Northern Ireland

Prosecution service requires ‘further work’ on handling of rape allegations

Prosecution service requires ‘further work’ on handling of rape allegations

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has made progress on its investigation of rape allegations two years after it mishandled an allegation from Maíria Cahill and two others. Brendan McGuigan, chief inspector of criminal justice in Northern Ireland, found in his report that the PPS has improved its performance but “further work” is still required. Mr […]

Mills Selig raises over £5,000 for children’s charity

Mills Selig raises over £5,000 for children’s charity

Belfast-based firm Mills Selig has raised over £5,000 for NI Children’s Hospice by abseiling down the Europa Hotel. The team of lawyers scaled the 13-story hotel to begin their journey down the glass fronted building via abseil. Stepping over the edge, thoughts of the local charity were at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Thanking donors, […]

Third of young offenders reoffend within a year

Third of young offenders reoffend within a year

A third of young offenders reoffend within a year of their release from custody, according to new figures from Northern Ireland’s Department of Justice. A new report compares reoffending rates of under-17s and adults who have been given a non-custodial disposal at court, a diversionary disposal or who have been released from custody during 2014/15. […]

Man who ‘can’t marry fiancée’ because he carries Irish passport to bring judicial review

Man who ‘can’t marry fiancée’ because he carries Irish passport to bring judicial review

A man who says his Japanese fiancée has been refused a UK visa because he holds an Irish passport is bringing an application for judicial review to the Northern Ireland courts, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Lawyers for Ciaran Doole want to overturn the Home Office decision so he can go ahead with his marriage to […]

Confusion over implementation of prison drugs strategy

Confusion over implementation of prison drugs strategy

Prison authorities in Northern Ireland are at odds over whether a substance abuse strategy has been commenced, The Detail reports. The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) and South Eastern Trust (SET) both confirmed that a joint substance misuse strategy has been agreed, two years later than initially promised. However, the bodies did not reach a […]

KRW Law calls for fresh investigation into Guildford Four

KRW Law calls for fresh investigation into Guildford Four

Belfast firm KRW Law has written to the Attorney General for England and Wales, Jeremy Wright QC, to request a refresh investigation into the prosecution of the Guildford Four. The law firm is instructed by Ann McKearnan, the sister of Gerry Conlon, one of the Guildford Four who were wrongfully imprisoned for the 1974 Guildford pub […]

Judiciary ‘must provide leadership to overcome political stalemate’

Judiciary ‘must provide leadership to overcome political stalemate’

Northern Ireland’s judiciary must provide leadership to overcome the political stalemate that has paralysed devolution, leading legal figures heard in the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast yesterday. The 2017 Belfast Homecoming Legal Symposium was jointly organised by the Bar of Northern Ireland and leading firm KRW Law. Addressing the symposium, the Lord Chief Justice […]

Cleaver Fulton Rankin launches new brand protection team

Cleaver Fulton Rankin launches new brand protection team

Belfast firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin has launched a new brand protection team to handle defamation, IP and data protections cases, just months after it was first to establish a specialist cyber risk unit. The new brand protection team will be headed up by experienced defamation lawyer Alan McAlister, who will be supported by fellow directors […]

Fake barrister faces jail after admitting £15k fraud

Fake barrister faces jail after admitting £15k fraud

Fake barrister Christopher McDonnell faces jail after pleading guilty to eight offences in Belfast Crown Court, the Belfast Telegraph reports. He admits four counts of fraud by false representation, two counts of theft and two forgery charges. Mr McDonnell, 34 and from Banbridge, was warned that he faces a custodial sentence after posing as a […]

Law graduate plans to sue QUB for discrimination

Law graduate plans to sue QUB for discrimination

A law graduate studying for his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast is preparing to sue the uni for disability discrimination, Legal Cheek reports. Christopher Mallon, who was a teaching associate at QUB School of Law until April this year, claims that a “catalogue of failings” led to his alleged constructive dismissal from the post. Mr […]