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Appeal against adverse decision of Financial Ombudsman in serious illness insurance dispute dismissed

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought against a decision of the Financial Service Ombudsman, who had dismissed a couple’s complaint that their serious illness insurance had been revoked without their knowledge.

Published 10 June 2016

Sugden announces major review of sentencing law

Northern Ireland's Justice Minister Claire Sugden has announced a major review of the legislative framework for sentencing.

Published 10 June 2016

Department of Justice may appeal suspended sentences ruling

The Department of Justice may lodge an appeal against the High Court ruling which struck down laws governing the activation of suspended sentences, the Irish Independent reports.

Published 10 June 2016

Patent-heavy businesses optimistic ahead of new European court launch next year

A year before the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is set to launch, considerably more patent-heavy businesses believe the UPC will benefit their company (80 per cent) compared to only 36 per cent of those with small portfolios, according to a survey by Allen & Overy.

Published 10 June 2016

DPP wins Supreme Court bid on maximum sentences for indecent assault

A six-judge court has overturned the Court of Appeal’s decision on maximum sentences for indecent assault, The Irish Times reports.

Published 10 June 2016

CPS declines to charge British intelligence officer complicit in torture of Libyan family, including children

UK government prosecutors investigating the kidnap and “rendition” of two families to Libya by MI6 and the CIA have announced their conclusions that a senior British intelligence official was involved in the operation and had – to a limited extent – sought political approval for it.

Published 10 June 2016

Tughans tech team advises inventors and entrepreneurs

Specialist solicitors at Belfast firm Tughans gave advice to Northern Ireland entrepreneurs and investors at the INVENT Mentor Day yesterday.

Published 10 June 2016

O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors director hosts major business diversity event

Imelda McMillan, director at O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors in Belfast, hosted a major event attracting nearly 300 businesspeople who wanted to hear about inclusive growth and diversity.

Published 10 June 2016

Lawyers and judges unite to raise funds for CLIC Sargent

Solicitors, barristers and members of the judiciary spun the wheels of justice at a CLIC Sargent fundraiser hosted by the Law Society of Northern Ireland yesterday.

Published 10 June 2016

Supreme Court finds limited defence for selling alcohol to underage persons constitutional

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal brought by a company found guilty of supplying alcohol to an underage person, in which they argued that amendments to the law which limited the defences available were unconstitutional.

Published 9 June 2016

Fitzgerald accepts argument for Ombudsman role in prisoner complaints process

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has accepted a recommendation that the Ombudsman and Information Commissioner should be given a role in the prison inspection process.

Published 9 June 2016

UN experts say Ireland abortion ban subjected woman to suffering and discrimination

UN experts have determined that a woman faced discriminating, inhumane and degrading treatment as a result of Ireland’s legal prohibition of abortion when forced to balance carrying a baby, which would not survive after birth, against seeking an abortion outside of Ireland.

Published 9 June 2016

Insurers insist legal fees partly to blame for soaring motor premiums

Insurance companies have claimed legal costs and high compensation awards in the country are the major reason for insurance premiums rising by around 34 per cent, The Irish Times reports.

Published 9 June 2016

Collusion identified as 'significant feature' of Loughinisland killings

Collusion between police and loyalist paramilitaries was a "significant feature" of the Loughinisland murders in 1994, according to a report by the Police Ombudsman.

Published 9 June 2016

UKSC's Lord Sumption reflects on over-specialisation in law

In an address conference on family law held in London, UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Sumption reflects on the problems caused by over specialisation in the legal profession, and the importance of cross-fertilisation between different areas of practice.

Published 9 June 2016