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Finders, keepers?

t has this neat citation: “A finder of property acquires no rights in mislaid property, is entitled to possession of lost property against everyone except the true owner, and is entitled to keep abandoned property”.


…usque ad coelum et ad inferos

Solicitors may or may not be from Hell, but there will be occasions when, to Hell they must go.


Stolen goods

In the world of commerce, possession alone is insufficient to transact business; title or ownership is indispensable.


The Allegories of the Nile

There is, however, a human type that is radically intolerant of the mistakes of others. Alternatively, that type is inflexible in thought. Alternatively, these are human traits which some people have and others do not; and some people have both traits.


The Picture of Dorian Grey

It has been the practice of art galleries in Ireland to keep the very identity of purchasers secret from the artists who the gallery “represents”.


I left my heart in San Francisco

At common law there is and never was a property in a human body. In the UK it is possible, apparently for property to subsist in part of a human body that being, allegedly, a consequence of the provisions of Section 4 of the Theft Act 1968 in the UK, on the grounds set out in R v Kelly [1999] QB 621 where a judge stated:


The Conveyancing Committee

The Conveyancing Committee is comprised of working solicitor members (working in private practice) brought together by the Law Society of Ireland to give guidance, and set procedures, in the resolution of questions that may arise in conveyancing transactions. Conveyancing is what lawyers do when transferring or mortgaging land or buildings. The members are unpaid for their work. They are, of necessity, deeply involved in conveyancing practice and, of course, earn their living from doing so. They tend not to belong […]


The Richmond Hospital

The Richmond Hospital in North Brunswick St. has a new phase of life as a District Court building. It’s a fine two story building of red brick and terracotta with two wings on either side of a fine staircase to the entrance. Court 52 is clearly occupying what was once a hospital ward; broad and well lit, with gracious ceiling height in proportion to the size of the space. The structure inspires confidence in its developers, the medical men (and […]


Management companies in apartment complexes

Management companies in apartment complexes 1. There are good reasons for the existence of management companies in apartment complexes. The need exists for some legal entity to manage and control the “common areasâ€?, those portions of a development that are not part of any apartment. Normally each apartment owner has a share in the management company or is a member. These are usually companies limited by Guarantee. The management company will insure the apartment complex (including the apartments) and will […]