Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors



Lawyers welcome increase in payments for victims of contaminated blood scandal

Lawyers acting for victims of the contaminated blood scandal have welcomed an announcement that compensation payments in Northern Ireland will be brought in line with England.

Published 2 September 2020

Laura Banks: How the law can support the COVID-19 bereaved

Laura Banks, solicitor at Francis Hanna & Co, considers how human rights law can assist people experiencing a bereavement related to coronavirus.

Published 22 April 2020

Calls for Widowed Parent's Allowance law change renewed 18 months after landmark ruling

Campaigners have renewed calls for the UK Government to bring the Widowed Parent's Allowance scheme in line with human rights laws a year and a half after a landmark UK Supreme Court ruling.

Published 9 March 2020

#InPictures: Francis Hanna & Co sponsors charity expedition to South Pole

Belfast-based Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors sponsored local man Garrett Curran on his charity fundraising expedition to the South Pole.

Published 16 January 2020

Claire Edgar appointed to International Children Law Panel of Solicitors

Claire Edgar, family and divorce partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, has been appointed to the Law Society of Northern Ireland's International Children Law Panel of Solicitors.

Published 19 November 2019

Solicitor in McLaughlin case welcomes MPs' call for 'urgent' action on bereavement benefits

Belfast solicitor Laura Banks has welcomed a report by MPs criticising the UK government's failure to act following a landmark UK Supreme Court decision on Widowed Parent's Allowance.

Published 5 November 2019

Claire Edgar: Ruling sets out courts' powers in child abduction cases

Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, considers yesterday's UK Supreme Court decision in a child abduction case.

Published 31 October 2019

Belfast solicitor Laura Banks delivers TEDxStormont talk

Belfast solicitor Laura Banks, who acted for Siobhan McLaughlin in her UK Supreme Court challenge to the rules governing the payment of a Widowed Parent’s Allowance, was the first of 18 speakers at the recent TEDxStormont event in the Parliament Buildings.

Published 6 September 2019

Claire Edgar and Gráinne Murphy to present paper on financial abuse to European conference

Northern Ireland lawyers Claire Edgar and Gráinne Murphy are in Norway this week for a major conference on domestic violence.

Published 2 September 2019

UK could be taken to European Court of Human Rights over failure to legislate on Widowed Parent's Allowance

Belfast solicitor Laura Banks has warned that the UK government could be brought to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) over its failure to legislate following a landmark ruling on Widowed Parent's Allowance.

Published 30 August 2019

Claire Edgar: New pensions guidance will help those dealing with ancillary relief cases

Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors in Belfast, writes on new pensions guidance which has been published to help family law practitioners in ancillary relief cases.

Published 21 August 2019

Solicitor in Widowed Parent's Allowance case to address TEDxStormont

Belfast solicitor Laura Banks, who acted for Siobhan McLaughlin in her UK Supreme Court challenge to the rules governing the payment of a Widowed Parent’s Allowance, will deliver a TEDx talk later this month.

Published 8 August 2019

Solicitor Laura Banks named Employee of the Year at Belfast Business Awards

Belfast solicitor Laura Banks has been named "Employee of the Year" at the 2019 Belfast Business Awards.

Published 15 May 2019

Family law expert Claire Edgar addresses Belfast conference on domestic violence

Family law expert Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, addressed a major Belfast conference about the legal remedies for victims of domestic abuse.

Published 13 May 2019

Laura Banks of Francis Hanna & Co shortlisted for award

Solicitor Laura Banks of Belfast-based firm Francis Hanna & Co has been shortlisted as a finalist in the "Employee of the Year" category at the Belfast Business Awards 2019.

Published 12 April 2019