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Pupil can choose secondary school of his choice

A north Down boy with special education needs today won a High Court battle to get into the secondary education school of his choice. The 12-year-old was denied a place a St Colombanus’ College in Bangor, Co Down due to a cap on its intake of pupils with learning difficulties. He had been ruled out […]
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Blast 106 won High Court battle against Ofcom

A Belfast-based student radio station found to be in breach of its licence has won a High Court battle to continue broadcasting. Communications watchdog Ofcom said Blast 106 had failed to meet key commitments on speech and music content. Mr Justice Treacy quashed the regulator’s decision and ordered an extension of Blast 106’s community radio […]
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Former Loyalist prisoner recordings return to Northern Ireland

Police are to be allowed to fly back from America with the interviews a former loyalist prisoner gave to a university project – but they must not examine the contents. The Court of Appeal lifted an injunction so that two PSNI detectives in Boston can return tomorrow with the tapes Winston “Winkie” Rea is battling […]
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Legal bid rejected in placing Irish signs on a Belfast street

A High Court judge today threw out a legal bid to overturn a council block on putting Irish signs up on a Belfast street. Mr Justice Horner dismissed all grounds of challenge to the denial of dual-language plates at Ballymurphy Drive in the west of the city. He rejected claims that it was unreasonable to […]
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Property buyers in Belfast able to cancel contracts

Up to 40 buyers in Belfast apartment blocks are to be able to cancel contracts after a High Court judge today identified flaws in the completion process. Mr Justice Burgess also ruled that the developer did not have legal rights to some overhanging balconies on the James Clow complex at one stage when it was […]
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Woman pleads guilty to assaulting Sinn Féin Councillor

A WOMAN has admitted assaulting a Sinn Féin councillor who intervened when she verbally abused a Polish couple on a bus in Belfast, a court heard yesterday. Mary O’Neill’s lawyer confirmed she was pleading guilty to all charges linked to Tuesday’s alleged disorderly outburst onboard a Translink service into the city. It was also revealed […]
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Richard Clarke

Head of Personal Injury

The Practice are delighted to welcome Richard Clarke as our new head of civil litigation. Richard qualified via the QUB Professional Legal Studies course and acquired expertise as a civil defence solicitor for a major insurance company. Those expert negotiation skills are now deployed on behalf of civil litigants in traffic accidents, employer liability ,public […]
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Facebook must disclose records

Facebook must disclose any available records on the number of underage account holders in Northern Ireland, a High Court judge ruled today. Mr Justice Gillen held that, if kept, documentation should be supplied for a lawsuit involving a vulnerable schoolgirl user who contacted men and posted sexual photos on the site. The company is being […]
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Polish man wins extradition verdict

A man wanted in his native Poland to serve a jail sentence for a motoring offence which resulted in two, people being killed has won a legal battle to remain in Northern Ireland. Senior judges in Belfast today upheld a verdict that extradition would disproportionately interfere with his vulnerable son’s right to family life.
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Double killer, appeal hearing halted

Senior judges are to examine whether convicted double killer Hazel Stewart formally abandoned her first bid to overturn a conviction for murdering her policeman husband, it emerged today. Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan ordered transcripts from a previous appeal hearing in a bid to establish the exact circumstances in which the challenge to that […]
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