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Significant Supply of Cocaine Case

We recently represented a Defendant in a significant supply of cocaine case involving a kilo of the drug with a purity level of 70% before Craigavon Crown Court. The matter was dealt with by Solicitor Advocate Paul Farrell who identified matters of exceptionality concerning the case and with the support of relevant expert reports persuaded the Court to mark the sentence with a short period in custody (6months) with an extended period of post release license in the community. We are delighted to have secured this result for the Defendant and are pleased to have identified issues in his case…
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Successful LEXEL Assessment

Once again Belfast Solicitors McIvor Farrell have passed the LEXEL assessment with flying colours. LEXEL is a legal services competency standard confirming the highest standards of  service and practice management and we are delighted once again to have met the high standards required. LEXEL co-ordinator Mr Ciaran Maguire has praised all staff for their efforts and ongoing commitment to providing first class legal representation to our clients. LEXEL accreditation ensures that all those who deal with McIvor Farrell can expect to receive ongoing high level representation and engagement from our professional and support staff at all times.
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McC v The Department of Justice for Northern Ireland

Active Court of Appeal Case The Applicant was not afforded an oral hearing by the Legal Services Agency on foot of an emergency civil application. The crux of the Applicant’s case is that regulation 26 and regulation 10 of the Civil Legal Services (Appeal) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 are unlawful in that they restrict the discretion of the Appeal Panel in such a way that firstly seemed to serve no rational purpose and secondly in a way which undermined the independence of the Appeal Panel. Article 3 of The Access to Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 provides that the Department…
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Legacy Inquest Disclosures

Belfast Solicitors McIvor Farrell attended a meeting with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Teresa Di Villiers today at Stormont with the family of a murder victim in order to impress upon her the need to provide adequate and immediate disclosures in relation to a Legacy Inquest we are conducting which touches on the issue of Police Collusion with Paramilitaries in the lead up to the murder and it’s subsequent investigation. Following a productive meeting the Secretary of State gave us an assurance that she would look into our concerns and correspond with the Chief Constable on…
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First Class Employment Settlement

Belfast Solicitors McIvor Farrell recently concluded a Settlement Agreement in relation to an employment matter where significant settlement figure was negotiated in favour of the employee with generous terms of severance in. The Client was most satisfied and wrote in with the following words of thanks; “The help and support you have given me during this  has been first class and I certainly would not have got as good a settlement.” McIvor Farrell were happy to have been of assistance to this client during a particularly difficult time for him and would encourage anyone who has problems with any employment…
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Case raising complex human rights issues

In the Matter of an Application by RMcC for Leave to Apply for Judicial Review And in the matter of a decision of the Legal Services Agency Northern Ireland And in the matter of decisions of the Department of Justice The Applicant was refused an oral hearing in respect of the refusal of emergency legal aid. The Applicant now seeks a declaration that specific regulations within The Civil Legal Services (Appeal) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 are procedurally unfair, unlawful, ultra vires and of no force or effect. In all the circumstances of the case it is submitted that the decisions of the Respondent…
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1970s Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment

McIvor Farrell have now commenced a claim for compensation against the Ministry of Defence, PSNI and British Government in relation to allegations of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment on behalf of a client who was arrested, interned and subjected to the most horrific conditions of detention in the early 1970s. The Plaintiff was held without Trial and during his time in custody was subjected to numerous beatings, sleep deprivation and thrown from an Army helicopter blindfolded as it hovered above the ground. Solicitor Conor Woods has described it as a “landmark case that will have far reaching consequences for…
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Father and son in court over Belfast shooting

As reported on u.tv: Under cross examination from McKay Snr's defence solicitor Paul Farrell, the officer accepted that he had been captured on CCTV at another location at the time of the shooting but still maintained that he remains as a suspect. The officer also conceded that Mr Gavin had made similar allegations of threats to kill against his father in law about a year ago but that McKay Snr was not prosecuted for it and that he had been on police bail for a considerable period before the case was dropped. Mr Farrell suggested to the detective that police…
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Sunday Life Defamation

We recently settled a claim for significant value against the Sunday Life Newspaper in relation a Defamation Action taken on behalf of a client wrongfully identified as being involved in a murder. Proceedings were robustly defended but ultimately the matter was settled on favourable terms and a full apology was given to the Plaintiff. In complementing McIvor Farrell the Plaintiff said “I felt (your) staff, throughout the whole process, dealt with my case professionally and efficiently at all times” and went on “From the very first introduction meeting to the conclusion I believe that I was given excellent and clear…
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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…
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