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The Archers - is Helen going to prison?

The long running story of Rob Tichener’s abuse of his wife Helen in BBC Radio 4's The Archers came to a gruesome climax this week in a shocking scene for listeners that resulted in outcry on social media platforms and news outlets across the nation. Gavan Duffy QC, chairman of Northern Ireland's Criminal Bar Association offers his insights into the legal repercussions for Helen.

Published 7 April 2016

NI: Shared Parental Leave - one year on

Jonathan Simpson, solicitor in the employment department at Cleaver Fulton Rankin in Belfast, reflects on the year since Shared Parental Leave was introduced.

Published 5 April 2016

NI: Mental Capacity Bill shows Stormont at its best

Linda Johnston, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, writes about the passing of the Mental Capacity Bill by the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Published 23 March 2016

NI: Understanding discrimination by association

Maxine Orr, partner at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, considers two cases whereby an employee was not required to share the relevant protected characteristic in order to claim discrimination by association.

Published 23 March 2016

Pre-birth judicial approval model could be the surrogacy solution

Dr Brian Tobin of NUI Galway writes on potential solutions to the challenges of legislating for surrogacy in Ireland.

Published 22 March 2016

Blog: Cancer misdiagnosis in Wexford general hospital

Karen Kearney, medical negligence solicitor at Ernest J. Cantillon Solicitors in Cork, writes about the latest medical negligence fiasco.

Published 4 March 2016

NI: Employment Bill passed at the NI Assembly – What changes will it bring?

Rachel Richardson, director at Tughans Solicitors in Belfast, comments on the Employment Bill which has reached the Final Reading stage at the NI Assembly.

Published 3 March 2016

NI: Female employee awarded £50k settlement in sex discrimination case

Maxine Orr, partner at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, reflects on the lessons of a recent sex discrimination case that resulted in a £50k settlement.

Published 3 February 2016

NI: A request to speak English in the workplace – is this Race Discrimination?

Maxine Orr, partner at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, examines whether Northern Ireland employers who ask staff to speak English are breaking the law. 

Published 2 February 2016

NI: Court of Appeal rules against Polish GP’s claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal

Maxine Orr, partner at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, explains the case of a Polish GP who failed in a discrimination claim.

Published 29 January 2016