MTB 2019 – Our Year in Review
MTB Solicitors experienced another successful year in 2019. We’ve enjoyed reflecting on some of our highlights in compiling our “Year in Review”:
The year began with a positive outcome for a difficult and emotive case. MTB solicitor, Harry McAleese, secured a £5million settlement for the family of a six-year-old boy who developed severe cerebral palsy as a result of complications at the time of his birth at Altnagelvin Hospital in 2012. The Western Health and Social Care Trust accepted liability in this matter and the settlement will enable them to provide the necessary support and comfort for their child.
Harry specialises in these types of matters and is well-known for his expertise in the area.
In February we announced our chosen charity partner for the year – the NSPCC.
Fundraising kicked-off with a Valentine’s Day cake sale and a “Name the Bear” competition. After an (apparently) independent draw, Malcolm Irvine, husband of partner Marie-Anne McVeigh, won the right to name the bear and chose the name Claudius. NSPCC was delighted with our debut event which raised £455.00 for this worthy cause.
Our partner, Colin Mitchell, joined the judging panel of the Client Consultation Competition 2019 – a competition which gives law students and trainees an opportunity to test their client communication skills in various scenarios. MTB prides itself in investing in the new generation of lawyers and will continue to do so.
In March, our Probate Department held various seminars for NIPSA members over a two-week period to emphasise the importance of making pre-retirement considerations with regard to their financial futures. Educating people and empowering them to make knowledgeable decisions regarding their future is important to our firm.
The annual conference of the Law Society of Northern Ireland took place at the end of March. Viv Harty, Colin Mitchell and Enda Lavery from MTB Solicitors travelled to Bordeaux with colleagues from across the province. It’s a hard life for some!
We were also delighted to participate in the First 100 Years Project, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of females joining the legal profession.
In April, we were proud to announce a three year partnership with the Northern Cricket Union’s (“NCU”) flagship provincial team, The Northern Knights.
“We don’t like cricket, we love it”!
On a sunny afternoon in May, MTB Solicitors was pleased to participate in the organisation of the annual Law Society Walk/Run 2019 by offering our staff car park as the registration site. Our Partner, Marie-Anne McVeigh, was the third woman across the line and (sickeningly) looked like she was only warming up!
The Belfast Solicitor’s Association Gala Dinner was held in June in aid of NI Chest Heart and Stroke. MTB Solicitors was delighted to take a table and support this very worthy charity. Of course, it was also a great excuse to get dressed up and have some fun!
Our Employment Department secured a landmark result at the Court of Appeal, having successfully challenged an appeal against an important Employment Tribunal decision which held that unlawful deductions from holiday pay entitlements are in breach of fundamental rights protected under EU Law. The initial decision, estimated to result in a total award of £30million, was affirmed. We are all very proud of our Employment Partner, John McShane, and commend his hard work and commitment to this case.
The annual NIYSA Tag Rugby Tournament was held in July. Our team, “The Leagles”, narrowly missed out on the top spot but our consolation prize was our solicitor, Harry McAleese, being crowned Man of the Match.
Golf fever hit the north coast in July when the 148th British Open Championship was staged in Portrush. MTB was delighted to sponsor England’s Andrew Wilson, who finished T32 with a very respectable score of 1 over par.
MTB was honoured to participate in the Captain’s and Lady Captain’s charity day at Balmoral Golf Club in aid of local charity, Addiction NI. Marie-Anne McVeigh and Brian Turkington were part of a fourball which won first prize, together with guests and part-time golfers John Magee of Aubrey Campbell Accountants and Will Miscampbell of Fetherston Clements Estate Agents. It is all about the taking part… but winning makes it more fun!
September saw two of our Apprentice Solicitors, Amber Newell and Colleen Lanigan, qualify as Solicitors.
We continued our support for NSPCC in September by hosting a “Back to School” quiz and by taking part in the Expleo Cycling event.
In October, Chambers and Partners once again affirmed MTB partners as experts in their respective fields. Chambers and Partners has been the leading source of legal market intelligence for over 30 years. We welcome this recognition, especially as the recommendations come directly from our clients.
In November, Viv Harty, Aleric Turtle, Andrew Morrow, Enda Lavery and our Practice Manager, Kay Collins, attended the Supreme Court to hear a lecture given by Lord Kerr on the impact of Northern Irish law on the Supreme Court. Lord Kerr’s engaging and thought-provoking lecture referred to one of our own cases and even name-checked our Managing Partner, Viv Harty… something he is still dining out on!
In the final month of 2019, the staff of MTB made one final push to raise funds for NSPCC. On 3rd December we held a festive Carols by Candlelight event which brought the total amount raised in 2019 to £2,762.00. In addition, staff at MTB Solicitors braved the busy shopping streets in search of items on the wishlists of children who are supported by NSPCC and these presents made their way to the children just in time for Christmas.
Two of our team celebrated milestone birthdays over the Christmas break. Our secretary, Mary Cunningham, celebrated her 50th birthday on Christmas Day and our consultant, Ernie Telford, celebrated his 70th birthday the following day. Lastly, Dianne Wilson, one of our longest serving members of staff, married her other half, Harry, on New Year’s Eve – what a way to end the year!
MTB is very lucky to have such excellent staff and clients. We thank you for all of your business in 2019 and we look forward to working with you in 2020, which is set to be an exciting start to the new decade for MTB Solicitors.