In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and following government guidance, our offices are currently closed for the protection of our staff and clients.

However, we wish to assure you that all of our solicitors continue to work remotely and are available to provide advice and assistance in relation to both current cases as well as any new matters you may wish to discuss.

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PERSONAL INJURYPERSONAL INJURY

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

MEDICAL NEGLIGENCEMEDICAL NEGLIGENCE

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

ASBESTOS CLAIMSASBESTOS CLAIMS

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

FAMILYFAMILY

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

DIVORCEDIVORCE

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

EMPLOYMENTEMPLOYMENT

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

PROPERTYPROPERTY

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

Private Tenancies
Commercial Property Matters

ELDER CLIENTSELDER CLIENTS

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 & ESTATESWILLS & ESTATES

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

LEARNING DISABILITYLEARNING DISABILITY

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

The firm’s solicitors are exceptionally adept at quickly identifying the crux of an issue even in circumstances where the paperwork is mountainous

My dealings with Linda have been exemplary and hassle free despite the often complicated nature of the matters arising. I would have no hesitation and indeed have recommended to friends and family

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

Holiday headaches for employees and employers

Many of those who were hoping to travel abroad for a summer holiday had their hopes dashed at the weekend, as announcements were made that anyone returning from Spain would be required to spend two weeks in quarantine. 
05/08/2020employment

Government reveals intention to extend Bereavement Benefit to Cohabitees with Children

  We warmly welcome an announcement made by the Government in recent days that they intend to issue a Remedial Order to remove the incompatibilities from the legislation governing Widowed Parents Allowance and Bereavement Support Payment.
03/08/2020social justice

Court of Appeal confirms Universal Credit payment cycle for working claimants unlawful

We previously wrote about a challenge to Universal Credit taken in England, which has the potential to bring about an important change in the way that the benefit is paid to those in work.
23/07/2020social justice

High Court rules that Non-Molestation Orders can be extended

The High Court has delivered an important judgment in relation to the issue of whether the Domestic Proceedings Court has the power to extend Non-Molestation Orders. 
21/07/2020family

An Update on Stamp Duty

A welcome stamp duty holiday until 31 March 2021 has been announced as part of a packet of measures to stimulate the economy.
09/07/2020property

High Court Challenge welcomed amidst Surge in Domestic Violence

This Friday 3rd July, the High Court in Belfast will hear an emergency Judicial Review to determine whether the Court Service of Northern Ireland has acted lawfully by refusing to extend emergency Non-Molestation Orders put in place to protect victims of domestic abuse. It comes at a time when rates of domestic abuse have soared in Northern Ireland and charities have described “an explosion” of incidents in recent months.
02/07/2020family

Divorce Case Study - I am worried my husband has hidden assets, what can I do

A person leaving a marriage can feel anxious about the impact that the separation and divorce process will have on them and they may be worried about how it will be possible to disentangle themselves from the marriage both emotionally and financially.
17/06/2020divorce

Northern Ireland Property Market To Reopen On Monday

We welcome the news that the Northern Ireland Executive have announced that people can buy, sell and move home, as from 15 June 2020. 
12/06/2020property