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.
17/04/2018elder clients

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.
17/04/2018elder clients

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

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. 
16/03/2018family

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.
13/03/2018property

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’.  
08/03/2018family

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.
08/03/2018family

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.
08/03/2018family

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.
28/02/2018family

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.
16/02/2018personal injury

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.
26/01/2018family

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. 
17/01/2018family

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.
12/01/2018employment

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.
22/12/2017employment

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

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.
06/12/2017employment

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