Karen Connolly provides legal articles for online publication Belfast Live

Our Family Law Associate Karen Connolly regularly provides legal articles on topical issues relating to family law matters to the online media publication, Belfast Live.

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

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.
15/06/2018elder clients

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.
25/04/2018social justice

Linda Johnston is Key Note Speaker at the Law Society NIs Elder Law Conference

Linda Johnston was a key note speaker at the Elder Law Conference organised by the Law Society of NI 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. 

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

  Our Family & Matrimonial Law Partner Claire Edgar undertook the role of Course Facilitator at the Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence, a training course to tackle gender-based violence in February 2018

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

Our Family & Matrimonial Partner, Claire Edgar was a guest speaker at the Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid Annual Conference in January 2018.  The Conference celebrated 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.