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As a provider of legal and ancillary services since 1890, Ellis & Ellis occupies a unique position of both longevity and perspective in the law searching industry. In our ongoing partnership with large, small, and multi-disciplined practices, we regularly encounter certain ‘gaps in understanding’. This is particularly so when it comes to conducting ‘title investigation’ searches, but also affects other stand-alone search types.

While eminently experienced, Ellis & Ellis are not solicitors and, as such, do not and cannot provide legal opinion. However, our intention is to lend some of the 130 years of that insight to the more commonplace queries that arise from time to time. With this in mind, we trust you will find the following articles helpful.

The Sheriff (Revenue) offices – Their role and record keeping in a conveyancing context. The origins of the State’s various Sheriff’s Offices …

The Sheriff (Civil) offices – Their role and record keeping in a conveyancing context. The Sheriff’s Office origins lies in Irish pre-independence …

The Sheriff (Receiver of Fines) offices – Their role and record keeping in a conveyancing context. Predating Irish independence, and with a …

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When the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 came into force in October 1964 all local authorities (except town commissioners) were …

In order to answer the above, we must first ask the question…what is a deed? A deed can broadly be described as any written, attributable …

For some a business name is considered the ‘brand’ of an enterprise. A business name can help create a corporate identity, setting …

Ellis & Ellis have recently been in correspondence with the Central Register of Beneficial Ownership of Companies and Industrial and Provident Societies. …

Ellis & Ellis are pleased to announce the launch of our new Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) process when ordering searches. Designed to assist users …

What is the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI)? The Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) is an independent statutory body established on 1 …

What is a folio? To understand what a folio search is, you first need to understand ‘what is a folio?’. In essence, …

What is a Judgment (Debt/ Money)? When monies are owed by a person or a legal entity the courts may issue a …

What is a Lis Pendens? Literally the term translates from its original Latin as ‘Pending Litigation’ and refers to burdens registered against …

What is a Company search? A company search is a search against the registered name or number of a legal entity recorded …

What is Bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is a process where, for a person who is wholly or partially unable to repay their debts (both …

What is a Sheriff (Revenue) Search?  – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

The Sheriff (Revenue) offices – Their role and record keeping in a conveyancing context. The origins of the State’s various Sheriff’s Offices predate Irish independence. Deriving from English legal antiquity, these sheriff’s functions include the enforcement of court judgments. Presently, trade creditors and individuals can obtain judgments and use sheriffs (Cork & Dublin) or County Registrars (All other counties) to enforce payment. However, for debts owed to the Irish State, all taxes, interest and duties are collected via the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. These Revenue Commissioners in turn can confer (via warrant) their Sheriff’s power on their own appointees,

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What is a Sheriff (Civil) Search?  – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

The Sheriff (Civil) offices – Their role and record keeping in a conveyancing context. The Sheriff’s Office origins lies in Irish pre-independence and English legal antiquity. Originally levelled with the discharge of Crown duties, the (high) sheriff’s functions included the enforcement of court judgments.  However, in Ireland following the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty, the vestigial office of (high) sheriff was abolished, with the supervision and execution of court decrees devolved to the newly established County Registrars. Due to a combination of circumstances only Dublin (City and County) and Cork (City and County) retained the title of sheriff’s office. Accordingly, every county

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What is a Sheriff (Receiver of Fines) Search? – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

The Sheriff (Receiver of Fines) offices – Their role and record keeping in a conveyancing context. Predating Irish independence, and with a genesis in English legal antiquity, the evolution of the various Sheriff’s Offices has developed over time to meet the demands of the Irish state.  Presently all taxes, interest and duties owning to the state are collected via the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. They in turn can confer their Sheriff’s power to the offices of the local sheriffs, authorising them to carry out the enforcement of certificates issued.  However, the power of the Sheriffs (Revenue) or Sheriff (Civil)

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What is a Planning Search? – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

When the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 came into force in October 1964 all local authorities (except town commissioners) were granted planning powers for the localities under their control. At the same time, it made generally exempt all previous developments, builds and alterations already completed. This in effect made 1964 the de facto starting date for planning regulation and compliance today. Under these new powers local authorities were obliged to prepare and adopt development plans which would enhance their decision-making policies on physical planning. It also allowed the authorities to take control (by granting or refusing permission) of

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What is a Registry of Deeds Search? – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

In order to answer the above, we must first ask the question…what is a deed? A deed can broadly be described as any written, attributable and executable document that has been signed, attested, and delivered (sometimes sealed), which authorises the transfer or re-assignment of a property, right or interest.  In this blog, we are primarily considering deeds searching in connection with the transferring/ conveyancing of property title and/or associated rights or interests on land. As such, we need to consider how and where such deeds might be registered and how they might be searched against. To that end, we turn to the office

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What is a Business Name search? – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

For some a business name is considered the ‘brand’ of an enterprise. A business name can help create a corporate identity, setting up as it does either perceived or real client expectations around service, production or intent. A business name can equally be used to influence company culture or merely act as a mission statement for the body corporate. However, whatever the ultimate motivation in selecting and/ or operating under a business name, from a legal perspective it means that the business name owner(s) are persons or entities carrying out their trade under a brand, i.e., a name other than

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Register of Beneficial Ownership

Ellis & Ellis have recently been in correspondence with the Central Register of Beneficial Ownership of Companies and Industrial and Provident Societies. We have been informed that ‘…Following a recent judgement [sic] by the European Court of Justice the search facility on the RBO register for beneficial ownership information is now suspended…’ Moreover, we are also informed that the ‘…RBO is currently working on providing access for Designated Persons only…’. (Note: A designated person is defined on the RBO’s website (Section 15) as follows: Frequently Asked Questions About The RBO – RBO) Ellis & Ellis will continue to keep a

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Launching Our New Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) Process When Ordering Searches

Ellis & Ellis are pleased to announce the launch of our new Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) process when ordering searches. Designed to assist users in maintaining tighter controls on office expenditure, this streamlined and easy-to use PAYG option allows clients to pay for services as you use them. When ordering searches via www.ellis.ie and before the final submission of search requests, users will be given the choice to either ‘Pay later’ (default position) or ‘Pay now’ in the ‘Pay by Credit or Debit Card now?’ section of the website. If users opt to Pay As You Go, they simply click on the

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