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Law Society president speaks out on Brexit in break with non-political tradition

Law Society president speaks out on Brexit in break with non-political tradition

The president of the Law Society of Northern Ireland has broken with a long tradition of political non-intervention to share concerns about what Brexit means for lawyers and the wider public. Making the keynote address, Ian Huddleston told the Law Society’s annual council dinner at Belfast City Hall that Brexit will “make life messier not […]

ByrneWallace conference assists over 100 business leaders with GDPR preparations

ByrneWallace conference assists over 100 business leaders with GDPR preparations

Over a hundred business leaders have attended a ByrneWallace conference on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The one-day conference in the law firm’s offices was attended by over 100 CEOs, directors and business professionals representing leading companies, financial institutions, and state and public sector bodies. A panel of industry and legal experts – […]

Hundreds attend Law Society’s conveyancing conference

Hundreds attend Law Society’s conveyancing conference

Over 250 solicitors attended the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s annual conveyancing conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast. Now in its fourth year, the conveyancing conference has become a staple of Northern Ireland’s legal calendar. This year’s conference covered current issues of importance and relevance to solicitors who undertake conveyancing transactions. Speakers included […]

Arthur Cox welcoming applications for trainee programme

Arthur Cox welcoming applications for trainee programme

Applications to join all-Ireland firm Arthur Cox’s trainee programme in Belfast are open now until 10 November, the firm has announced. The firm is hosting a trainee open night on Wednesday 25 October, 6.30pm, with recruiters on hand to offer insights on CVs and interview skills. Interested individuals can RSVP to eventsni@arthurcox.com. More information is […]

High Court judge slams ‘meaningless legal advice’ given to evicted couple

High Court judge slams ‘meaningless legal advice’ given to evicted couple

A High Court judge has strongly criticised the “meaningless advice” given to a couple who, along with their five children, have been evicted from their family home. In a ruling on Tuesday, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan dismissed an application by Orla and Stephen Hallihan for orders against KBC Bank, including an injunction setting aside a […]

Home Office grants visa to fiancée in Irish passport case

Home Office grants visa to fiancée in Irish passport case

The refusal of a UK visa to a Japanese woman coming to Belfast to marry a Northern Ireland man who carries an Irish passport has been overturned. Lawyers for Ciaran Doole went to the High Court to apply for judicial review in a bid to overturn the Home Office decision and allow his marriage to […]

Australia: Unsent text message on man’s phone qualifies as his will

Australia: Unsent text message on man’s phone qualifies as his will

The Supreme Court of Queensland in Australia has accepted an unsent, draft text message as a person’s official will. The person in question was a 55-year-old man who took his own life in October 2016. The text message, found in the drafts folder of the man’s mobile phone by one of his friends, included details […]

Matheson to host Ireland’s first-ever ‘legal hackathon’

Matheson to host Ireland’s first-ever ‘legal hackathon’

Matheson has announced plans to host Ireland’s first-ever legal hackathon in partnership with Deloitte, IBM and the Dublin City University Ryan Academy. On 3-4 November, participants will pool their tech talent to identify ideas and innovations in blockchain that could have a positive impact on the financial services and legal services sector. The initiative is […]

Ms Justice Heneghan’s resignation left court president in ‘biblical rage’

Ms Justice Heneghan’s resignation left court president in ‘biblical rage’

The surprise resignation of Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan left the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, in a “biblical rage”, according to The Irish Times. The resignation of Ms Justice Heneghan just two years after her appointment left observers stunned and the courts overstretched. Although she notified the President of Ireland of […]

Courts to benefit from €6m boost for maintenance and ICT

Courts to benefit from €6m boost for maintenance and ICT

The Courts Service will benefit from more than €6 million in additional funding for courthouse maintenance, staffing and ICT technology in Budget 2018, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has revealed. Mr Flanagan said €2.6 billion will be allocated to the justice sector in Budget 2018, a €100 million increase in current expenditure. Most of the additional […]