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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…
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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…
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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…
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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".
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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…
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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. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/prison-for-woman-who-hid-a-stash-of-heroin-in-her-bra-28701472.html
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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…
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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…
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