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

Universal credit has arrived in Northern Ireland

  The introduction of Universal Credit on 27th September 2017 has brought about the beginning of a major change in how benefits are paid in Northern Ireland.
28/09/2017social justice