Fraud Attacks

McIvor Farrell Solicitors have been made aware of attacks made on other Solicitor Firms’ IT Systems in order to defraud clients out of money from their bank accounts. We can reassure all clients that our IT Systems are completely up-to-date with Firewalls and Ant-Virus Software and that we have not fallen prey to any attempted fraud.

However for the sake of clarity, we will never ask you to provide your bank account details to us via email nor will we ever send you an email with our account details asking you to deposit monies into it. If you have any concerns in relation to any email received from us please alert us to your concerns immediately.

Greater Belfast Marketing Campaign

mcivorfarrell-belfast-solicitors-advertWe are very pleased with our targeted marketing campaign in the Greater Belfast area. We have a strong reputation within the community for a wide range of legal services but our current campaign focuses on our strengths in personal injury compensation claims.

Describing the campaign Marketing Director Ciaran Maguire said:

We are delighted with our current marketing strategy in association with Clear Channel. As a business with over 20yrs experience in compensation claims we can be trusted to ensure the best results in each case.

Wills and Probate

McIvor Farrell Solicitors Limited are proud to support the latest Campaign from the “Will to Give” Charity.

“Will to Give” is a consortium of some of Northern Ireland’s most cherished Charities who have come together to promote charitable gifts in Wills. Member Charities cover a broad range of causes and are off ever size and scale. “Will to Give” has grown considerable from its inception in January 2011 and today has 45 active Charity Members whose representatives meet on a monthly basis.

The people of Northern Ireland are extremely generous in showing their support for good causes and do so in many ways. It often comes as a surprise therefore that only 3% of the people in Northern Ireland who make a will leave a gift to Charity. “Will to Give” is working to increase the number of gifts made to charity in this way and we at McIvor Farrell are pleased to support their efforts by making all of our clients aware that giving to charity in their will is an option.

If you are thinking of making a will, please feel free to contact our Probate Department who will be happy to advise you of your options.

Remember our initial consultation is free so call today.

Regional Criminal Defence Firm of the Year

McIvor Farrell are delighted to have been chosen by International Global Law Experts (GLE) as their Editors choice for the “Regional Criminal Defence Firm” of the year in Northern Ireland.

Earlier this month the awards panel convened and the winners were selected. The shortlisted firms were judged on client testimonials, key cases, legal rankings, overall reputation, publication contributions, speaking engagements and the performance and standing of teams and individual lawyers.

During the recommendations stage GLE received over 100,000 responses from business directors, in-house legal counsel, independent law firms, high net-worth individuals, bar associations, visitors to the GLE website and LinkedIn users. These recommendations were combined with GLE’s own independent research in order to create a shortlist for each award.

Speaking in advance of receiving the award Strategic Development Director Paul Farrell said:

“This is the second time we have been internationally recognised for our Criminal Defence standards. It is an honour for us to be listed amongst the premier Criminal Defence Firms in Northern Ireland but to win this prestigious award underscores our commitment to client care and cutting edge knowledge of the law which ensures the best achievable outcomes for our clients.”

Lexcel Accrediation for Belfast Solicitors McIvor Farrell

On 29th April 2015 McIvor Farrell Solicitors Ltd underwent a full reassessment of our LEXCEL accreditation which was first obtained in 2012. The assessment involved an on-site audit by an independent assessor across all aLexcel Accredited Practicespects of our practice. At the conclusion of the 2 day assessment we were delighted to have succeeded once again in attaining the high standards required for our LEXCEL accreditation.

LEXCEL is the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care. Not all Solicitors achieve accreditation and we are among the few who do in Northern Ireland. LEXEL provides a robust management framework to help legal practices develop consistent operational efficiencies and deliver client services at the highest level.

Our LEXCEL Coordinator, Ciaran Maguire, said “At McIvor Farrell we believe it is vital to manage the quality of our legal services effectively. A quality management system that is independently assessed demonstrates our commitment and ability to constantly deliver services that meet and exceed client expectations. We will continue to demonstrate the commitment required to achieve the LEXCEL standard going forward to 2016 and beyond”.

