Can your employer change the terms of your contract without your agreement?

ASDA has recently been in the news after they issued its employees with an ultimatum to either accept new terms and conditions of employment or risk losing their jobs. Whilst ASDA have been in discussions with its employees and Union representatives for months in their attempts to have employees sign up to the new terms, many employees are not agreeable to the changes and consider the changes to be unfair. Read more

Sport and criminal behaviour

Whether it was Zola Budd in the 1984 Olympics who was blamed for Mary Decker’s Olympic nightmare or Roy Keane’s horrific tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland, it is well recognised that a person may be injured during the course of a sporting event, especially a contact sport such as football, rugby or indeed ice hockey.  Read more

MTB Solicitors represent Co Antrim girl in case settled for £2.5million

MTB Solicitors recently represented a 12-year-old girl from Co Antrim in an extremely sensitive case in the High Court of Northern Ireland. The child, who cannot be named, is to be awarded £2.5 million in damages for a serious brain injury which occurred shortly after her birth, leaving her profoundly disabled. Read more

MTB holds Wills & Probate Workshop for NIPSA members

MTB’s Probate Department, led by Partner Marie-Anne McVeigh, were delighted to hold a variety of seminars recently for NIPSA members which focused on the following important topics:

  • The importance of making a will and the layout of a standard will;
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney;
  • Controllership Applications;
  • Inheritance Tax;
  • Tax and Estate Planning; and
  • Nursing home fees.
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Changes in the law

The 22nd October 2019 will be remembered by many in Northern Ireland as the date abortion was decriminalised and same sex marriage was legalised.

Abortion has been decriminalised which has enabled women in Northern Ireland to terminate a pregnancy without the fear of being prosecuted.  Read more

RESPECT – NO RESPECT

 

The England soccer team recently played Bulgaria in Sofia.  Unfortunately the game was halted twice over racist abuse targeted at some English players.  This was an important match for England as it was a Euro 2020 Qualifier.  Read more

MTB Partner, Colin Mitchell, explains the NI Licensing System

MTB Partner, Colin Mitchell, has created a series of  training videos exclusively for Hospitality Ulster members. They can be found in the members section of the Hospitality Ulster website at https://hospitalityulster.org/

We would encourage all members to view Colin’s videos and to study the other extensive training materials available. Read more

MTB Solicitors ranked in Chambers and Partners in the fields of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

MTB Solicitor’s Personal Injury and Medical Negligence departments have been ranked in Chambers and Partners. Chambers and Partners has been the leading source of legal market intelligence for over 30 years.

Clients commented that our Personal Injury team’s “business acumen and industry knowledge are outstanding” and that our “response times are excellent.”

One source interviewed found our firm to be “very proactive and super efficient without losing focus or compromising results,” and added that our lawyers “really go that extra step for the client.”

At MTB we pride ourselves on our personal approach whilst providing an efficient and cost-effective service to our clients. Read more

MTB Consultant, Ernie Telford, ranked in Chambers and Partners

MTB Consultant, Ernie Telford, has been ranked in Chambers and Partners for his expertise in medical negligence. Chambers and Partners has been the leading source of legal market intelligence for over 30 years.

Chambers reports that Ernie has an eminent reputation in catastrophic brain injury cases. Read more

MTB Partner, Stephen Clarke, ranked in Chambers and Partners

MTB Partner, Stephen Clarke, has been ranked in Chambers and Partners for his expertise in the category of ‘Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant’. Chambers and Partners has been the leading source of legal market intelligence for over 30 years. Read more

MTB Partner, John McShane, ranked in Chambers and Partners

MTB Partner, John McShane, has been ranked in Chambers and Partners for his expertise in Employment Law. Chambers and Partners has been the leading source of legal market intelligence for over 30 years.

John regularly acts for employers and employees in unfair dismissal and unlawful deduction of wages claims. Read more

MTB Partner, Aleric Turtle, ranked in Chambers and Partners

MTB Partner, Aleric Turtle, has been ranked in Chambers and Partners for his expertise in Real Estate. Chambers and Partners has been the leading source of legal market intelligence for over 30 years.

Aleric heads up McCartan Turkington Breen’s property department and offers great experience in both commercial and residential real estate transactions. Read more

MTB Partner, Viv Harty, ranked in Chambers and Partners

MTB Partner, Viv Harty, has been ranked in Chambers and Partners for his expertise in the  categories of ‘Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant’ and ‘Medical Negligence’. Chambers and Partners has been the leading source of legal market intelligence for over 30 years. Read more

MTB Partner, Colin Mitchell, ranked in Chambers and Partners

MTB Partner, Colin Mitchell, has been ranked in Chambers and Partners for his expertise in Licensing Law. Chambers and Partners has been the leading source of legal market intelligence for over 30 years.

Colin received plaudits from impressed clients, who said: His interpersonal skills are exceptional. Read more

Discrimination in the Workplace

A Police Officer has been awarded over £10,000 compensation by the Employment Tribunal after it was held that the PSNI had discriminated against him for having a beard.

A new PSNI health and safety policy required male officers to be clean shaven. Read more

Landmark case on Adverse Possession

The Court of Appeal has found that repaving a forecourt is enough to obtain possession in a claim for ‘adverse possession’. The decision, in the case of Thorpe v Frank [2019] EWCA Civ 150. widens the grounds required to establish factual possession, and now means that fencing or enclosing land is no longer an absolute requirement to demonstrating possession. Read more

Pregnant Woman ‘Unfairly Dismissed’ rules Industrial Tribunal

The Industrial Tribunal in Northern Ireland has awarded a Lithuanian national £28,000 after finding that she was discriminated against for reasons connected to her pregnancy.

McGrane Nurseries Ltd, a flowers wholesaler in Co Armagh, accepted that they failed to pay Mrs Gruzdaite for her time off attending the ante natal appointments. Read more

First Impressions Count

“First impressions count”.

We all know that this is true but we may not know just how little time we have to actually make a good, lasting first impression.  There have been various time limits discussed and some say that it is the first seven seconds of meeting that the person will have formed an impression of who you are.  Read more

NSPCC – Preventing Child Abuse

MTB Solicitors nominated NSPCC as its charity for 2019.  The NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk states that one in five children in the UK have suffered from abuse or neglect.  NSPCC works to protect children today and to prevent abuse from happening tomorrow.  Read more

Copyright – can i use someone else’s photo?

We have all seen those copies of National Geographic or Time magazine with dog-ears and ripped pages that seem to adorn the corners of waiting rooms in doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries.  The waiting time is running over and you decide to flick through one of these magazines when suddenly a wonderful photograph grabs your attention.  Read more