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When a person suffers a personal injury as a result of an accident, however trivial, the effect on his or her daily life in the short and/or long term can be quite devastating.

Road Traffic Accidents · Fatal Accident · Brain injury · Spinal injury · Industrial Deafness · Occupational Asthma · Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome · Victims of Abuse · Personal Injury Trusts


Whenever we receive medical treatment, we expect and are entitled to receive a certain level of care. Unfortunately not everyone's experience of healthcare is problem free.

Clinical negligence claims · Birth related brain injury · De Puy ASR Hip Replacement Implants Recall


Since the early 1960s Francis Hanna & Co has been acting on behalf of victims of asbestos related diseases in Northern Ireland.

Asbestos claims · Mesothelioma claims
Pleural Plaques claims · Canadian and American cases · Australian cases
Asbestos related diseases · Mesothelioma · Asbestos occupations · Costs in proceeding with a claim


Life is a journey that starts and ends with family. While every family is different, many face similar challenges that may require legal advice.

Child Contact Proceedings · Fathers Rights · Domestic Abuse
Parental Responsibility · Care Proceedings
International Child Abduction · Adoption


The ending of a marriage can be one of the most difficult and stressful times in a person's life, bringing with it worries and fears about how life will change. Going through a divorce often involves navigating a long, complicated legal process.

Divorce · International Divorce
Matrimonial Agreements · Ancillary Relief · Maintenance


We have been involved in major employment law developments since the introduction of protective legislation in the 1960s.

Employment Rights
Workplace Conflict Resolution
Commercial Agency Disputes


Investing in property may be the biggest financial commitment you make in your life.

Private Tenancies
Commercial Property Matters


Advising older clients requires wide ranging skills. The prospect of living longer should be good news, but inevitably it gives rise to a number of concerns.

Mental Capacity
Enduring Power of Attorney
Living Wills & Advanced Directives


Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives all run on from one another. Is this the best option? Who should make a Will?

Disputed Wills
Inheritance Provision Claims
Administration of Estates and Trusts


If a member of your family has a learning disability planning for the future social and financial wellbeing of all concerned is particularly important. 

Discretionary Trusts
Disabled Persons Trusts
Statutory Wills

Martin Hanna was a rock for me at a time when I was lost in a storm.  I will be eternally grateful for the help and support that he gave me which kept me positive and strong throughout my darkness. I have a long way to go, but he guided me through a big part of my difficult journey.

I am incredibly impressed with the service you provide.  A massive thank you for your expertise and seemingly endless patience and for making a testing time a whole lot easier

Calls to the office were answered promptly, calls returned in adequate time, email response received in timely fashion and all correspondence clear and concise

When one tweet can put you in the hot seat

In January 2020, Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Arlene Foster, initiated a claim for defamation of character after Dr. Christian Jessen posted a tweet on Twitter alleging the DUP leader was having an affair. The tweet was retweeted 517 times and liked by 3,500 users.
01/06/2021general news

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day 2021

Friday 21st May 2021 marks Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day 2021. This is an event arranged by the Spinal Injuries Association in conjunction with other charities to increase awareness and understanding of spinal cord injuries and their impact, effect and treatment.
21/05/2021personal injury

Action for Brain Injury Week 2021, The Importance of Instructing a Specialist in Brain Injury Claims

Action for Brain Injury Week 2021 runs in the UK from 17th – 23rd May 2021. This is a week where focus is given to raising awareness of the devastating effects of brain injury.  As a legal practice specialising in catastrophic brain injury cases, we are regularly faced with the effects of brain injury arising out of all types of accidents on the road, at work or as a result of medical negligence.
21/05/2021personal injury

Bill Gates Divorce - Can finances be divided amicably

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda recently announced their intention to divorce after 27 years of marriage. 

Deaf Awareness Week 2021

Deaf Awareness Week 2021 runs from 4th - 9th May 2021 and aims not only to promote the positive aspects of living with deafness but to raise awareness of organisations that work to support those living with hearing loss and deafness within our communities.
05/05/2021personal injury

English Court of Appeal decision stresses need for understanding of Domestic Abuse within Judiciary

In March 2021, the Court of Appeal in England handed down judgement in four appeals dealing with how allegations of domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour should be addressed by the Family Courts.  

Same Household Rule removed in Northern Ireland

A change has been introduced in relation to applying for Criminal Injuries Compensation.
20/04/2021personal injury

NI Parental alienation cases on the rise

An increasing number of cases involving allegations of parental alienation are coming before the Northern Ireland courts.