Phoenix Law

Decision not to prosecute 15 former soldiers over Bloody Sunday upheld

Prosecutors have upheld their decision not to prosecute 15 former British soldiers for murder, attempted murder and causing grievous bodily injury in connection with Bloody Sunday in 1972.

Published 29 September 2020

Transfer tests delayed further after legal challenges

Grammar school transfer tests are to be delayed until next January following successful legal challenges brought to the High Court in Belfast.

Published 2 September 2020

Executive Office unlawfully stymieing implementation of Troubles pension scheme

The Executive Office is unlawfully stymieing the implementation of the legacy pension scheme for victims of the Troubles, the High Court in Belfast has ruled.

Published 21 August 2020

Lawyers call for independent investigation after suspects in 1988 murder face no charges

Lawyers representing the family of an 18-year-old woman who was murdered in 1988 have called for an independent investigation following today's decision not to prosecute two suspects in the case.

Published 8 July 2020

Interim advocate under renewed pressure to quit after Catholic service

The interim advocate for victims of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland has come under renewed pressure from victims and survivors to step down after assisting in a Catholic church service.

Published 16 June 2020

PSNI has 'questions to answer' over disparity in policing protests

The PSNI has "questions to answer" after taking a light-touch approach to far-right protests in Belfast a week after fining dozens of Black Lives Matter protesters, a solicitor has said.

Published 15 June 2020

PSNI criticised for fining Black Lives Matter protesters

Lawyers and human rights activists have criticised the PSNI for fining protesters at Black Lives Matter rallies in Belfast and Derry.

Published 8 June 2020

Phoenix Law partners with addiction charity Davina's Ark

Belfast firm Phoenix Law has embarked on an ambitious year of fundraising for addiction charity Davina's Ark.

Published 19 May 2020

Short delay to transfer tests for school pupils to be challenged

A legal challenge has been brought against the decision to simply delay the 2020 round of transfer tests for Primary 6 pupils in Northern Ireland.

Published 14 May 2020

Solicitor warns PPE failures could lead to criminal liability

Failures to provide frontline workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic could lead to criminal charges, solicitor advocate Ciarán Moynagh has warned.

Published 15 April 2020

Coronavirus litigation hits courts as parent sues for school closures

A mother of a child with underlying health problems has launched an emergency judicial review of ministers' decision not to close schools across Northern Ireland.

Published 16 March 2020

Judgment reserved in bid for fresh investigation into man's 1976 murder

The Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment on the latest legal bid by the family of Séamus Ludlow to compel the State to reinvestigate his 1976 murder by "loyalist extremists".

Published 19 February 2020

Attorney General 'drew on Hillsborough analogies' in Stardust inquest decision

Attorney General Séamus Woulfe has said his decision to open a new inquest into the 1981 Stardust nightclub fire "drew on analogies of the Hillsborough disaster".

Published 13 January 2020

Fresh inquest to be held into Stardust fire deaths

A fresh inquest is set to be held into the 48 deaths at the infamous 1981 Stardust nightclub fire.

Published 26 September 2019

PSNI ordered to carry out criminal investigation into treatment of Hooded Men

The PSNI must carry out a criminal investigation into the treatment in custody of the "Hooded Men" in 1971, the Court of Appeal in Belfast has ruled.

Published 20 September 2019