Litigation funding in Ireland to be considered by the Irish Supreme Court

08-09-2016

Author: Colin Monaghan, Elizabeth Upton and Florence Loric



The Supreme Court is to hear an appeal which may have significant implications for professional third party litigation funding in Ireland.

The Supreme Court recently determined that it would hear an appeal of the High Court decision in Persona Digital Telephony Ltd v The Minister for Public Enterprise, delivered in April of this year, which confirmed that, by reason of the doctrines of maintenance and champerty, professional third party litigation funding is currently prohibited in Ireland (see our previous article here). The applicants in the case, who say they require litigation funding to progress a claim against various parties, including the State, sought to appeal the High Court decision directly to the Supreme Court, bypassing the Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court has granted them permission to do so.

Read the full briefing here.

 

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