Northern Ireland

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The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has issued a legal challenge over the allocation of 'intimidation points' to social housing applicants. The case against the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Department for Communities argues that the housing selection scheme, as current

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Human rights expert Professor Colin Harvey has been appointed to the scientific committee of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Professor Harvey is a director of the Human Rights Centre at Queen's University Belfast and a commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commi

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Ireland will take the UK to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) over a controversial law ending criminal and civil proceedings related to killings during the Troubles, the government has confirmed. Victims and survivors of the Troubles had urged the Irish government to take the rare step alon

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DWF has announced a new partnership with BT to offer aspiring legal professionals the opportunity to qualify in English law while remaining in Northern Ireland. The joint traineeship by DWF and BT Group will enable six graduates to qualify as English solicitors through the Solicitors Qualifying Exam

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Queen's University Belfast School of Law has congratulated Sarah Hair on her graduation with six prestigious prizes. Ms Hair, the top student in her LLB class, has been awarded the McKane Medal, the Oxford University Press Law Prize, the Rory Conaghan Cup and Prize (jointly), the Lord Lowry Prize, t

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A restaurant in Belfast has been ordered to pay £20,000 to an Irish Traveller family who were unlawfully discriminated against by being asked to leave. The Joyce family brought the Cuisine Buffet restaurant on York Street to court with support from the Equality Commission.

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Northern Ireland’s High Court has refused to appoint a McKenzie friend in family law proceedings on the basis that she attempted to inappropriately influence the court and lacked a basic understanding of practice and procedure. Delivering judgment for the High Court, Mr Justice David McFarland

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Northern Ireland firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin has appointed Sinead Stewart as a director in its banking and finance team. With over 17 years’ experience, Ms Stewart advises a wide range of financial institutions and borrowers in relation to general corporate lending, real estate finance, develop

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A new public awareness campaign is drawing attention to Northern Ireland's new bans on so-called up-skirting, down-blousing and cyber-flashing. The Department of Justice launched the "Don't do it. Don't tolerate it" campaign to raise awareness of the new offences in the Justice (Sexual Offences and

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A former head of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and an English human rights lawyer are among four new appointments to the UK government's controversial legacy body. Lindsay Todd, Kathleen Russ, Rogelio Alonso and Professor Brice Dickson have been appointed as non-executive commissioner

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Northern Ireland firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin has promoted six lawyers across five of its specialist legal teams. The recent appointments include the promotion of Nathan Campbell to associate director within the employment and immigration department, Shane Conlan to associate director in the commercia

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Providing more support for litigants in person would help to ease pressure on Northern Ireland's family courts, according to new research from Ulster University. Two reports produced by Ulster University School of Law with funding from the Nuffield Foundation set out recommendations which researcher

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Progress on important human rights issues in Northern Ireland is at a virtual standstill amid the continued absence of devolved government, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has said. The watchdog yesterday published its annual human rights statement at an event in Stormont, which

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Two Ulster University postgraduate students have been awarded a prestigious Allen & Overy (A&O) award recognising talent in the field of librarianship and information management. Sinead Cooney, a senior library assistant in Roscommon Library Service headquarters, and Johanna Brennan, a libra

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Proposed changes to Northern Ireland's planning regulations have been put out to a public consultation. The Department for Infrastructure is consulting on proposed revisions and changes to the Planning (Development Management) Regulations (NI) 2015 is launched as part of its planning improvement pro

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