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Legislation providing for official recognition of the Irish language in Northern Ireland for the first time has received royal assent. The Identity and Language (Northern Ireland) Bill grants official status to the Irish language as part of a package of measures to promote and respect Northern Irela

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Legislation creating protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics in Northern Ireland is compatible with European human rights laws, the UK Supreme Court has unanimously ruled. The Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill was referred to the court in May by the Attorney General for Northern I

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Belfast-based Carson McDowell has appointed three new partners and promoted 14 lawyers to the position of senior associate. The appointment of Sarah Cochrane as a partner in the employment team, Cathal O'Neill as a partner in the defence insurance division and Frances Lowry as a healthcare partner b

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Belfast-based MKB Law has celebrated after its director David McAlinden won the "Innovation in Practise" award at the 2022 Insolvency Practitioners Association Awards. Mr McAlinden and colleagues from the firm's insolvency team collected the award at a reception in the National Theatre in London.

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Belfast-based Cleaver Fulton Rankin has appointed five new trainee solicitors in its latest trainee recruitment round. The intake includes three former paralegals from its team — Ashleigh Wilson, Melissa Ruddock and Laura Armstrong — in addition to newcomers Kaitlyn McCaw and Hannah

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The UK’s exit from the EU has plunged Ireland’s all-island energy market into a democratic deficit with decisions on Northern Ireland’s energy supply no longer in the hands of its citizens and government, new research has shown. The cross-border Single Electricity Market (SEM) was

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The UK government has formally commissioned abortion services in Northern Ireland after the continued failure of the devolved Department of Health to do so. Northern Ireland secretary Chris Heaton-Harris wrote to the Department following the UK government's announcement in October that it would step

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Many property transactions can be delayed or hindered by title defects which require safe and speedy resolution. Clients will look to their lawyer to advise on how these problems can be overcome and Stewart Title’s online ordering platform Stewart Solution can help. Policies to cover over a ra

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The Law Society of Northern Ireland has welcomed Brian Archer as its president for 2023. Mr Archer is joined in the presidential team by senior vice president Brigid Napier, junior vice president Darren Toombs and chief executive David A. Lavery CB.

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The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) have sought to provide clarity on the extent of the UK government's commitment to protect certain equality and human rights after Brexit. A new joint working paper from the two rights bodies

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Coleraine-based Turley Legal has welcomed a new legal counsel, trainee solicitor and paralegal. Amy McIlhagga, a barrister, has joined the corporate law firm as legal counsel. She has specific expertise in a wide range of litigation areas ranging from employment matters to family and civil law, with

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Belfast-based Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors has expanded with the appointment of Jenna Curran as a solicitor. Ms Curran has extensive experience in litigation, having spent over 12 years helping injury victims recover compensation.

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