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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Press identity challenge failed

A press challenge to the ban on revealing the identity of a woman charged with murdering her baby has failed. Lawyers for the Belfast Telegraph’s publishers attempted to have reporting restrictions lifted, claiming the public has a right to know full details in the case. But with a consultant psychiatrist warning that naming the accused […]
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Schoolgirl spectator hit by an ice hockey puck

A schoolgirl spectator hit on the forehead by an ice hockey puck at a Belfast Giants match is not entitled to damages, a High Court judge ruled today. Courtney Harris-Browning was seeking a £30,000 award in a potentially landmark action against the team’s owners and the occupiers of the Odyssey Arena. But Mr Justice Gillen […]
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PSNI chiefs unlawfully read a sealed letter

PSNI chiefs unlawfully read a sealed letter from a former policeman suspected of circulating serving officer’s personal details to inmates while in prison, a High Court judge ruled today. Mr Justice Treacy held that Kyle Jones’ right to legal professional privilege (LPP) was breached by the decision to open correspondence to his solicitor. He said: […]
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Woman falsely portrayed, advertising sex

A Northern Ireland woman whose private photos appeared on a website for prostitutes is to receive £28,000 in damages, the High Court ruled today. The award was made to the mother-of-one for her ordeal in being falsely portrayed as advertising sex for sale. The Master ruled that the woman was entitled to £15,000 compensation for […]
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Judge spares Victorian warehouse

A High Court judge today spared a Victorian warehouse in Belfast city centre from demolition for a second time. Mr Justice Treacy quashed a renewed planning decision to have the historic Athletic Stores building pulled down and replaced with residential and retail premises. He ruled that the Department of the Environment failed to properly consider […]
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Woman to be awarded up to £5 million for brain injury

A woman set to be awarded up to £5 million for a catastrophic brain injury suffered in a road accident should receive a lump-sum compensation, a High Court judge has ruled. Mr Justice Gillen decided against an alternative periodical payment order due to the impact of an anticipated deduction in the pay-out for the victim […]
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