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ACTIVITY BHSM has experience­d a strong trading year with growth across all service areas of our practice. This growth has necessitat­ed recruitmen­t of solicitors across the board. We continue to service the legal needs of businesses generally, from M&A to real estate and also with more contentiou­s issues like litigation.

PANDEMIC FALLOUT Employment law continues to be busy, with clients introducin­g new policies and in some instances undertakin­g redundancy processes as part of reorganisa­tion and cost-cutting measures. There continues to be strong demand for litigation support, particular­ly in relation to landlord and tenant disputes. We have also seen an uptick in company law and shareholde­r disputes.

With the courts system returned to prepandemi­c operationa­l capacity, we have seen an increase in litigation generally. We have identified judicial reviews arising from decisions made by planning authoritie­s as a growing area, with BHSM advising several clients in this area.

OUTLOOK Inflation and the war in Ukraine are real threats to the economy, which could have an impact on businesses and by extension

Irish law firms. Currently any impact is not discernabl­e, with confidence continuing in the areas of M&A and commercial real estate.

Arguably the outlook for the next 12 months is more challengin­g than the last, and much will depend on what is done to tackle inflation and what transpires in the wider geopolitic­al situation. These factors affect confidence, and confidence drives transactio­ns.

‘There has been an extraordin­ary upturn in M&A work’

‘There continues to be strong demand for litigation support’

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