Northern Ireland

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 […]

Pinsent Masons appoints new Northern Ireland chairman

Pinsent Masons appoints new Northern Ireland chairman

Pinsent Masons has appointed Richard Masters as chairman of company operations for Northern Ireland and Scotland. Mr Masters takes up the key post, overseeing more than 500 staff in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, following the death of former Northern Ireland and Scotland chairman Kirk Murdoch this March. Mr Masters told the Belfast Telegraph: “I […]

The Bar of Northern Ireland opens Northern Ireland’s first Resolution Centre

The Bar of Northern Ireland opens Northern Ireland’s first Resolution Centre

The Bar of Northern Ireland has opened a new purpose-built facility for out-of-court mediation and arbitration services. As demand for alternative dispute resolution in Northern Ireland continues to rise, the new facility allows services to be offered in an accessible and private space in The Boat, an iconic Belfast building. The Resolution Centre will offer […]

Whistleblowers ‘should have right to disclose illegality to MPs’

Whistleblowers ‘should have right to disclose illegality to MPs’

The Department for the Economy has proposed extending legal protection to whistleblowers in Northern Ireland to disclose corruption and illegality to Members of Parliament (MPs). Welcoming the proposal, Sinn Féin said whistleblowers must have full legal protections. Elisha McCallion, Sinn Féin MP for Foyle, said: “Citizens should be encouraged and protected from persecution or fear […]

Solicitor advocacy course goes from strength to strength

Solicitor advocacy course goes from strength to strength

Over 25 solicitors participated in the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s annual advanced advocacy course in its eighteenth year. The increasingly popular course, organised by the Law Society in conjunction with the Advocacy Working Party and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), trains local solicitors to improve and develop their advocacy skills and obtain […]

Loyalist paramilitary group applies for deproscription

Loyalist paramilitary group applies for deproscription

A loyalist paramilitary group closely linked to the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) has applied to Home Secretary Amber Rudd for deproscription. Representatives of the Red Hand Commando (RHC), linked to at least 13 murders during the Troubles, have made an application under section 4 of the Terrorism Act 2000 for the group to be unbanned. […]

UK risks breaching Good Friday Agreement with post-Brexit Human Rights Act repeal

UK risks breaching Good Friday Agreement with post-Brexit Human Rights Act repeal

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, a prominent Irish barrister working in London, has warned the UK risks breaching the Good Friday Agreement if the Conservative government follows through with its planned repeal of the Human Rights Act following Brexit in March 2019. Speaking on Friday at The Common Law and Brexit: A New Frontier seminar in UCD’s […]

Police officer arrested in social media probe

Police officer arrested in social media probe

Investigators from the Police Ombudsman’s office have arrested a police officer this morning as part of an investigation into alleged misuse of social media. It was initiated after a decision by the Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, to “call himself in” to investigate information he has been made aware of. The Ombudsman is also investigating […]

Seven firms compete in Brightwater charity tournament

Seven firms compete in Brightwater charity tournament

Northern Ireland’s biggest law firms took part in a charity football tournament hosted by legal recruitment specialists Brightwater NI. Aspiring George Bests and Steven Davises from seven firms swapped case notes for football boots to take part in the Brightwater Legal Cup. The inaugural annual tournament at Stormont Pavilion saw teams from Baker McKenzie, Allen & […]