Siobhan McLaughlin and her legal team in London for the official reading of the Judgment

The official reading of the Judgment in Siobhan McLaughlin’s case will take place at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on 3rd October 2018 at 9.45am. You can watch it online live on the Supreme Court website.
02/10/2018social justice

House of Commons call for law change following Supreme Court Win

A parliamentary discussion took place at The House of Commons to discuss the current law on bereavement benefits, just a week after our client Siobhan McLaughlin won her landmark legal challenge
24/09/2018social justice

Laura Banks speaks to media about Supreme Court victory

  Our solicitor Laura Banks has spoken to the media about landmark Supreme Court judgement in Siobhan McLaughlin’s challenge to eligibility for widowed parent’s allowance. The decision held that refusing benefits to unmarried parents represents unjustifiable discrimination against children and is incompatible with Human Rights law. It is expected to benefit thousands of children throughout the UK.
21/09/2018social justice

Francis Hanna Solicitor Laura Banks is The Times Lawyer of the Week

  Laura Banks, a solicitor at Francis Hanna & Co, Belfast has been featured in today’s law pages of The Times as lawyer of the week.
07/09/2018social justice

Siobhan McLaughlin - Statement from Martin Hanna

  Today is another historic day in the long history of Francis Hanna & Company Solicitors. Earlier today, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the matter of an application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review [2018] UKSC 48 which confirmed that our client, Siobhan McLaughlin has won her legal challenge on the entitlement of unmarried couples to Widowed Parent’s Allowance.
30/08/2018social justice

Landmark Supreme Court Decision - Statements

  Statements from Siobhan McLaughlin and her legal team following the Judgment handed down today by the Supreme Court.
30/08/2018social justice

Landmark Supreme Court decision - A victory for thousands of bereaved children UK-wide

Siobhan McLaughlin has won her legal challenge in the UK Supreme Court on the entitlement of unmarried couples to Widowed Parent’s Allowance.   The Supreme Court released judgment in this matter today, Thursday 30th August 2018.
30/08/2018social justice

Press Conference scheduled 30th August following Supreme Court judgment in McLaughlin case

The UK Supreme Court will deliver judgment on Thursday 30th August 2018 in the landmark case of Siobhan McLaughlin v Department for Communities.
29/08/2018social justice

Watch Siobhan's Story

Watch our short video on Siobhan McLaughlin’s journey in challenging the law on bereavement benefits for unmarried parents.
28/08/2018social justice

Just Announced - Supreme Court to issue judgment in landmark bereavement benefits case next week

  The UK Supreme Court has announced today that it will promulgate judgment on 30th August 2018 in the landmark case of Siobhan McLaughlin v Department for Communities.
24/08/2018social justice

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) failing to support NIs terminally ill

  Personal Independence Payment (PIP), the new benefit which replaces Disability Living Allowance, is designed to support those living with illness or disability.  However, recently the Belfast Telegraph reported that the benefit is failing to support the most deserving of claimants - those with a terminal illness.
25/06/2018social justice

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.
20/06/2018social justice

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.
25/04/2018social justice

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. 
29/03/2018social justice

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. 
22/12/2017social justice

The Two Child Limit on Tax Credits in NI Open to Challenge

  Controversial changes to Child Tax Credits introduced in April 2017 are having an impact of some of our society’s most vulnerable. We have set out below a brief introduction to the new ‘2 child limit’ on Tax Credits and advice on how to challenge it. 
01/12/2017social justice

An Overview of the case of Siobhan McLaughlin v Department for Communities

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. Her case will be heard by the Supreme Court in April 2018, sitting in Belfast for the first time in history. 
01/12/2017social justice

Landmark bereavement benefits case to be heard by the Supreme Court in historic sitting in Belfast

  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. 
01/12/2017social justice

A brief outline of Judicial Review

  Our legal system in Northern Ireland plays a primary role in ensuring that individual rights are protected within our society.  As such, the decisions of our government, local authorities and other public bodies are all able to be challenged via our Court system if it can be shown that the decision made was unlawful.  The process of challenging such decision is known as Judicial Review.
29/11/2017social justice

Francis Hanna & Co joins The PILS Project

  At Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, we are delighted to be welcomed on board The PILS Project panel of solicitors.
29/11/2017social justice