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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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Stealing a dog or a cat is to become a specific criminal offence in Northern Ireland under plans backed by the UK government. The Pet Abduction Bill, a private member's bill introduced at Westminster by Southend West MP Anna Firth and now formally backed by government ministers, proposes to create a

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The Times has published an obituary of Sir Michael Nicholson, the Northern Ireland judge who passed away in October last year. Sir Michael, who was 90, took silk in 1971 and was first appointed as a deputy County Court judge in 1983. He was later appointed as a High Court judge in 1986 and elevated

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The Irish government has formally lodged its inter-state case against the UK with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The application, challenging the UK's controversial Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Act 2023, was lodged on 17 January 2024 and registered under no. 185

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The Law Society of Northern Ireland has published its first-ever sustainability strategy in a bid to promote and enhance the role of solicitors in tackling climate change. The 11-page document was drawn up with the assistance of KPMG's ESG team and the Law Society's climate justice group, which was

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In-house lawyer Ross White has been elected as chair of the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors' Association (NIYSA). Mr White, legal counsel at construction group GRAHAM, succeeded Shannon Gawley following the association's AGM at Law Society House yesterday.

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The Irish language was spoken during legal proceedings in Belfast's Royal Courts of Justice yesterday in what language experts say was the first time in nearly 300 years. The First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) was hearing an appeal brought by Conradh na Gaeilge against a decision by the Inform

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Northern Ireland firm Millar McCall Wylie has presented £12,500 to its 2023 charity partner, Cancer Fund for Children. The law firm raised cash for the charity throughout 2023, including through a sponsored 20-mile hike through the Mourne Mountains, relay teams in the Belfast City Marathon and

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Northern Ireland commercial law firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin has welcomed its latest cohort of trainee solicitors. The new trainees are Rebecca Cargill, who completed her legal studies at Ulster University; Rachael Orr, an alumna of the University of St Andrews and the University of Law; and Ross Gall

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The Law Society of Northern Ireland raised over £13,000 last year for its chosen charity, Include Youth. Past president Brian Archer was joined by the charity's skills manager Claire Meenehan and senior employability and employer liaison worker Donna O'Neill to announce the fundraising total o

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