Big Penalty for Wayne Rooney!

Wayne Rooney has been given a two year driving ban and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to drink-driving. Rooney was almost three times the legal limit when he was arrested at approximately 2:00am on 1st September 2017. Read more

Mesh Implants – have you been affected?

More and more women are taking legal action against the NHS after experiencing severe discomfort following the implantation of surgical mesh.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-40379675

At McCartan Turkington Breen we have experience in dealing with claims for clients who have been left physically and mentally scarred  following mesh-implant surgery. Read more

Disability Discrimination – Mental Health in the Workplace

A recent decision of the Employment  Tribunal has highlighted the need for employers to be more pro-active in addressing issues around mental health. In the case in question an employee, who suffered from mental ill-health, was awarded £11,000 after it was decided that her employer had taken too long to consider her request for reduced working hours. Read more

MTB Staff to take on Slieve Donard Challenge!

Staff of MTB are donning their hiking boots this Saturday as they take on Northern Ireland’s highest mountain, Slieve Donard, as part of Friends of the Cancer Centre’s charity hike.

The challenge will see a group of our staff making their way through the forest, along the Mourne Wall, crossing at the saddle and climbing 850 metres towards the summit of Slieve Donard. Read more

MTB Dream Team undefeated at NIYSA Tag Rugby Competition!

MTB’s tag rugby team set a very high standard at the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors Association tag rugby tournament on Thursday afternoon. Eight teams took part, playing four very hotly contested matches each. It was a very entertaining afternoon with some stellar performances on the pitch. Read more

Will there be any inheritance tax to pay on Brucie’s estate?!

The much loved Bruce Forsyth passed away on Friday last. He leaves behind a wife, six children, nine grand-children and three great grand-children. He died with an estate worth in or around £17 million – will HMRC see any of it? Read more

NI house prices on the rise!

Recent research from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency has shown that house prices are on the rise. Between 1 April to 30 June 5,106 properties were sold. Although the average price of a property has increased to £128,650 this figure varies depending on the area where the purchase was made. Read more

Pregnancy Discrimination – Know Your Rights!

A mother has accepted a settlement of £9,000 from her former employer after she was made redundant during her second maternity leave. The mother alleged unfair dismissal and unlawful discrimination on the grounds of gender and pregnancy. Read more

Driving Disqualifications now recognised on both sides of the Irish border

The Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Driving Disqualifications, made on 30th October 2015 between the UK and Ireland, came into effect this week. This means that driving disqualifications relating to drivers being disqualified for reckless or dangerous driving, hit-and-run driving, and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs will now be recognised on both sides of the Irish border. Read more

Challenging the perception of a claims culture in ROI

The Courts Service of Ireland has reported a 15% increase in the number of Personal Injury Summonses issued in 2016 and, naturally, this has led to heightened concerns around the so-called claims culture and increased insurance premiums in Ireland. Read more

Keep calm, you’re moving house!

It’s that time of year again when lots of us are in the process of moving house. After putting our houses on the market in the Spring (because that’s the best time we’re told!) , sales have now been agreed and all of a sudden we’re on the move! Read more

Have your say, demand equal pay!

The issue of equal pay has been thrust into the limelight recently as it emerged that the BBC’s top earner, radio presenter Chris Evans, is paid more than four times the salary of the corporation’s highest earning woman, Claudia Winkleman.   Read more

MTB sponsor Holywood Golf Open Week

MTB Solicitors are proud sponsors of the Holywood Open Golf Week which started on Saturday 22nd July 2017 and will run until Saturday 29th July 2017. Details of the event can be found at https://brsgolf.com/opencomps/club/detail/?id=2

It is not too late to enter a team in one of the events. Read more

AIRBNB – things to consider before you ‘host’!

Airbnb, which started in San Francisco with a small apartment and an inflatable air bed, now has approximately 100 million users worldwide. Here, in Northern Ireland, there are hundreds of active rentals on the Airbnb website with many homeowners deciding to let out all or part of their properties during certain periods of the year. Read more

Belfast accountant fined for providing inadequate advice for pension transfers

In a recent Financial Conduct Authority press release it emerged that a Belfast accountant was fined £75,000.00 for providing inadequate advice to clients when they were advising on pension transfers.  https://www.fca.org.uk/news/press-releases/fca-fines-compliance-oversight-officer-pension-transfer-failings

Many of us seek financial advice from accountants and financial advisors in relation to a wide range of products and investments that are on offer in the marketplace today. Read more

Changing the terms and conditions of an employment contract – the facts!

The challenges of running a business in a fast changing environment, together with ensuring stability for employees, can sometimes lead to problems if an employer wishes to vary the terms of an employee’s contract, eg holiday entitlement, working hours, duties or location. Read more

MPs approve extension of non-jury trials in NI

Throughout ‘the Troubles’ jury tampering was a major issue and so, in 1972, Diplock (non-jury) courts were established. Non-jury courts were abolished in 2007, save that the Justice and Security (NI) Order 2007 provided the Director of Public Prosecutions the power to order a Judge only trial in exceptional circumstances. Read more

90% of children in NI re-offend within one year of being released

The BBC reported today that nine out of 10 children in Northern Ireland who served a custodial sentence after breaking the law in 2013-2014 re-offended within a year of being released. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-40507016

If your child gets in trouble with the authorities, and has to attend a police interview or go to court, it is essential that they have the right representation to ensure that the best outcome is achieved for them. Read more

MTB Team Takes Part In Runway Run!

A team from MTB successfully completed the third annual Grant Thornton Runway Run at Belfast City Airport on Thursday past. The event is a team 5km run along the runway for teams of four, where the individual times are added together. Read more

Social Media: the rights of employees to post on personal social media accounts

The US singer-songwriter Katy Perry has become the first person to reach 100m followers on Twitter.

This statement is emblematic of the rise of social media and its pervasiveness in our everyday lives. In the context of the employment relationship, and in the absence of a clear social media policy for employees, the law is not black and white but different shades of grey as emphasised by the following 2 decisions:

  • Crisp v Apple Retail (UK) Ltd ET/1500258/11 In this case, one of the world’s most prominent consumer technology companies, Apple, used its policies and procedures to dismiss fairly an employee who had made several Facebook posts that it considered could damage its reputation.
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