The Brief 14th Nov 2013

Your hosts barristers, Andrew Robinson and Peter Leonard look at the legal headlines of the week; from egg throwing, medical misconduct, is €9,000 a month enough to live on, rights of way and more.

Continuing the high standard of contribution from Dublin City University, Claire Michelle Smyth talks to Peter about the landmark 116 page ruling from the Supreme Court on the rights of way dispute between the owners of Lissadell House and Sligo County Council which may cost the tax payer €7,000,000.

Shon Hopwood talks candidly to Andrew about his remarkable life to date. Shon was an armed robber who cut a heavily armed swathe through Nebraskan banks, was convicted of his crimes and sentenced to 13 years in jail. He survived the first years of his incarceration with the aid of drink and drugs, and, then found redemption. He became perhaps the most successful jailhouse lawyer of all time and, next year will qualify as a lawyer. He talks about his rehabilitation and his future at the top of the American legal world.

Maura McGowan QC chair of the UK Bar Council on the threats to legal aid and access to justice.
Mark Tottenham BL on recent superior court decisions.

Presenters Andrew Robinson and Peter Leonard.
Produced by Killian Donoghue and Andrew Robinson.
Edited by Aoife Nic Canna