Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland solicitors join EU e-Justice portal

Northern Ireland solicitors join EU e-Justice portal

The European public can now easily look up lawyers in Northern Ireland through the European Commission’s e-Justice portal, the Law Society of Northern Ireland has announced. The EU’s Find a Lawyer search engine, which is administered by the European Commission, links up electronic lawyer directories to allow users to search for lawyers in specific jurisdictions. […]

Amnesty calls for review of Northern Ireland hate crime laws

Amnesty calls for review of Northern Ireland hate crime laws

Amnesty International has called for a review of Northern Ireland’s hate crime laws, with the aim of bringing them in line with Britain’s. Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland programme director at Amnesty International, urged Stormont to follow the lead of the Scottish Government in establishing a “comprehensive independent review of hate crime legislation to consider scope […]

Law Society appeals for mentors as programme enters fourth year

Law Society appeals for mentors as programme enters fourth year

The Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Mentoring Programme continues to go from strength to strength as it enters its fourth successful year. Around 150 individuals have been mentored over the last three years by a community of approximately 50 trained Mentors – with many Mentees reporting significant personal gain and professional success through their mentoring […]

Belfast solicitors get on their bikes for charity

Belfast solicitors get on their bikes for charity

More than 20 members of the Belfast Solicitors’ Association (BSA) got on their bikes to support charity partner Inspire. Lawyers took part in the 100-kilometre NDCC Coastal Challenge on Sunday to raise cash for the mental health charity, formerly known as Niamh, the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health. Steven Millar from Culbert & Martin […]

Warning to Scotland over marriage laws creating ‘uncertain legal position’

Warning to Scotland over marriage laws creating ‘uncertain legal position’

Northern Ireland’s Department of Finance raised concerns that Scotland’s same-sex marriage legislation would put same-sex couples in Northern Ireland “in an uncertain legal position”. The existence of a letter from then-Finance Minister Arlene Foster to the Scottish Government was revealed on Twitter last week by former Scottish Government minister Marco Biagi. Under the Scottish legislation, […]

NI Court of Appeal: Extern employee loses appeal against employment tribunal

NI Court of Appeal: Extern employee loses appeal against employment tribunal

An employee of Extern Organisation Limited has lost his appeal against a decision by a Fair Employment Tribunal, which had dismissed his claim for discrimination on the grounds of political opinion. Giving the judgment of the Court, Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan found that the Tribunal had properly directed itself in the law and its findings were well within the […]

NI: Court of Appeal allows Humanist marriage to proceed

NI: Court of Appeal allows Humanist marriage to proceed

The Court of Appeal has granted interim authority for the Humanist wedding of Laura Lacole and  Republic of Ireland midfielder Eunan O’Kane to proceed this week with  legal recognition. The judges have yet to rule on a bid to overturn a judgement that the celebrity couple faced discrimination based on their belief. The ruling will […]

Blog: What price human rights and equality in Northern Ireland?

Blog: What price human rights and equality in Northern Ireland?

Professor Colin Harvey reflects on human rights and equality in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is figuring prominently in the news again. This time it is the discussions between the Conservative Party and the DUP on the formation of a workable new British government. Developments have provoked much criticism, derision and even satirical comment. Quite a […]

NI Blog: Facts over forecast in construction contracts

NI Blog: Facts over forecast in construction contracts

How often do we check the weather forecast, while sitting beside a window? Why do we rely on forecasts when facts are so frequently staring at us? The Northern Ireland High Court was recently faced with this conundrum in Northern Ireland Housing Executive v Healthy Buildings (Ireland) Limited, writes Mike Barlow. The High Court analysed the assessment of […]

NI: new survey shows overwhelming support for abortion law reform

NI: new survey shows overwhelming support for abortion law reform

Amnesty International has welcomed the results of the Northern Ireland Life and Times survey which has revealed that an overwhelming majority of people in Northern Ireland favour reform of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. The results show, for example, that 73 per cent of respondents believe that abortion should be legal if the foetus has a […]