Claire Edgar, family law partner at Belfast-based Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, comments on major changes to divorce in England and Wales. This week saw the introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales.
Emma Stratton, solicitor at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors in Belfast, welcomes a recent judgment in England and Wales. The High Court in England and Wales has for the first time used the term ‘gaslighting’ in a judgment to describe coercive behaviours.
Belfast-based Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors has announced the appointment of three new partners. Jennifer Young, Karen Connolly and Ruth Flinn, who between them have over 45 years' experience in their specialist areas of law, have each been promoted from associate solicitor to partner.
Family lawyer Karen Connolly has been appointed to a steering group set up by Women's Aid to raise awareness about the impact of domestic abuse on women aged 55 and over. Ms Connolly, a partner at Belfast-based Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, will help guide and support the Older But No Safer pro
Belfast family lawyer Claire Edgar has provided training on domestic abuse to Northern Ireland's new advocacy service for victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse. Ms Edgar, family law partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, presented at a training panel event to welcome newly-appoint
Family lawyer Claire Edgar has welcomed an English court ruling emphasising the importance of domestic abuse training for the judiciary. The Court of Appeal in London last month handed down judgment in four appeals dealing with how allegations of domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour
An increasing number of cases involving allegations of parental alienation are coming before the Northern Ireland courts, a family lawyer has warned. Claire Edgar, family law partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, shared her experience as a practitioner at an online event organised by the Sou
Family lawyer Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, examines the issue of equality in divorce settlements. It is 20 years since the House of Lords handed down the seminal judgement of White v White, which decided that, when determining each spouse’s contribution to the ma
Lawyers acting for victims of the contaminated blood scandal have welcomed an announcement that compensation payments in Northern Ireland will be brought in line with England. The announcement by Health Minister Robin Swann concerns people on the NI Infected Blood Payment Scheme, who were diagnosed
Laura Banks, solicitor at Francis Hanna & Co, considers how human rights law can assist people experiencing a bereavement related to coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic has wide-reaching implications and it is therefore throwing up myriad issues in our society, some of them fundamental and going
Campaigners have renewed calls for the UK Government to bring the Widowed Parent's Allowance scheme in line with human rights laws a year and a half after a landmark UK Supreme Court ruling. Belfast solicitor Laura Banks acted for Siobhan McLaughlin in the case which led to a ruling that the legisla
Claire Edgar, family and divorce partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, has been appointed to the Law Society of Northern Ireland's International Children Law Panel of Solicitors. The Panel is made up of solicitors experienced in international children cases, and specifically child abduction
Belfast solicitor Laura Banks has welcomed a report by MPs criticising the UK government's failure to act following a landmark UK Supreme Court decision on Widowed Parent's Allowance. Ms Banks, of Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, acted for Siobhan McLaughlin in her successful challenge to the rule
Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, considers yesterday's UK Supreme Court decision in a child abduction case. The majority of child abduction cases do not involve strangers. Children, who are caught up in the relationship disputes of their parents, are often removed from the