Northern Ireland

Leave granted for judicial review of flaws in gold mining consultation

Leave granted for judicial review of flaws in gold mining consultation

The High Court in Belfast has granted permission for a “first-of-its-kind” judicial review to examine potential flaws in a pre-application consultation carried out by a gold mining company. The outcome of the judicial review, taking place in June, has the potential to halt plans by Canadian-based Dalradian to develop a gold mine in Tyrone. Leave […]

Joshua Rozenberg QC to deliver Belfast lecture

Joshua Rozenberg QC to deliver Belfast lecture

British legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg QC will speak about the relationship between the judiciary, the media and politicians in Belfast this May. Mr Rozenberg will deliver the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) and The Bar of Northern Ireland’s annual lecture. The lecture is titled: “Are judges ‘Enemies of the People’? The relationship between judges, […]

Problem-solving courts to be piloted in Belfast and Derry from today

Problem-solving courts to be piloted in Belfast and Derry from today

Two problem-solving court pilots dealing with domestic violence and drug cases in Belfast and Derry are set to formally begin today. Judge Bagnall, sitting in Belfast Magistrates’ Court, is now allowed to begin making referrals to the Substance Misuse Pilot Court as of today, while Judge McElholm, sitting in Londonderry Magistrates’ Court, can begin making referrals […]

DWF rolls out employability programme across Northern Ireland schools

DWF rolls out employability programme across Northern Ireland schools

DWF is rolling out an award-winning education and employability programme to post-primary schools across Northern Ireland. Pupils from Methodist College and St Malachy’s were among those at the first 5 STAR Futures workshop at the law firm’s Belfast office, where they gained insight into life at DWF and branding and networking. The UK-wide 5 STAR […]

Maghaberry prisoners’ recycling project slashes landfill waste

Maghaberry prisoners’ recycling project slashes landfill waste

A new recycling project run by prisoners at Maghaberry Prison has slashed landfill contribution and costs in the last six months. Around 30 prisoners are now employed in a new initiative to recycle plastic, tin-cans, cardboard, newspaper and broken pallets. Waste electronic and electrical equipment is also recycled. In its first six months of operation, […]

HHD Solicitors successfully defend Polish man from deportation order

HHD Solicitors successfully defend Polish man from deportation order

HHD Solicitors successfully defended a 37-year-old Polish national from deportation following his conviction of drugs offences. Mr M had been living and working in Northern Ireland since 2005 as a qualified person under Regulation 6 of the 2006 Regulations. He applied for and was granted a registration certificate in July 2007, and was therefore a […]

Law Society backs new joint initiative to make home sales easier

Law Society backs new joint initiative to make home sales easier

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has backed a new initiative to make buying and selling a home smoother for consumers. The new initiative has been jointly launched by the Law Society, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (NI) and the National Association of Estate Agents (NI), who have agreed a new Memorandum of Understanding […]

Francis Hanna & Co partner contributes to magazine on domestic violence

Francis Hanna & Co partner contributes to magazine on domestic violence

Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, has contributed an article on domestic violence to the latest edition of VIEW magazine. Ms Edgar, a family law partner at the Belfast-based firm, offers a legal perspective in a new issue focussing on domestic violence and published in collaboration with Women’s Aid NI. Her article […]

Tughans celebrates triple success at dealmaker awards

Tughans celebrates triple success at dealmaker awards

Belfast-based Tughans has celebrated triple success at Insider’s Northern Ireland Dealmakers Awards 2018. Corporate partner Ciara Lagan won the title Dealmaker of the Year while two of Tughans’ major corporate deals won Private Equity / Venture Capital Deal of the Year and Deal of the Year (£2.5m-£10m). The winning corporate deals were both completed by […]

Judge defends rule of law in face of vigilantism

Judge defends rule of law in face of vigilantism

A judge in the High Court in Belfast has mounted a strong defence of the rule of law as he criticised an alleged vigilante who terrorised a woman who he accused of being a paedophile. Sir Richard McLaughlin said the courts were the only place for the law to be administered, The Irish News reports. […]