GDPR – take action now!

On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (“the GDPR”) will replace the current Directive and will become immediately applicable in all Member States of the EU. Regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (“the ICO”), the GDPR brings with it new legal rights for individuals, more accountability for organisations, higher standards of consent and significantly larger fines. Read more

MTB delighted to assist Indian Restaurant in obtaining a liquor licence

We are delighted to have assisted the owners of Saffron, an Indian Restaurant in Portrush, in obtaining a liquor licence.  The licence was granted by Antrim Court on Thursday 9th November 2017.

The owners of the business were delighted to have obtained a liquor licence for Saffron and are looking forward to the growth of their business.  Read more

Bank Fraud – Make sure you are protected

Criminals are devising ever more sophisticated ways to commit bank fraud, with incidents of  authorised push payment (APP) scams on the rise.

When payments have been authorised by customers, banks and financial institutions are not generally liable to make refunds, even where the customer has been tricked into paying the wrong recipient. Read more

MTB’s Charity Pub Challenge raises £1,560 for Friends of the Cancer Centre

On 13th October 2017 MTB held their annual ‘Charity Pub Challenge’ to raise funds for our chosen charity for 2017, Friends of the Cancer Centre.

This highly enjoyable event, now in its third year, is fast becoming one of the highlights of the year for MTB and their clients. Read more

MTB Partner Colin Mitchell elected to the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland

We are delighted to announce that our Partner, Colin Mitchell, has been elected to the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

Colin is a former chair of  the Belfast Solicitors’ Association and has long been a forceful advocate on behalf of the solicitors’ profession in Northern Ireland. Read more

Priti Patel – did she resign before she was sacked?

The UK International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, resigned from her position on Wednesday amid controversy over her unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials.

Whilst Ms Patel apologised on Monday for undisclosed meetings held whilst on a trip to Israel it transpired that she had further meetings after her return from Israel that she also failed to disclose. Read more

MTB Solicitors ranked in Chambers and in Legal 500

MTB solicitors have, once again, been recognised as experts in their field. Viv Harty and Stephen Clarke (Personal Injury), Colin Mitchell (Litigation), Ernie Telford (Clinical Negligence), John McShane (Employment) and Aleric Turtle (Real Estate) have all been ranked in Chambers and in Legal 500 as leaders in their respective practice areas. Read more

#MeToo

In the wake of the allegations of widespread sexual harassment and assault of numerous women by Harvey Weinstein, the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace has once again come to the fore.

One could be forgiven for assuming that gender equality is pretty much a given in 2017 but, sadly, this is far from the case. Read more

MTB in the news again!!

MTB Consultant, Ernie Waterworth, has lodged complaints against the PSNI, on behalf of his clients, for misconduct in public office and for criminality that could amount to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The complaints focus on concerns about how the PSNI conducted an investigation into allegations of bribery and fraud in the awarding of PSNI vehicle contracts in 2014. Read more

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

MTB acted for a Plaintiff in a recent case against the PSNI which dealt with allegations of sexual harassment including unwanted touching which occurred at stations in Londonderry/Derry between 2009 and 2012.

John McShane, Partner at MTB,  commented “this case was successfully resolved following intensive negotiations and we are pleased that our client can now put this unfortunate period in her life behind her ”. Read more

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MTB attend NIPSA Information Events

McCartan Turkington Breen were delighted to be asked to attend two NIPSA Information Events in James House in Belfast and Waterside House in Derry. Harry McAleese attended both events along with other NIPSA service providers to engage with NIPSA members. Read more

Another Area We’ve Got Covered!

Congratulations to our Private Client Partner Marie-Anne McVeigh

One of our Private Client Partners, Marie-Anne McVeigh has recently undertaken a further two STEP exams. STEP stands for the “Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners” and Marie-Anne is currently undertaking a diploma in Trust and Estate Planning. Read more

Redundancy – What can employers learn from the collapse of Monarch?

We have seen in the news how nearly 1800 employees of the airline Monarch have been made redundant following the collapse of the company. According to the news, unions acting on behalf of the staff have expressed concerns regarding the handling of the redundancy process and it remains to be seen whether Tribunal proceedings will be issued against Monarch for their alleged failings. Read more

Court Resolves Artificial Sports Pitch Dispute

In handing down his judgment in the case of Bernard Sports Surfaces Ltd-v- Astrosoccer4u Ltd http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/TCC/2017/2425.html, Mr Justice Coulson criticised the way in which national firm Keystone Law had dealt with a Claimant who had rightfully secured a judgment against their client. Read more

Manchester City player Sergio Aguero injured in Amsterdam collision

It has been reported by the BBC today that Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero was injured when the taxi he was travelling in was involved in a collision. Sergio Aguero: Manchester City striker injured in Amsterdam accident

Our roads’ network is getting progressively busier and so the chances of any of us being involved in a collision are also rising. Read more

Thousands Affected by Ryanair Cancellation Chaos Entitled to Redress

After the announcement earlier this month that Ryanair had cancelled 2,100 flights due to an anticipated shortage of flight crew, the airline has now announced that a further 18,000 flights, scheduled from November to March, are to be cancelled. Read more

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