Northern Ireland

Paul Tweed launches action against Facebook and Twitter for exiled Palestinian

Paul Tweed launches action against Facebook and Twitter for exiled Palestinian

Belfast lawyer Paul Tweed has issued libel proceedings in Dublin against Facebook and Twitter on behalf of exiled Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan, The Irish News reports. Mr Dahlan, a former chief of Fatah’s security force in Gaza who was later exiled by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, is reportedly planning a return to frontline politics in […]

Solicitors who qualified in 1967 enjoy reunion lunch

Solicitors who qualified in 1967 enjoy reunion lunch

Northern Ireland solicitors who qualified in 1967 met for a 50th anniversary reunion in Belfast Reform Club. The lunch was attended by fourteen people who qualified in 1967, accompanied by their spouses and partners. They caught up with their peers and reminisced about the good times, joined by Ian Huddleston, president of the Law Society. […]

District judge slams ‘woefully inadequate’ sentencing powers in domestic violence cases

District judge slams ‘woefully inadequate’ sentencing powers in domestic violence cases

A district judge has described as “woefully inadequate” the sentences he is able to impose for domestic violence cases which involve acts including choking. At Londonderry Magistrates Court, Barney McElholm severely criticised laws dating from 1861 as he was sentencing Aaron James McCullough, 27, after handing him a five month sentence suspended for three years. […]

Edwards and Co Solicitors first firm to launch legal action against VW over emissions scandal

Edwards and Co Solicitors first firm to launch legal action against VW over emissions scandal

Major legal action could see up to 70,000 Northern Ireland drivers affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal compensated. Edwards and Co Solicitors, based in Belfast, has issued proceedings in the High Court on behalf of clients, The Irish News reports. In 2015, the German car giant admitted it had fitted 11 million diesel cars worldwide […]

TLT appoints real estate partner in Belfast

TLT appoints real estate partner in Belfast

UK law firm TLT has appointed Kevin Murphy as a real estate partner in its Belfast office. Mr Murphy joins Judith Allen, who heads up the real estate team in Belfast. He acts on all aspects of real estate and has experience acting on the most significant and complex transactions in the market place, having […]

Civil servants urged to release abortion law report

Civil servants urged to release abortion law report

Civil servants have been urged to release a year-old report on Northern Ireland’s abortion laws in spite of the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive, The Irish News reports. The working group on fatal foetal abnormality (FFA), set up by Department of Justice and Department of Health last year, completed its report nearly a year […]

Man ‘shot by undercover soldiers’ granted permission for judicial review

Man ‘shot by undercover soldiers’ granted permission for judicial review

A man who was allegedly shot and seriously wounded by undercover British soldiers in 1972 has been granted permission for a judicial review. Lord Justice Girvan, sitting in the High Court in Belfast, yesterday granted permission to Hugh Kenny to challenge the decision by the PSNI, the Northern Ireland Secretary and the Ministry of Justice […]

Madden & Finucane present Pat Finucane Aisling Bursary

Madden & Finucane present Pat Finucane Aisling Bursary

Madden & Finucane Solicitors has congratulated Pól Murphy on receiving the Pat Finucane Aisling Bursary this year. The Aisling Bursaries are designed to help students from West Belfast  defray their education and training costs. Special consideration is given to candidates who have significant barriers preventing them from realising their full potential through education, for example […]

Judge takes aim at Northern Ireland mental health services

Judge takes aim at Northern Ireland mental health services

A judge has warned that Northern Ireland’s criminal justice system could crack under the volume of cases involving mental health issues. Judge Barney McElholm, sitting in Londonderry Magistrates’ Court, said that “nobody seemed to be doing anything” about a lack of mental health services in the region. He made the comments during a bail application […]

Rex Tillerson faces backlash for abolishing Northern Ireland special envoy

Rex Tillerson faces backlash for abolishing Northern Ireland special envoy

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has faced a backlash for his decision to abolish the post of special envoy for Northern Ireland. The diplomatic position was created in 1995 with the appointment of former US senator George Mitchell, who went on to chair the talks that led to the Good Friday Agreement. But Mr […]