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Legal choir concert raises £10,000 for Belfast Homeless

Legal choir concert raises £10,000 for Belfast Homeless

A choir of solicitors, barristers and other legal professionals has raised a magnificent £10,000 in aid of Belfast’s homeless after holding a concert earlier this year. The Pro Bono Choir presented a cheque for the cash raised through their concert, titled A Place Called Home, held back in May, to The Welcome Organisation. The event saw the choir perform with […]

Egyptian pop singer jailed for two years for ‘inciting debauchery’

Egyptian pop singer jailed for two years for ‘inciting debauchery’

An Egyptian singer has been handed a two-year jail sentence for “inciting debauchery” with a risqué music video clip. Shyma, 21, was also fined 10,000 pounds by a court in Cairo. The clip’s director, Mohamed Gamal, was given the same sentence. The singer was arrested last month after complaints about the video for her song, I Have […]

UK High Court rules deportation of EU rough sleepers from UK is unlawful

UK High Court rules deportation of EU rough sleepers from UK is unlawful

The UK High Court has today ruled that a Home Office policy of removing EU citizens found sleeping rough on UK streets is unlawful and must stop. A judge said the measures, which were introduced last year, were discriminatory and violated European law, following a challenge brought by campaigners on behalf of two Polish men […]

New chairperson for Newry and Banbridge Solicitors’ Association

New chairperson for Newry and Banbridge Solicitors’ Association

Eimear Kane, of SC Connolly & Co Solicitors, has been appointed as chairperson of the Newry and Banbridge Solicitors’ Association. Ms Kane (pictured) was born in Newry and was educated at Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry, and Queens University, Belfast. She told Irish Legal News: “I am honoured to be afforded the opportunity to serve […]

Flanagan promises to improve public confidence in District Court

Flanagan promises to improve public confidence in District Court

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he will change the way the District Court operates in order to improve public confidence, The Irish Times reports. He was responding in the Dáil to a programme by RTÉ Investigates featuring examples of donations to the poor box being used instead of convictions in cases such as those of […]

Supreme Court: Circuit Court has jurisdiction to make possession orders

Supreme Court: Circuit Court has jurisdiction to make possession orders

Permanent TSB plc has successfully appealed a finding which held that the Circuit Court did not have jurisdiction to make possession orders in relation to 6 properties on which mortgage payments had been defaulted. Giving the unanimous judgment of the five-judge Supreme Court, Chief Justice Clarke held that the Circuit Court had jurisdiction to entertain possession proceedings in […]

Partner promotion at Fahy Bambury Solicitors

Partner promotion at Fahy Bambury Solicitors

Fahy Bambury Solicitors has appointed Ciarán Mulholland (pictured) as a partner. Senior partner Yvonne Bambury told Irish Legal News that Mr Mulholland had been “an excellent asset to the practice”. She added: “This appointment demonstrates our confidence in Ciarán as a litigator and in recognition of his determination and commitment to the firm and its clients whom […]

Michael Collins SC to lead whistleblower email investigation

Michael Collins SC to lead whistleblower email investigation

A senior barrister will carry out a review into why emails from the Department of Justice, which caused the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald, were missed during the first search for documents for the Charleston Tribunal. Michael Collins has been appointed to head up the independent review and will report to the Taoiseach on or before […]

Matheson named ‘Legal Adviser of the Year’

Matheson named ‘Legal Adviser of the Year’

Matheson has been named Ireland’s Legal Adviser of the Year in the Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2017 held in London recently. The awards acknowledge the achievements of the top dealmakers in Europe and recognise innovative legal advisory work for some of the region’s most complex and transformative deals during 2017. Mergermarket is a global business […]

England: Barrister who made ‘offensive’ remarks about sex assault victim challenges ruling

England: Barrister who made ‘offensive’ remarks about sex assault victim challenges ruling

A barrister reprimanded after he made “offensive” remarks about a teenage girl who was the victim of a sexual assault has challenged the ruling in the High Court. Howard Godfrey QC, of 2 Bedford Row, said that the 16-year-old girl was “not unaccustomed” to drinking and that she was “not a young, innocent girl”. His comments […]