Police Held Liable for Investigative Failures

In a Supreme Court Judgement handed down on 21st February 2018 it was held that the police were liable to pay compensation to two of the victims of John Worboys, the London black cab driver convicted of numerous sexual offences from 2003-2007. Read more

Gig Economy: Overhaul of Employment Rights

The government has promised changes to employment rights for millions of workers, including holiday and sick pay rights. Many part-time and flexible employees, e.g Uber drivers, will now be classified as workers and the reforms will ensure that these individuals will know exactly what they are entitled to when they start working for a company! Read more

Lisburn coffee firm in joint venture with Chinese business group

Lisburn-based firm Pure Roast Coffee has reached a deal with China Resources, one of China’s biggest business groups, that will see it develop the company’s coffee business across China.

Martin Symington, managing director of Pure Roast Coffee, said “It is an immensely exciting development for us… a tremendous showcase of our premium coffee in China, now the world’s most dynamic marketplace, a market with a rapidly developing coffee culture.”

Mr Symington acknowledged that it took a lot of hard work to get the deal done. Read more

Divorce can unleash pet custody battles

Pets can be a source of huge emotional value. They are often described as being “a member of the family”. What happens, however, when that family splits up. Who gets the pet?

The court considers a pet as a chattel in the same way as it would a car or an expensive painting. Read more

St. Valentine’s day divorce?

So, Valentines Day is over for another year. Romantic meals, a dozen roses and boxes of chocolates were the order of the day but, unfortunately for some, love was not in the air!

Last year Mrs Tini Owens, 66 sought the Court of Appeal to accept her petition for divorce grounded on the unreasonable behaviour of her husband. Read more

NI CHEST HEART AND STROKE CAKE SALE

Well, you can’t be healthy all the time, right?

    

Today we held a valentine’s day cake sale in aid of NI Chest Heart and Stroke. There was an abundance of sugary delights and we gave it our best shot at getting through it all before the end of the day. Read more

Equal Pay – know your rights

Equal pay is the right for men and women to be paid the same when doing the same, or equivalent, work. It’s the law, and if you are an employer you must observe it. This applies not only to salary, but to all contractual terms and conditions of employment, such as holiday entitlement, bonuses, pay and reward schemes, pension payments and other benefits. Read more

Flight delay? Get compensation today!

Have you ever missed a meeting or had a holiday ruined due to a lengthy flight delay?

Unfortunately this could become an even more regular occurrence after leading low budget airline Ryanair announced on Wednesday that there are likely to be even more flight disruptions in the near future as a result of increasing recognition of workers unions. Read more

Alcohol and Holiday Accidents – Will My Insurance Cover Me?

With the January blues behind us, booking a summer holiday is the next port of call for many. The proverbial dream of sunny skies, sandy beaches and cocktails by the pool can keep us motivated for the next few months. Read more

SETANTA INSURANCE UPDATE

It’s good news for third party claimants caught up in the long running saga involving Setanta Insurance.  The Minister for Finance has this week said that the State will ensure that third party claimants affected by the collapse of Setanta Insurance are compensated in full. Read more

Potholes cost the Department £495m in compensation

The weather at this time of year can make for beautiful scenery but the repeated freezing and thawing of water in cracks and holes in our road network causes potholes to appear.  Given the recent bad spell of wintery weather these potholes have become all too apparent across the roads network. Read more

Asbestos – have you been affected?

Asbestos was used widely in the past as an insulating product. It was used extensively in the shipyard, in power stations and in a number of factories and schools.

If products containing asbestos are disturbed tiny asbestos fibres are released into the air. Read more

MTB Solicitors join MASS – Motor Accident Solicitors’ Society

MTB are delighted to announce that they have been accepted for membership by the Motor Accident Solicitors’ Society (MASS).

MASS promotes the highest standards of Legal Services through education and representation in the pursuit of justice for the victims of road traffic accidents. Read more

MTB SOLICITORS AND ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER INSURANCE BROKERS JOINTLY HOST BREAKFAST SEMINAR

On Tuesday 23rd January MTB Solicitors jointly hosted a breakfast seminar with Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers. The seminar took place at Belvoir Park Golf Club and the hot topics were GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) and cyber-crime. Read more

Jointly owned property and “the 4 Ds”

When you are buying your new home with your partner the future looks rosy and it can be tempting to believe that nothing will ever come between you. However, you are making a serious financial and legal commitment.  Read more

2018 – MTB SOLICITORS PROUD TO SUPPORT NORTHERN IRELAND CHEST HEART AND STROKE

MTB are proud to announce that they will be  supporting local charity NI Chest Heart and Stroke for 2018.

Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke is a fantastic local charity which aims to prevent chest, heart and stroke illnesses in Northern Ireland and care for those affected by them. Read more

MTB’s year of fundraising for Friends of the Cancer Centre

Over the last 12 months, everyone at McCartan Turkington Breen has joined together to help raise £5,220-97 in support of local cancer patients and their families. We received a lovely email of thanks from Friends of the Cancer Centre….have a read! Read more

MTB’s 2017 in a nutshell !!!

 

As 2017 draws to a close we look back on what has been a busy and exciting year.

We welcomed two new staff members to our professional team in January 2017. Kay Collins was appointed practice manager and Christopher Williams joined the private client team as a solicitor.  Read more

MTB supports Friends of the Cancer Centre this Christmas

Christmas is such a heart-warming and fun-filled time of year. Everyone looks forward to putting the Christmas tree up, not needing an excuse to eat as many chocolates as possible and spending some quality time with family and friends. Read more

E-Cyclists Beware!

Traffic congestion is a problem in modern city life that seems to get worse as the years pass and commuting populations increase. It is a particular issue in Belfast which was voted as the UK’s most congested city earlier this year, and the 18th most congested city in the world! Read more