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Mother and Baby Homes Northern Ireland – Inquiry

Chilling testimonies are emerging from women who were forced to attend Mother and Baby Homes in NI. Calls for an urgent inquiry and compensation for these victims and survivors.

Redundancy is soaring, highest since records began.

Official statistics reveal over 10,000 redundancies have been determined by NI employers since March 2020, doubling 2019 figures.

If rugby causes brain damage, what next?

Rugby players have been coming forward with multiple cases of brain damage and dementia which they attribute to playing rugby. What is the future for rugby?

Rugby, football and brain damage..

Ex-rugby union internationals have recently commenced legal proceedings against their governing bodies for negligence, claiming that matches and training practices have left them with brain damage.

Challenging the NI Covid19 Lockdown Restrictions.

We have issued letters of claim to the Dept of Health on behalf of clients representing a cross-section of the Hair and Beauty sector, with a view to applying for leave for Judicial Review, challenging the recent disproportionate covid 19 restrictions.

Troubles Victims Pension Scheme Northern Ireland – Who Qualifies?

The victims payment regulations 2020, dubbed as The Troubles Pension Scheme compensates people who where present at troubles related incidents, and have suffered injury as a result.

COVID-19 – Maximising Financial Business Support

COVID-19 essential read. Online financial support tool, access here. Create piece of mind that you are not missing out on any available financial support.

Furloughing – The process for businesses to claim.

The process for which businesses claim for furlough opens today, Monday 20th April. Under the UK Government Job Retention Scheme, businesses can claim back 80% of salaries.

Covid-19 Scams – Government warning to be vigilant.

The public are being warned of a scam text message claiming to be from the government that is currently doing the rounds. Members of the public are urged not to click any links.

House purchase / sale during COVID-19?

With huge uncertainty around the housing market during COVID-19, what is going on with house purchases and sales currently in process? Take a look at this informative video.

Legal Services during Coronavirus COVID-19.

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Having provided resolute legal advice and sound assistance for over 70 years to both private clients and companies, we will continue to do so during covid-19.

HIA – Historical Institutional Abuse – Compensation Scheme

HIA Compensation – Where you resident at any of Northern Ireland’s children’s homes / youth detention centres between 1922 – 1995? If so, you could be entitled to a government compensation scheme payment of £10,000 up to £80,000.

Coronavirus COVID-19 and Business Insurance

Business interruption insurance or business income insurance is protection in the event of a disaster that results in a loss of income. Revenue lost due to a disaster related incident, for instance, may be due to a business having to close. Initially, this sounds like a life-line for business who have this protection within their…

Coronavirus COVID-19 and Business Support

‘What does my business need to know?’ The Chancellor announced several business support schemes, loan facilities, grant funding, rates relief, salary contributions and more during this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. The Northern Ireland Executive received an additional £640M from the UK Government in order to implement these schemes for local businesses. _____ GRANT…

Important Information – Covid-19

Following the latest Government and Public Health Advice, rest assured that we are taking the threat of Covid-19 infection seriously and endeavouring to do everything in our power to prevent further spread of the virus, whilst limiting risk to our Staff and Clients. If you are feeling unwell and/or displaying any cold or flu like…

‘Call Check’ beats the conveyancing scams

The conveyancing process typically involves large sums of money. The instances of scams within the conveyancing process is on the increase. Check out our call check system to beat the scammers. Statistics show on average, two scams per week at a cost of more than £250k.

Limitations of tax relief when you sell your home

Many people hold the view that when you sell your home you will not pay any tax particularly Capital Gains Tax on the difference between purchase and sales prices. There are however situations when this is not true. For example, you may have to pay some tax if you have let out all or part…

We have commissioned a full-building wrap-around mural to cover our office premises by Mark Ervine, legendary cross community mural artist

Mark and the piece featured in the Financial Times last weekend. The finished work will feature various Newtownards landmarks and famous personalities, such as Paddy “Blair” Mayne, Eddie Irvine, the Ards TT, Scrabo Tower, the historic Ards Maltings Building, a depiction of the looming machines found in mid-19th century local front rooms and a Cessna…

The online video game Fortnite is being blamed as the latest cause for divorce, according to a new report.

Divorce Online, a British site offering information and services to people whose marriages are breaking up, said that about 200 divorce petitions filed in the UK since the start of this year cited the virtual warfare game as a reason for the separation. “These numbers equate to roughly 5 per cent of the 4,665 petitions…

Dementia care by strangers for the millions who fail to prepare

Britain is in the grip of a dementia crisis, with a huge gulf between the numbers of people who will be affected by it and those preparing for it, a report will warn on Monday. Dementia is the biggest single cause of death in England and Wales, responsible for 12 per cent of deaths in…

‘Abuse’ warning as investigations into power of attorney surge

Investigations into the actions of attorneys and deputies appointed under the lasting power of attorney (LPA) procedure soared by more than 40% in the past year, figures have revealed, prompting a plea from a solicitors’ organisation to include a lawyer in the process. According to figures from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) 1,729…

New stamp duty changes

The stamp duty land tax payable on purchases have increased substantially on completions taking place on or after 1st April 2016 in respect of the purchase of additional properties, such as second homes and buy-to-let properties.