Northern Ireland

Retired RUC officers prepare legal action against Ombudsman

Retired RUC officers prepare legal action against Ombudsman

Six retired RUC officers have instructed a lawyer to prepare legal action against the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI) over an alleged data breach. It comes as a criminal investigation continues into the naming of at least eight ex-police officers in papers unlawfully disclosed to a law firm. The lawyer for the ex-officers has […]

TLT promotes Sarah Ewing to legal director

TLT promotes Sarah Ewing to legal director

TLT has promoted Belfast-based real estate lawyer Sarah Ewing to legal director as part of its 2017 promotion round, effective from 1 May. Her promotion follows the recent arrival of real estate partner Judith Allen from A&L Goodbody this year, and is part of a four-strong round of real estate legal director promotions across the […]

Lawyers in Schools programme to be extended

Lawyers in Schools programme to be extended

Following a successful pilot, Belfast firm Carson McDowell has announced it is partnering with the Citizenship Foundation to extend its legal education schools programme across Northern Ireland. The Lawyers in Schools programme links law firms, in-house legal teams and chambers with post-primary schools to increase young people’s awareness and understanding of the law. A pilot […]

IPLS teams continue tradition of success

IPLS teams continue tradition of success

Two teams from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS) recently competed successfully in two international legal competitions. The IPLS Bar Mediation team, pictured above, competed as one of 42 teams from across the globe in early April in the International Law School Mediation Tournament at Strathclyde University. The team, consisting of Bar trainees Lara Smyth, […]

Review of refugees’ status after five year ‘beyond basic morality’

Review of refugees’ status after five year ‘beyond basic morality’

Fifty groups from around the UK who work with refugees have called on the Home Secretary Amber Rudd to reverse a policy “beyond basic morality”, the BBC reports. Five years after refugee status is granted, refugees will take part in a “safe return review” which will determine if they are able to remain in the UK […]

Victims of child abuse demand action on inquiry recommendations

Victims of child abuse demand action on inquiry recommendations

Victims of child abuse have called on Northern Ireland political parties and the UK government to address the failure to implement the recommendations of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry report. After a demonstration at Stormont today, abuse survivors will hand in a 30-page document and letter calling for action, The Irish News reports. The briefing […]

Mr Justice Turlough O’Donnell

Mr Justice Turlough O’Donnell

Mr Justice Turlough O’Donnell, a former High Court and Court of Appeal judge, has died. The prominent late judge, buried yesterday, sat on the bench between 1971-90 and subsequently became a part-time member of Ireland’s Law Reform Commission. In his career as a defence lawyer, he acted for the last man to receive the death […]

Belfast solicitors to play golf for raise cash for mental health charity

Belfast solicitors to play golf for raise cash for mental health charity

Belfast solicitors are set to raise cash for a mental health charity by playing golf. The Belfast Solicitors’ Association (BSA) has launched its annual Golf Day, which this year will raise cash for Inspire wellbeing (formerly Niamh), one of the longest established mental health and learning disability charities in Northern Ireland. If anyone managed a […]

Human rights institutions call for stronger protections after Brexit

Human rights institutions call for stronger protections after Brexit

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has joined its counterparts in Scotland, England and Wales in urging the UK government to strengthen, not weaken, human rights through Brexit. The UK’s three human rights institutions – NIHRC, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), and the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC), recently met with Sir […]

Pro Bono Choir to hold concert for homelessness

Pro Bono Choir to hold concert for homelessness

A choir of solicitors, barristers and judges will raise money in aid of Belfast’s homeless at a concert next month. The Pro Bono Choir’s next concert on 18 May 2017, titled A Place Called Home, will raise cash for The Welcome Organisation. The choir will be performing with Belfast musical icon Brian Kennedy, the amazing […]