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Legal 500

Legal 500

O'Rourke Reid Law Firm Leeds is pleased to announce that we have been included in the Legal 500 2013 listing as a leading firm for Defendant personal injury and Commercial Property for Yorkshire and the Humber region.

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Emma Farrell of O’Rourke Reid is recommended for advising on RTA, employers’ and occupiers’ liability and industrial disease cases, including hand-arm vibration and noise-induced hearing loss matters


BICC - Irish Post Article

O'Rourke Reid Leeds hosted a Seminar on Tuesday, 23rd April in conjunction with the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and AIB (GB) on British Irish Trade at our office in York Place. Please see the accompanying feature that appeared in 'The Irish Post' of 1st June 2013. Reproduced with kind permission from The Irish Post.
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British Ambassador supports second "Doing Business in Britain Seminar" - 16th May 2013

Helen Higgins Whelan

by hhigginswhelan@orourkereid.com

On Thursday, 16 May, The British Ambassador, H.E. Dominick Chilcott welcomed over 120 delegates to the second annual joint seminar entitled "Doing Business in Britain". Many of the attendees were either planning on or were already operating in Britain

Leading professional firms joined forces to coordinate the event including: RSM Farrell Grant Sparks; UK Trade & Investment (UKTI); O'Rourke Reid; Ulster Bank; London & Partners; RSM Tenon; and the Enterprise Europe Network Office at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

The event included an expert panel of national and international speakers from the above organisations, who gave an overview of the current business landscape in Britain, highlighting recent challenges and opportunities as well as technical advice on legal, tax and banking matters.

Practical experience of operating as an Irish company in Britain was provided by Realex Payments and Sword Security Ltd who spoke of their lessons learned and how they were supported by agencies such as London & Partners and UKTI respectively.

Commenting on the event, the British Ambassador said, "I am delighted to support this important seminar, now in its second year. It sets out the practical steps required, from a legal and financial viewpoint, to doing business in the UK. It also explains the help, advice and support that is available from UK Trade & Investment together with agencies such as London & Partners, when making this move. The interest by Irish companies in doing business in and with Britain was shown by the significant increase in the number of attendees for this years' seminar and I hope to see this increased interest continue."

Britain Seminar Britain Seminar

Britain Seminar

With many thanks to Paul Sherwood, photographer for permission to use the accompanying photos.

Calcutta Run 2013 Coffee Morning - 22nd April 2013

Calcutta Run

by Graham Duggan

On Friday 19th April, O'Rourke Reid Law Firm held a coffee morning and cake sale in support of the 2013 Calcutta Run. The firm was delighted to welcome Joanne Martin, Fundraising Officer from the Peter McVerry Trust to speak about the work that the organisation does with young people since its formation in 1983.

Staff members baked many delicious cakes and buns to sell and raise money for the Calcutta Run. In total, the figure of €236.36 was raised amongst the staff of O'Rourke Reid. Staff members have also signed up to run or walk the Calcutta Run to raise further funds for both The Peter McVerry Trust and Goal.

Calcutta Run Calcutta Run

Calcutta Run

If you would like to find out more information on the Calcutta Run or to donate to the cause, please click on the following links for all the details http://www.calcuttarun.com/

Calcutta Run 2013 - 8th April 2013

Calcutta Run

by Graham Duggan

O'Rourke Reid Law Firm is delighted to be involved and supporting the 2013 Calcutta Run. Over the last 15 years, staff from the firm have run and walked in the event. During the course of 10kms event, they have raised funds for the two designated charities: The Peter McVerry Trust and Goal.

Along with members of staff fundraising prior to taking part in the event on Saturday 25th of May, O'Rourke Reid are holding a coffee morning and cake sale on Friday, the 19th April in our offices when staff members are going to bake cakes and buns to sell and raise money for the Calcutta Run.

If you would like to find out more information on the Calcutta Run or to donate to the cause, please click on the following links for all the details http://www.calcuttarun.com/

Update on Parental Leave - 4th April 2013

Killian O' Reilly

by Killian O'Reilly

The Minster for Justice and Equality has implemented new regulations relating to Parental Leave. The Regulations give effect to EU Council Directive 2010/18/EU.

The key changes implemented by the regulations are:

  • An increase in the amount of Parental Leave available to each parent per child from 14 weeks to 18 weeks.
  • The parent returning to work following Parental Leave has the right to ask for a change in their work pattern or hours for a set period. An employer is obliged to consider this request but is not required to grant the request.

Currently in Ireland, Maternity Leave is paid for 26 weeks with an additional 16 weeks unpaid leave also being available. In addition, a further 14 weeks unpaid Parental Leave is available for both mothers and fathers until the child reaches 8 years of age. The Regulations extends that period from 14 weeks to 18 weeks.

Parents can avail of the leave for each child under 8 but they are limited to 18 weeks per year if they have more than one child (expect in the case of twins or triplets). While both parents have equal rights to Parental Leave, the leave cannot be transferred between them unless they work for the same employer.

If you have any queries, please contact Killian O'Reilly koreilly@orourkereid.com (240 1200)