MTB successfully represent clients in one of the largest employment law settlements in NI

MTB Employment Partner, John McShane, has successfully represented seven of nine claimants who took a case against the Executive Office – formerly the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) – for unfair dismissal. Read more

Live to work?

In the Republic of Ireland a business executive was awarded €7,500 by the Labour Court against her employers, Kepak Convenience Foods Unlimited, after being expected to deal with out of hours emails which led to her working in excess of 48 hours per week in breach of Organisation of Working Time Act 1997. Read more

Flight Delays: What can I do?

You have got the suitcases out of the attic, purchased the sun cream and navigated the queue at airport security. The summer holidays are about to begin and you’re just about to open that new book purchased in the shop in the airport, and then DISASTER…you look at the information screens and there’s the dreaded ‘DELAYED’ message beside your flight. Read more

“Unhappily married” woman loses Supreme Court fight for divorce

It was reported in our News Section in February 2018 that Mrs Owens had her case heard by the Court of Appeal on St Valentine’s Day.  The Court of Appeal agreed with the Judge at first instance and ruled that the grounds pleaded in her Divorce Petition were not sufficient to allow her to be divorced from Mr Owens. Read more

Should ‘they’, or you, get their eyes tested?

Have you ever been in a car travelling along a road when another driver does something totally inexplicable which has made you pass comment on their eyesight?  It has been reported today that a new survey by the DVLA suggests that 50% of motorists were unaware of the minimum eyesight standards required to hold a licence in the UK. Read more

Is maintenance a meal ticket for life?

The press sometimes refer to spousal maintenance as “a meal ticket for life”. The Supreme Court has, however, ruled that a divorced husband should not have to increase payments to his ex-wife if she mismanages her finances after their split. Read more

Several injured as bus collides with tanker on Belfast Road

Fifteen people were treated with injuries at the scene of an accident involving a bus and a tanker on Monday afternoon.  Eleven people were taken to the Ulster Hospital to be treated and it has been reported that one is in a serious, but not life-threatening, condition. Read more

Defamation – use social media carefully

Like many of you we, at MTB, are regular users of all types of social media. Social media is a fun pastime for most of us but have you ever seriously thought about the contents of your tweet or your facebook post before you have posted it online? Read more

Ammonia leak at business premises in Kilkeel, County Down

As many as 14 people have been taken to hospital following a suspected ammonia leak at a fish factory in Kilkeel, County Down.  https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/major-incident-at-kilkeel-fish-factory-gas-leak-14-in-hospital-37123765.html

The business premises are situated in the fishing town’s harbour area where emergency services have declared a major incident. Read more

Court of Appeal Judgment on Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed grows quickly and strongly and spreads through its underground roots and can undermine the structural integrity of buildings. It is extremely expensive to treat.

Robin Waistell and Stephen Williams who own two adjoining bungalows in South Wales made a claim in negligence against Network Rail. Read more

George Clooney injured in Italian motorbike crash

Hollywood star George Clooney was taken to hospital after suffering minor injuries in a collision involving his motorbike and a car in Sardinia. A representative for the star said that “A car did not respect the right of way and hit him. Read more

MTB attend the Dragon Boat Festival

James Fay and Dianne Wong from MTB Solicitors were delighted to attend the Dragon Boat Festival celebration lunch organized by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber was set up in 1983 by first generation Chinese immigrants with the aim to unite overseas immigrants and to promote racial equality. Read more

What does my conveyancing solicitor do?

You have found your ideal home and agreed a price. All you want to do is get the keys and get settled in but your solicitor isn’t ready for you to hand over that hard earned cash yet. Read more

Banks braced for new round of PPI payouts after recent court ruling

Payment Protection Insurance (“PPI”) has been a hot topic for years. PPI were policies designed to ‘protect’ your ability to make repayments in circumstances where you couldn’t make them yourself. These include if you were made redundant or couldn’t work due to an accident, illness, disability or death. Read more

Bon Voyage!

The kids are off school, the bags are packed and the forecast is good! MTB Solicitors wishes everyone taking a vacation in the coming months a rewarding, safe and enjoyable trip.

Sadly, from time to time even holiday goers cannot escape the vicissitudes of life, and accidents do occur. Read more

MTB Charity Pub Challenge 2018

On Friday 17th June 2018, MTB held its annual Charity Pub Challenge in aid of NI Chest Heart and Stroke.

A total of 17 teams, each made up of 4 people,  took to the streets of the Cathedral Quarter in an attempt to follow a series of clues and riddles leading them to their next pub.  Read more

MTB Dream Team Take Home the Plate

MTB Solicitors fielded a team in the annual Northern Ireland Young Solicitors Association Tag rugby competition at Malone Rugby club on Friday 22nd June 2018. Eight teams took part and were split into 2 groups of 4, with each team playing 3 group games. Read more

MTB secure licence for drinks sampling area for Gemini Pubs Limited

MTB were delighted to assist Gemini Pubs Limited in obtaining a licence for a drinks sampling area in the Lighthouse Wine Store in Whiteabbey.

Mr Damien Curran, Director of Gemini Pubs Limited, said “I am looking forward to this new venture and I am grateful to MTB Solicitors for their hard work and diligence throughout my application.”

If you require legal advice in relation to any liquor licensing matter, please contact our licensing department on 028 90329801.  Read more

MTB sponsor ‘Retail Business of the Year’ at The Ortus Awards

MTB Partners Aleric Turtle and Andrew Morrow were delighted to attend the Ortus Awards at Beechlawn Hotel today to present FeisFayre with the ‘Retail Business of the Year’  Award.

The Ortus Group is a Belfast-based enterprise agency which provides unique business support programmes and a wide range of complementary services. Read more

NI abortion law “needs radical reconsideration” says Deputy President of the Supreme Court

On 26th May 2018 the referendum in Ireland to repeal the eighth amendment was met with an overwhelming “yes” majority. The final result was 66.4% yes to 33.6% no.

The eighth amendment stated that there is equal right to life of the pregnant mother and unborn child. Read more