Northern Ireland

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Naomi Long has been re-elected as justice minister for Northern Ireland. Mrs Long, who previously held the justice portfolio from January 2020 to October 2022, was elected on a cross-community vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly on Saturday. Only one MLA opposed her appointment.

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Northern Ireland barrister Emma McIlveen has been appointed as chair of the Irish Football Association's appeals committee. Writing on LinkedIn, Ms McIlveen said: "I have been a member of the appeals committee for the past few years and I am honoured to now take on the role of chair.

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The Children's Law Centre (CLC) has been granted leave for a judicial review over Northern Ireland's budget-setting process. The law centre, supported by The PILS Project, was granted leave in the High Court this morning to bring the legal challenge against the Northern Ireland Office, Department of

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The Law Society of Northern Ireland is to hold a special general meeting next week amid discontent over its handling of an issue relating to the payment of the national minimum wage to trainee solicitors. Irish Legal News first reported on discontent among senior lawyers after the Law Society told f

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The public inquiry into the UK's largest ever miscarriage of justice is examining case studies from Northern Ireland. The Post Office Horizon IT inquiry heard evidence on Friday from Suzanne Winter, a former Post Office investigator involved in the criminal investigation of Belfast subpostmaster Ala

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Belfast solicitor Brian Speers is to join an international team observing the upcoming election in Pakistan. Mr Speers, managing partner of CMG Cunningham Dickey and a former president of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) and the Law Society of Northern Ireland, will travel to Islamabad wit

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Queen's University Belfast law graduate Aine Doyle has been awarded the Lord Kerr Bar Scholarship for 2023/24. The award will cover the fees of the one-year bar trainee course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS), amounting to £10,400.

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The Law Society of Northern Ireland has invited solicitor members to complete a first-of-its-kind survey on the value of legal aid. The anonymous 10-minute survey, which can be accessed by clicking here, is part of a study commissioned by the Law Society and being undertaken by Rocket Science UK Ltd

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Human rights lawyer Les Allamby has been appointed to the UK government's Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC). Mr Allamby, a solicitor who has previously served as director of Law Centre NI and chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), is one of six new appoin

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Anna Thompson and Katie Kennedy from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS) have won the Northern Ireland regional heat of the 2024 Client Consultation Competition. The pair, coached by Stuart Harper, went head-to-head with Erika Lim and Amy Hanna from Queen's University Belfast, coached

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Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin has been appointed as an honorary King's Counsel in recognition of her contribution to the law. A professor of law at Queen's University Belfast, she was nominated for her work in advising the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and civil society, inf

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