The Bar of Northern Ireland

Ex-barrister who gave up legal career to become a nun leaves convent

A former Northern Ireland barrister who gave up a 23-year legal career to become a nun five years ago has left the convent after being told she will not be allowed to take her final vows.

Published 24 September 2019

#InPictures: Annual prayer service marks start of the new legal year

Northern Ireland's top legal figures attended a prayer service to mark the start of the new legal year yesterday.

Published 9 September 2019

Pro Bono Choir raises £8,000 for charities at summer concert

The Pro Bono Choir, made up of solicitors, barristers and judges, raised £8,000 for charities Flourish NI and Helping Hand at its annual summer concert.

Published 20 August 2019

Barristers raise £82,500 for mental health charity AWARE

Northern Ireland barristers have raised a record-breaking £82,500 for AWARE, a leading mental health charity in Northern Ireland.

Published 17 May 2019

Jacqueline Simpson QC and solicitor Barbara Creed to deliver Women in Law lecture

Barrister Jacqueline Simpson QC and Barbara Creed, partner at A&L Goodbody, are set to deliver the next Women in Law lecture in Belfast.

Published 30 April 2019

Michael Lavery QC

Prominent barrister Michael Lavery QC, who represented the families of many Bloody Sunday victims at the Saville Inquiry, has passed away at the age of 84.

Published 29 April 2019

Barristers from north and south discuss challenges of Brexit at annual meeting

Representatives of the barrister profession on both sides of the border focused on the impact of Brexit on the legal and justice sectors at the seventh annual Joint North South Bar Meeting.

Published 8 April 2019

Sheena Grattan BL and Margarita Sloane to deliver first Women in Law lecture

Barrister Sheena Grattan and solicitor Margarita Sloane are set to deliver the first in a new series of Belfast lectures on Women in Law.

Published 21 March 2019

Young barristers address A-level students at Methody law conference

Young barristers addressed A-level students in Belfast this month on the challenges they've faced while training and working as barristers.

Published 13 March 2019

Belfast lecture on women in the law hears from Lady Arden and Ms Justice Geoghegan

Two of the most prominent women judges in Ireland and Britain addressed a sold-out Belfast event to mark International Women's Day 2019 last week.

Published 12 March 2019

Legal profession thanked for raising £20,000 at Pro Bono Choir concert

Northern Ireland charities Aware NI and The Welcome Organisation have thanked members of the legal profession for raising £20,000 at a charity concert.

Published 27 February 2019

Collapse of devolution 'holding back gender diversity in the legal profession'

The collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive two years ago has held back efforts to improve gender diversity within the legal profession, barristers have told Irish Legal News.

Published 18 January 2019

Mrs Justice Keegan and leading lawyers discuss diversity and the law after RBG screening

Leading members of the judiciary and legal profession came together to discuss diversity in legal representation after a Belfast screening of RBG, a new documentary on the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court.

Published 11 January 2019