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Carson McDowell announces expansion of corporate team

Carson McDowell announces expansion of corporate team

Belfast-based Carson McDowell has announced a series of appointments to its corporate team in response to increased demand. Paul McGuickin, Rosanne Brennan and Helen Boyle have been appointed as senior associate, associate and solicitor respectively. Rosaleen Jones has become the team’s new legal secretary. The appointments bring the total number of lawyers in the corporate […]

TLT promotes Anna Vangrove to banking partner in Belfast

TLT promotes Anna Vangrove to banking partner in Belfast

Law firm TLT has promoted Belfast banking and restructuring lawyer Anna Vangrove to partner as part of its 2018 promotion round. Ms Vangrove’s promotion, effective from 1 May, follows the recent arrival of corporate partner Andrew Jennings from Arthur Cox, which has strengthened the firm’s full service offering in Northern Ireland. Ms Vangrove is part […]

London seminar considers Ireland’s financial services sector after Brexit

London seminar considers Ireland’s financial services sector after Brexit

British and Irish politicians, regulators and business leaders discussed the prospects for Ireland as a financial services hub after Brexit at a seminar in London this morning. Financial Services Minister Michael D’Arcy was among those addressing the #Agenda2018 Financial and Professional Services Seminar, sponsored by KPMG and Ulster Bank. It also heard from John Cronin, […]

Department of Justice backs Magdalene women’s gathering

Department of Justice backs Magdalene women’s gathering

The Department of Justice has lent its full support to a voluntary group organising a two-day gathering of Magdalene women this summer. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan announced that his Department had issued invitations to the event to its database of roughly 700 Magdalene women and is also providing financial support. The announcement followed the minister’s […]

Defamation awards push Ireland down press freedom index

Defamation awards push Ireland down press freedom index

Ireland’s press freedom ranking has fallen as a result of high defamation awards by the Irish courts and proposed Government legislation. Reporters Without Borders placed Ireland 16th in the 2018 Word Press Freedom Index, down from 14th in 2017. The NGO said the “highly concentrated nature of media ownership in Ireland” contributed to Ireland’s two-place […]

Amnesty welcomes delayed abortion report and calls for UK government action

Amnesty welcomes delayed abortion report and calls for UK government action

Amnesty International has welcomed the publication of a delayed report recommending the relaxation of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws in cases of fatal foetal abnormality. Northern Ireland’s Departments of Health and Justice published the report yesterday, nearly two years after it was commissioned. The human rights group said the UK government should urgently bring forward legislation […]

Matheson advises US-based private equity fund on successful acquisition

Matheson advises US-based private equity fund on successful acquisition

Matheson has advised a US-based private equity fund on the successful acquisition of an Irish-based private security company. The Riverside Company acquired Netwatch, which supplies cutting-edge commercial and residential video surveillance to customers across Ireland, the UK and the US. The acquisition coincided with Riverside’s acquisition of the US-based National Monitoring Center and CalAtlantic, as […]

Cleaver Fulton Rankin director named on ’40 Under 40′ list

Cleaver Fulton Rankin director named on ’40 Under 40′ list

Fergal Maguire, director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin, has been recognised in the Business First Northern Ireland Top 40 Under 40 List. Mr Maguire is director in the Belfast firm’s dispute resolution department. He is recognised in the list, assembled by Business First yearly, due to his professional achievements, his success and contribution to the firm, […]

In pictures… Eversheds Sutherland wins diversity and inclusion award

In pictures… Eversheds Sutherland wins diversity and inclusion award

Eversheds Sutherland’s summer internship programme has been named Best Diversity & Inclusion Participative Initiative by the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD). The firm said the award, presented at an annual IITD awards ceremony, is “a wonderful acknowledgement of the promotion of learning, development and inclusiveness by all our people across the firm”. The […]

Flanagan tries to assert authority as another row breaks out over judicial appointments

Flanagan tries to assert authority as another row breaks out over judicial appointments

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan told Cabinet colleagues that he should have the authority to propose appointments of judges during a row which broke out yesterday, The Irish Times reports. According to reports, a heated argument broke out over the appointment of Mr Justice George Birmingham as president of the Court of Appeal at a meeting […]