Northern Ireland

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Eversheds Sutherland partner Lisa Boyd argues that the return of controversial PPP/PFI deals could bring benefits to Northern Ireland. Following the return to Stormont, the infrastructure minister for Northern Ireland no doubt had a bulging in-tray with huge demands on a tight budget.

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Northern Ireland’s Court of Appeal has determined that a minimum tariff of 20 years for the premeditated murder of the late Lu Na McKinney “signalled a permissible move towards higher tariffs to reflect the horrific elements of this crime”. Delivering judgment for the Court of Appe

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The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has been re-accredited by the United Nations as an A-status national human rights institution in spite of concerns over budget cuts. The watchdog received an emergency funding boost last September after an independent review found its budget was "

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Grainne Kirk and Emily McGleenon of Northern Ireland firm Tughans consider the risks associated with a common construction industry practice. A common practice adopted by employers in the construction industry is to skip the process of serving a payment notice on a payee, and instead wrap the valuat

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A prominent Belfast solicitor has raised concerns about the extent of PSNI surveillance of lawyers and journalists following revelations in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal today. The tribunal today began hearing a case brought by Northern Ireland journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey to es

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A six-part TV drama based on the 2018 Belfast rugby rape trial is reportedly in production. Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted in March 2018 following a high-profile trial in which they were accused of raping a woman in Belfast in 2016.

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Northern Ireland is set to ban the sale and supply of single-use vapes by April 2025 alongside other parts of the UK. Officials from Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales have been collaborating on a proposed UK-wide ban, which will be enacted through separate legislation being brought in ea

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The BBC has instructed lawyers to write to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) amid allegations of unlawful surveillance by the PSNI. Former BBC journalist Vincent Kearney believes that the PSNI "may have attempted to identify sources of information" related to an episode of Spotlight focusing o

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Northern Ireland solicitor Michael Glover has been handed an 18-month sentence suspended for two years after admitting he defrauded clients to tune of £120,000. Mr Glover, formerly of Carrickfergus firm Glover & King, pleaded guilty to 29 counts of fraud by abuse of his position and one of

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Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has launched a global 'digital legal delivery' practice, a new multidisciplinary group bringing together its most inventive legal and tech minds. The move builds on the firm's 2011 launch of its alternative legal services (ALT) team, headquartered in Bel

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Belfast lawyer Matthew Higgins is to walk the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in aid of WAVE Trauma Centre this weekend. Mr Higgins, a criminal defence lawyer and partner at HHD Solicitors, will set off on Saturday to walk the ancient pilgrimage route in north-west Spain.

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The UK's controversial new legacy law has come into force, bringing a premature end to dozens of inquests and investigations related to killings during the Troubles. The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Act 2023, which the Irish government is challenging in a rare interstate app

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