, legal correspondent of the Business Post, to shine a light on legal topics and court cases, as well as offering interviews with high profile figures from the legal world.
From the Bar to the Front Bench
Alex White, senior counsel, reflects on his journey from journalism to law, a career in politics with the Labour party, and his recent appointment as director general of the Institute for International and European Affairs.
Hosts Catherine Sanz and James McDermott also discuss some legal stories in the news.
Building a powerhouse team from scratch, Eavan Saunders of Dentons.
Eavan Saunders, managing partner at Dentons Dublin and country head for Ireland, on her vision for the office, her A-list disputes team, battling gender bias, and winning new clients.
Hosts Catherine Sanz and James McDermott, barrister, also discuss some recent legal cases in the news, a new law on service charges, and plans in Germany to legalise bin diving.
Protecting dignity and preserving humanity. Noeline Blackwell, chief of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, on how the law should help victims and why public inquiries need to be done differently.
In the second episode of season three, Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, discusses new legislation on human trafficking and how her team has been preparing to assist Ukrainians who may have been victims of sexual violence. She also chats about her views on arming the gardai, pro-bono work, and winning a recent lifetime achievement award.
Hosts Catherine Sanz and Cormac Ó Culáin also review some important legal stories in the news.
Lawfare and legal threats: Caoilfhionn Gallagher, KC, on defending pro-democracy campaigners and journalists around the world.
In the first episode of season three, Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, and member of an international legal team alongside Amal Clooney, discusses some of the dangers her clients face from spurious lawsuits by State actors. Gallagher discusses the case of Jimmy Lai, a Hong Kong pro democracy campaigner, and Maria Ressa, a Nobel Peace Prize winning journalist, who is facing decades in prison in the Philippines. Hosts Catherine Sanz and Neville Cox also review some of the latest legal news, judgements from the Irish courts, and discuss the best legal movie of all time.
Reputation at any cost: Sheila Willis on miscarriages of justice and Prof Neville Cox on defamation
Sheila Willis, president of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (and former director of Forensic Science Ireland) joins the podcast to discuss the dangers of forensic evidence and how miscarriages of justice may be avoided. Neville Cox, professor of law in Trinity College Dublin, speaks about defamation, the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial, and the so-called 'Wagatha Christie' case. Our hosts Peter Leonard, Mark Tottenham and Catherine Sanz also discuss recent case law and high profile litigation.
Law on Trial is sponsored by EY Ireland.
Time for change? Ireland's equality laws and the future for remote working
Sinéad Gibney, chief commissioner with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, joins the podcast to discuss whether Ireland’s equality laws are fit for purpose and how the State’s decision to fight issues it eventually concedes is a drain on resources. The podcast also hears from Deirdre Malone, head of EY Law Ireland's employment team, who discusses remote working and whether moves by companies abroad to cut the pay of staff choosing to work remotely could become the norm in Ireland. And the hosts discuss the 'Wagatha Christie' trial, which started in Britain this week, and what people may be able to expect from lawyers for Colleen Rooney and Rebecca Vardy.
Law on Trial is sponsored by EY Law Ireland.
Really enjoy listening to this podcast. Very interesting topics and these are well presented. Looking forward to the next series.