Karen Connolly joins Womens Aid Steering Group for victims of domestic abuse

Our Family Law Partner Karen Connolly has welcomed the opportunity to become involved in a Steering Group for Women’s Aid ABCLN ‘Older But No Safer’ Project.

Claire Edgar presents talk at Domestic Abuse Conference 2021

On 3rd November 2021, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar was invited to present a talk at this year’s Domestic Abuse Conference.

Claire Edgar provides training on domestic abuse to newly appointed ASSIST NI Advocates

On 27th August 2021, our Family Law Partner, Claire Edgar presented at a training panel event to welcome newly appointed Advocates for ASSIST NI.

Claire Edgar discusses Parental Alienation at Safeguarding Board Event

On 28th July 2021, our Family Law Partner, Claire Edgar, presented at a workshop event organised by the Safeguarding Board of Northern Ireland. The event entitled 'Refusing Contact/Parental Alienation' explored issues around domestic abuse and parental alienation.

Francis Hanna & Co listed as specialists in international parental child abduction matters

Due to a wealth of experience in the area of international parental child abduction, Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors have been listed as specialist lawyers for Reunite International, a leading UK charity founded in 1987 to provide advice and support on issues surrounding the international movement of children.

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.  

NI Parental alienation cases on the rise

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

Domestic Abuse and Civil Proceedings Bill passes NI Assembly Final Stage

On 18th January 2021,  the Domestic Abuse and Civil Proceedings Bill passed its Final Stage in Northern Ireland Assembly.

New Year brings the introduction of Stalking Bill to NI Assembly

On 18th January 2021, Minister for Justice Naomi Long introduced legislative proposals for a Protection from Stalking Bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly. The proposed Bill would create a specific criminal offence of stalking in Northern Ireland along with an offence of threatening and abusive behaviour that can be made out after a single incident.   

High Court rules on Francis Hanna & Co Hague Convention case

The High Court in Belfast has recently handed down a decision in the Matter of K (a minor) a Hague Convention case in which Francis Hanna & Co acted on behalf of one of the parents.

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. 

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.

Covid-19 lockdown causes increase in Domestic Abuse but emergency Court protection still available

It is highlighted this week in newly released PSNI statistics that the number of domestic abuse crimes in the last year has been the highest figure recorded in Northern Ireland the last 15 years.   In total, the PSNI recorded 31,817 incidents between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, an increase of 15 per cent on last year’s figures.

Stalking and the Law in NI

National Stalking Awareness Week 2020 runs this week from Monday 20th April 2019 to Friday 24th April 2019.

How will lockdown impact upon contact with your child

Yesterday evening, the government announced more stringent measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus Covid 19 within our communities.  These measures have effectively resulted in a lockdown, with the nation being told to stay at home and cease all non-essential travel. 

Social Distancing & Self Isolation not barriers to Protection from Domestic Abuse

The world is currently bowing under the pressure of a virus the like of which has never been seen in any of our lifetime – businesses are locking their doors, the elderly and vulnerable are hiding themselves away and it might feel like the whole world is going into lockdown, with help out of reach for many.

End of the decade sees the beginning of Civil Partnerships for Mixed Sex Couples

Today, the last day of the decade, is the day that thousands of mixed-sex couples in England & Wales are expected to enter into civil partnerships.

Claire Edgar appointed to International Children Law Panel of Solicitors

Our Family and Divorce Partner, Claire Edgar has been appointed by Northern Ireland Central Authority to the International Children Law Panel of Solicitors.

Irish Legal News publishes article by our Claire Edgar in which she sets out the Court's powers

Claire Edgar considers yesterday's UK Supreme Court decision in a child abduction case.

Claire Edgar presents talk to Women's Aid

Our Divorce and Family Law Partner Claire Edgar attended with Women’s Aid ABCLN group in Ballymena to present a talk entitled ‘Mums and the Law – a synopsis of the ways the law can assist mothers on relationship breakdown’.