Northern Ireland

Designated special status in the EU is ‘legally possible’

Designated special status in the EU is ‘legally possible’

Northern Ireland could achieve a designated special status in the European Union after Brexit, according to an independent legal opinion from Doughty Street Chambers. In a new 68-page report commissioned by the GUE/NGL group of the European Parliament, Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and Katie O’Byrne argue that a number of solutions that protect Northern Ireland’s interests […]

Amnesty condemns plan to ‘legislate for impunity’ for security forces

Amnesty condemns plan to ‘legislate for impunity’ for security forces

The UK government would be betraying victims’ fundamental rights by introducing a “statute of limitations” to block the investigation of crimes committed by security forces during the Troubles, Amnesty International has warned. The human rights group’s intervention follows a statement from Sinn Féin issued after a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May, in which the […]

New QUB report considers legality of land mines, booby traps and IEDs

New QUB report considers legality of land mines, booby traps and IEDs

A new report published by the Human Rights Centre (HRC) at QUB School of Law examines the legality of anti-personnel mines, booby traps and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The 30-page report is presented as a contribution to a debate over whether these devices should be considered war crimes under the Rome Statute. In August, Belgium […]

Personal injury lawyer welcomes recommendation to protect children’s rights

Personal injury lawyer welcomes recommendation to protect children’s rights

A prominent personal injury lawyer has welcomed moves to protect children’s rights in claim cases. Maurece Hutchinson, managing director at JMK Solicitors, added that legislation on the issue had to be implemented as swiftly as possible. Figures obtained by the Belfast-based firm from the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) show that 1,832 people in Northern Ireland […]

Convictions for tampering with ‘faulty’ electronic tags to be reviewed

Convictions for tampering with ‘faulty’ electronic tags to be reviewed

The convictions of 14 people in Northern Ireland for tampering with their electronic tags will be reviewed after it emerged the tags were faulty. The Department of Justice has written to the 14 people – of whom one was given a one-month prison sentence – to advise them that their convictions will be reviewed after […]

Youth Justice Agency highlights restorative justice approach

Youth Justice Agency highlights restorative justice approach

The chief executive of the Youth Justice Agency (YJA) has highlighted the Agency’s restorative approach to young offenders to mark the start of Restorative Justice Week. Declan McGeown spoke out yesterday at the start of the internationally recognised event, which runs until 26 November. Mr McGeown said: “Restorative practice is at the heart of the […]

Tughans staff take part in Run in the Dark for charity

Tughans staff take part in Run in the Dark for charity

Staff at Tughans took part in this year’s Run in the Dark at Stormont Estate to raise cash for a spinal cord injuries research charity. Colleagues Katie Reid, Maria Walsh, Pauline Walker, Christine Quigley, Nicola Dooher, Helen Claney and Noelle McKay were among the staff members taking part in this year’s run. The firm takes […]

Elder law conference calls for ‘joined up approach’ to capacity issues

Elder law conference calls for ‘joined up approach’ to capacity issues

Greater awareness and a joined up approach is needed to deal with the difficulties surrounding capacity issues in Northern Ireland, a conference hosted by the Law Society of Northern Ireland heard. The Elder Law conference, organised alongside Age NI and Step NI, provided a platform for medico-legal professionals to share current thinking around capacity issues, […]

Drugs raid on Ballymena court ends in no arrests

Drugs raid on Ballymena court ends in no arrests

Police raided Ballymena Magistrates Court for drugs yesterday, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Proceedings were stopped for half an hour to allow specialist drug detection dogs to inspect defendants after concerns about drugs being brought into the court. Dogs indicated on six people who were searched in a private room, but no drugs were found and […]

Herbert Smith Freehills to join charity swimming fundraiser

Herbert Smith Freehills to join charity swimming fundraiser

Staff at the Belfast office of Herbert Smith Freehills are set to join business leaders, politicians and royalty later this month at a unique fundraising event in aid of Hope For Youth NI. Shane Boylan and Peter Cunningham will represent the international law firm at the Speedo Charity Swim Gala Dinner next Thursday, where swimmers […]