Facebook page about alleged Belfast paramilitary informers

A Belfast man has launched High Court proceedings in Belfast over featuring on a Facebook page about alleged paramilitary informers. McIvor Farrell Solicitors are seeking an order in Belfast High Court that Facebook must ensure the profile ‘INLA Touts’ does not reappear.

Paul Farrell of McIvor Farrell Solicitors Belfast said:

This is an important case in a developing area of law. It’s crucial that individuals rights are protected and that pages such as this are robustly dealt with by Facebook.

Mr Farrell added: “Our client is concerned for his safety and denies any wrongdoing whatsoever.”

Cannabis Seizure Case

McIvor Farrell Solicitors recently concluded a Proceeds of Crime case involving one of the largest seizures of cannabis in Northern Ireland. Following on from the conviction of the offender an application was made by The Prosecution for a Confiscation Order to cover the value of the drugs seized, namely £1.5million against the Defendant, with assets identified, including his home, to be seized.  Following on from nine months of robust and protracted negotiations and the retention of expert Forensic Accountants to prepare reports in relation to our clients financial circumstances we agreed a Settlement Figure of £1,500 with the State in full and final settlement.

TA flag rioter gets suspended jail term

A promising army career has been left in tatters after a part-time squaddie was handed a 15-month suspended jail term for rioting during a flag protest in east Belfast.
Solicitor advocate Paul Farrell said Lynn, who is a part-time Ranger in the 2nd Royal Irish had effectively been ostracised from his family who had themselves been members of the security forces, adding that Lynn had “expressed his deep deep shame and what he got himself involved in”.

He argued that for what was 12 seconds of involvement Lynn, who served a tour of the Helmand province where he encountered “horrific scenes,” would pay a heavy price indeed and urged the judge not to send him to prison.

On suspending the 15 month jail term for three years, Judge Kerr said whole everyone had the right to protest, no-one was entitled “to do so violently and not intentionally to try to cause damage and injury to the whole community”.

McIvor Farrell Negotiation Prize 2013

The McIvor Farrell Negotiation Prize for the most outstanding student at the QUB Institute of Professional Legal Studies for 2013 goes to Kirsty Linkin who shall be presented with her bursary at her Graduation on the 28th June 2013 at Queens University Belfast.

The McIvor Farrell Prize was established by McIvor Farrell, Solicitors in 2011.

The prize is awarded annually to the Solicitor trainee in the Institute of Professional Legal Studies who attains the highest standard in an assessed exercise on the Negotiation course.

At present the assessed exercise is based on the trainees conducting a negotiation, drafting terms of settlement and analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the settlement.

Belfast rioter gets suspended jail term

Solicitor advocate Paul Farrell told the court that the tourism degree student “literally took a wrong turn – a wrong turn on the way home and a wrong turn in his life”.

He said that when he came upon the rioting, Baker was “quite literally a moth attracted to a dangerous flame”.

The judge told the former Royal Belfast Academical Institution pupil he had let his family and himself down and that the message had repeatedly gone out that “people who get involved in riotous situations in this city can expect custodial sentences as an almost automatic consequence”.

Two men charged over murder of businessman

Mr Farrell put to him that Allen had given a “full account” during 20 interviews when initially arrested in 1996 and again since his arrest last Tuesday. The solicitor also put it to the detective sergeant that the accounts of both witnesses A and B were “replete with mistakes, inconsistencies, vagaries and ultimately confusion” but the officer refuted the suggestion.

Mr Farrell further suggested to the officer that with all the media attention and pressure associated with the case, the police were “embellishing the case … and are trying to get the evidence to fit the theory”, but again the officer denied that.

In refusing the bail application and remanding the pair into custody to appear in court again on Wednesday, District Judge Amanda Henderson said she would view any potential bail applications if there were suitable addresses outside Carrick.


Prison for woman who hid a stash of heroin in her bra

Judge Loughran said that despite the forceful defence plea of solicitor advocate Paul Farrell, which was deserving of the highest commendation, Hawkins’ offending had passed the threshold of an immediate custodial sentence.

Hawkins, whose descent into the drug culture came from an earlier hedonistic lifestyle, had made positive and valiant efforts to turn her life around and was genuinely remorseful, the court heard.


Claims Advice Service

Motorists in Northern Ireland can benefit from a new scheme launched this week by the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

The ‘Claims Advice Service’ has been launched in partnership with some of Northern Ireland’s leading insurance companies and will offer motorists a comprehensive service if they have been involved in a road traffic accident.

McIvor Farrell Solicitors are proud to offer motorists this service which will arrange for the repair and replacement of your damaged vehicle. You can also have the reassurance that the cost of car hire and repair of their vehicle will not be met by you.

The new Claims Advice Service provides motorists with the knowledge that McIvor Farrell will deal with your motoring requirements as well as offering invaluable legal advice following your accident.

To support the new service the Law Society has also the Solicitors Card which provides motorists with information on what to do and who to contact if they are involved in a road traffic accident. The card is produced in easily accessible credit card size and format.

The bright yellow solicitor’s card provides a top tips list on one side of the card and the contact details of McIvor Farrell on the reverse.   A smaller Tag Card has also been launched which can be attached to the driver’s car keys or key ring.

Both cards have been developed to ensure that the motorist has ease of access to the most important information of what to do and who to contact following a road traffic accident.

Call in to McIvor Farrell today for your ‘Solicitors Card’ or Contact Us to have one posted to you.

International Client Counselling Competition

Thanks are due to
the Law Society, Belfast Solicitors’
Association, Queen’s University and
other sponsors for making it possible
for the team to attend. Thanks are
also due to Steven’s firm – Bogue and
McNulty and to Ciaran’s firm – McIvor
Farrell for their financial contribution,
for allowing the team the time to
participate in the competition, and for
their general support and
encouragement. I can assure all of
these generous sponsors that they have
good cause to be proud of the team
and their excellent performance. It
was a real triumph to get into the final
against such stiff competition. Steven
and Ciaran were also great
ambassadors for Northern Ireland and
the Institute. It was hard to go to a
competition as defending titleholders
but they ensured that, whatever the
result, we would come back proud of