Northern Ireland

Policing Board ‘unable’ to renew human rights adviser’s contract

Policing Board ‘unable’ to renew human rights adviser’s contract

The Northern Ireland Policing Board has been unable to renew the appointment of its human rights adviser because of the collapse of devolution, The Irish News reports. Barrister Alyson Kilpatrick was appointed to the role in 2012, but left the post last month because the Board did not have the legal authority to renew her […]

Larkin launches recruitment of new DPP with £181k salary

Larkin launches recruitment of new DPP with £181k salary

Attorney General John Larkin has published a call for applications for the job of Director of Public Prosecutions, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The successor to Barra McGrory QC, who announced his plan to step down earlier this year, will earn a salary of over £181,000. Applicants must have at least ten years’ experience as a […]

Crown Court: Orangeman sentenced to one year’s imprisonment for driving into pedestrians

Crown Court: Orangeman sentenced to one year’s imprisonment for driving into pedestrians

A man who drove into a crowd of people while on his way home from an Orange Order parade, has been given a two year custodial sentence, to serve one in custody and one on licence. Judge Patricia Smyth stated that continuing to drive after striking several pedestrians was an aggravating factor in the offences […]

Lawyer trio head to New York in aid of charity

Lawyer trio head to New York in aid of charity

Three Belfast lawyers are set to hit the streets of the Big Apple in a bid to raise £10,000 for charity. Richard Greene QC, 52 and solicitors Gerard McNamara, 44 and Paul Pierce, 50 will be swapping the courtroom for New York’s five boroughs next month as they undertake one of the world’s most famous […]

Blog: Increasing claims for injuries caused by TVT vaginal mesh

Blog: Increasing claims for injuries caused by TVT vaginal mesh

TVT, tension free vaginal tape, also known as vaginal mesh, was advertised as an innovative new product when it was introduced to the market; a simple procedure that provided an effective solution to bladder prolapse, a condition suffered by many women. However, as the years have passed, it has become clear that a high number […]

Cleaver Fulton Rankin awarded security management certification

Cleaver Fulton Rankin awarded security management certification

Belfast firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin has been awarded the ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification, an IMS International security management certification accredited by the UK’s national accreditation body, UKAS. It comes shortly after CFR became the first law firm in Northern Ireland to obtain the UK Cyber Essentials, IASME and ISO27001 certifications. An […]

Number of fine defaulters jailed rises for second consecutive year

Number of fine defaulters jailed rises for second consecutive year

The number of people jailed for defaulting on fines rose by 37 per cent last year, according to new Department of Justice figures. The annual statistical bulletin on Northern Ireland’s prison population reveals that 627 people were jailed for defaulting on a fine last year, up from 456 in 2015, and almost five times the […]

UK Supreme Court to consider Northern Ireland abortion case next month

UK Supreme Court to consider Northern Ireland abortion case next month

The UK Supreme Court will consider the compatibility of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws with human rights law late next month. It is the latest move in a years-long legal battle between the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) and local authorities. In November 2015, the High Court in Belfast ruled in favour of NIHRC’s argument […]

Trophy to be awarded at annual Belfast solicitors’ quiz for first time

Trophy to be awarded at annual Belfast solicitors’ quiz for first time

A trophy will be awarded to the winning team at this year’s Belfast Solicitors’ Association (BSA) charity quiz for the first time. Next Thursday’s quiz aims to raise cash for Inspire, formerly the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health. BSA chair Eoghan McKenna told Irish Legal News: “We would request our members and guests join […]

Hirsute lawyer chops locks for cancer charity

Hirsute lawyer chops locks for cancer charity

Solicitor Andrew Mairs of Belfast firm Keenan Solicitors has announced he is giving up his distinct long locks for charity. Mr Mairs has raised more than £2,700 on JustGiving to cut his hair, which will then itself be donated to make wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy. Explaining his decision on his fundraising page, Mr Mairs […]