McIvor Farrell Prize for the Best Performing Student

Mc Ivor Farrell as part of their ongoing commitment to assisting in the development of the legal profession in Northern Ireland are pleased to announce that the recipient of the McIvor Farrell Prize for the Best Performing Student at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in the Negotiation Category is Niamh Hargen.

Our Student Outreach Director Paul Farrell said “It’s a great honour for us to have an ongoing close association with the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and to be involved now for many years in the Annual Prize giving Ceremony. The McIvor Farrell Negotiation Prize recognises the most outstanding student in the area of complex negotiations and Niamh is a well deserving recipient. We wish her continued success as a solicitor in the years to come.”

Challenging Case of Sentencing Principles

McIvor Farrell recently defended an Accused of two Robberies where the Probation Board had assessed him as ‘Dangerous’ prior to sentencing meaning that he was likely to receive an Extended Custodial Sentence. We robustly challenged this assessment and Solicitor Advocate, Paul Farrell, made legal submissions to the Court and obtained expert Forensic Psychology Reports disputing the Probation Boards findings.

Following a fully disputed hearing the Court accepted the Legal Arguments and Medical Opinion advanced by the Defence and the Offender was not deemed to be Dangerous and received a Determinate Custodial Sentence of two and a half years custody and two and a half years on licence upon release.

Speaking outside court Mr Farrell said “This was a very challenging case involving a complex area of sentencing principles. We are delighted to have secured the outcome for the Defendant that we have done and believe the Court has come to the correct conclusion and sentence in the case.”

Gambling addict fraudster avoids jail

UTV News coverage of how solicitor advocate Paul Farrell represented the assistant manager of a jewellery shop who swindled more than £20,000 to feed his gambling addiction but walked free from court after receiving a 16 month suspended jail term. Speaking in court Paul Farrell outlined how:

Jones, who was filled with genuine remorse and shame, first became ensnared in a gambling addiction

Read more here

 

McKeown Application for leave to Apply for Judicial Review of the Department for Social Development

We have initiated Judicial Review Proceedings against the Department For Social Development in respect of their decision to remove our client’s Widowed Parents Allowance when her partner recently began to reside at her home.

In recent times, a decision was made to allow widowed spouses of Royal Ulster Constabulary Officers to retain their Widows Allowance should they commence a subsequent relationship. We have made the submission to the High Court that there should be no discrimination between ordinary widows and widows of Royal Ulster Constabulary Officers.

We are firmly of the view that the current policy of the Department For Social Development is at odds with the conventions of marriage and private life.

This is a case that involves far-reaching human rights issues and it is currently before the court.

X v Facebook Ireland Ltd.

The facts and circumstances of this case concern our client being identified and specially named on a Facebook page entitled ‘INLA Touts’ and the resulting threats on his life.

The Courts have previously demonstrated where there exists a breach of a person’s convention rights, that Facebook can be made the subject of injunctions to prevent further harm.

The possibility of actions against Facebook has been considered by the Court most recently in XY v. Facebook Ireland Limited [2012] NIQB 96 and CG v. Facebook Ireland Limited & McCloskey [2015] NIQB 11.

The following principles were established:

In XY McCloskey LJ held “The evidence…….demonstrates that there are those who are ill disposed to the Plaintiff and who are prepared to incite strong feelings of antagonism and hostility towards him with reckless disregard for the possible consequences.”

The Court ultimately granted interim relief in ordering Facebook to remove the offending page, concluding that this was “the only potentially efficacious remedy open to the Court in the present circumstances.”

 

Our case goes further than the standard set in XY and CG in that our client has had:

    1. Individuals visit him at home,
    2. Specifically reference the subject matter of the Facebook post,
    3. Made a conditional threat on his life; and
    4. Stated he would continue to be under surveillance.

 

 

 

 

This case is currently before the court and no further comment can be made at this time.