Siobhan McLaughlins case attracts further Parliamentary discussion
This week Siobhan McLaughlin’s case has received attention on 2 separate occasions.
Laura Banks shortlisted as finalist for Employee of the Year award at Belfast Business Awards 2019
Laura Banks has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Employee of the Year award at this year’s Belfast Business Awards.
Laura Banks is guest speaker at Widowed and Young Annual Conference
Francis Hanna Solicitor, Laura Banks, together with client, Siobhan McLaughlin, were invited to speak at Widowed and Young Annual Conference and AGM in Southampton on 9th March.
Siobhan McLaughlin case discussed at Westminster, Government again pressed for update
Almost 6 months since our client Siobhan McLaughlin’s landmark judgement on entitlement to bereavement benefits for children of cohabiting parents, the case has for the second time been discussed at the House of Commons.
Universal Credit income assessments declared unlawful by GB High Court
Last week, four working lone mothers won a test case brought before the High Court in England and Wales successfully challenging the way the Government assessed and paid their benefits.
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.
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
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.
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.
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  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.
Landmark Supreme Court Decision - Statements
Statements from Siobhan McLaughlin and her legal team following the Judgment handed down today by the Supreme Court.
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.
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.
Watch Siobhan's Story
Watch our short video on Siobhan McLaughlin’s journey in challenging the law on bereavement benefits for unmarried parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.