Personal Independence Payments (PIP) - An Overview
Personal Independence Payment is the new benefit which replaces Disability Living Allowance. The benefit is designed to support those living with illness or disability. We have provided a short summary of the benefit, its problems and how anyone affected by it might get advice.
Friday 15th June 2018 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day'
The United Nations designated 15th June 2018 as ‘World Elder Abuse Awareness Day’. This is an occasion to recognise and highlight the issue of elder abuse in the world and for each country to vocalise its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted upon some members of our older generations.
Divorce and Pension Entitlement
When a marriage breaks down and spouses begin the task of trying to negotiate a financial settlement, many are often surprised to discover that one of the most valuable assets in their marriage, particularly if it is a long marriage, is their pension.
Meet the Young Solicitor Behind Belfast's First Supreme Court Case
Laura Banks of Francis Hanna Solicitors, acts in a landmark case challenging ineligibility for bereavement benefits for cohabiting partners and their children. It is being heard on 30th April 2018 and will be the first case that the Supreme Court has ever heard in Belfast.
Linda Johnston is Key Note Speaker at the Law Society NIs Elder Law Conference
Linda Johnston was recently a key note speaker at the Elder Law Conference organised by the Law Society of NI in November 2017 in association with Age NI and Step NI.
Linda Johnston assists in development of Law Society NIs Elder Client Working Group
Our Elder Client Partner, Linda Johnston, has recently played a key role in the establishment of an Elder Client Working Group of Solicitors within the Law Society of NI.
Let's Talk About Death
Death is something that most of us naturally prefer to avoid thinking about. However, as Benjamin Franklin famously said, nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. “Keeping quiet” or “putting off” talking about our wishes for end of life and death can be problematic both for us and those who care for us.
Claire Edgar Article on Domestic Abuse published by VIEWDigital Media
Our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar has published a legal article in the latest edition of VIEWDigital, a community media organisation engaged in social affairs journalism.
Help to Buy Schemes
Saving to buy your first home can be a challenge for anyone. Luckily there are some schemes to help you get together the monies you need to purchase your property.
Family Law Department develop top Legal Blog entitled Life Law NI
In June 2015, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar and Associate Solicitor Karen Connolly developed and launched a legal blog called ‘Life Law NI’.
Claire Edgar is Committee Member of Belfast Area Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership
Throughout her career, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar has taken a special interest in legal issues around domestic violence.
Claire Edgar is featured Legal Columnist for NI4Kids Magazine
Since 2010, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar has been a featured legal columnist for the NI4Kids Magazine.
Claire Edgar is Facilitator at Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence
This week in Belfast, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar is undertaking the role of course facilitator at the Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence, a training course to tackle gender-based violence.
Francis Hanna & Co successful in Historical Abuse claim against Church
At Francis Hanna & Co, we have specialist solicitors dedicated to helping victims of child abuse pursue claims for compensation where the abuse has taken place in schools, care homes, the church or similar institutions.
Claire Edgar is Guest Speaker at Womens Aid Annual Conference
One of our Partners, Claire Edgar will be attending as a guest speaker at the Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid Annual Conference today. The Conference celebrates the organisation’s work over the last year and outlines their plans and ambitions for the year ahead.
An Overview of Surrogacy Law in NI
This week, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed the arrival of a baby girl via surrogate. It is understood that the celebrity couple opted for the surrogacy route for their third child after Kim’s two high risk pregnancies with daughter North aged 4 years old and 1 year old son Saint.
Times up for Sexual Harassment in the Work Place
Last week’s Golden Globe Awards were dominated by the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed Hollywood, with many actresses and actors choosing to wear black as a sign of solidarity with victims of sexual abuse and harassment. “Time’s Up” has become the slogan, and hashtag on social media, encapsulating the reaction to recent revelations about extensive sexual abuse and harassment in the entertainment industry.
Employee excluded from redundancy package wins age discrimination case
Where an employer directly or indirectly discriminates against an employee on the grounds of age, this will be unlawful unless the employer can objectively justify the discrimination.
Francis Hanna represent mother in landmark Supreme Court bereavement benefits case
A County Antrim mother of four has been given permission by the Supreme Court to appeal a decision made by the Court of Appeal in 2016 relating to her entitlement to bereavement benefits.
Tribunal orders compensation to Ulster University staff after failure to consult over redundancies
The University and College Union has won a case against the University of Ulster over its failure to consult on redundancies, securing the maximum award for the 143 ex-staff members involved.