Pension scams – beware!

In today’s Irish News our Partner, Andrew Morrow, advises caution to anyone who has received advice to transfer their ‘safe’ pension into a high-risk investment.

http://www.irishnews.com/paywall/tsb/irishnews/irishnews/irishnews//business/2018/11/27/news/avoid-pension-unlocking-and-mis-selling-scams-1493771/content.html

If you have been advised to access your pension before the age of 55 and/or you have been advised to transfer your pension fund into a high-risk investment, you may have been negligently advised. Read more

Mental health in the workplace – let’s talk about it

‘STEP Challenge’, ‘Bike to work’ and ‘workplace sports teams’ are all well known workplace initiatives, designed to improve and look after our physical health at work. But what about our mental health?

Earlier this week some of the UK’s biggest businesses and law firms, including Royal Mail, PWC and WHSmith, signed an open letter in the Sunday Telegraph urging for changes in the law to give mental health the same status as physical health. Read more

Financial fraud – beware!

Diligent staff in an Ulster Bank branch in Armagh recently foiled an attempt to defraud an elderly customer of £20,000. Fraudsters, posing as BT, preyed on the elderly woman after she had agreed over the phone to have her WIFI “fixed”.  Read more

Assaults on Public Transport

Translink has recently released statistics to highlight that its staff and passengers were assaulted 115 times in the first eight months of 2018,

Figures made available to BBC News NI recorded 69 physical attacks, including sexual assault and there were also 46 incidents of people being verbally threatened or abused

Almost 700 incidents have been recorded in the past five years. Read more

NI Chamber of Commerce Event “Protecting Your Crown Jewels”

 

Last week, I attended the “Protecting Your Crown Jewels” event organised by the NI Chamber of Commerce at Hillsborough Castle. As obvious as it sounds, it means businesses need to be looked after.

How can we do this? Read more

Penalty points – do you know your limits?

Penalty points are a concern to all drivers but new drivers must be extremely careful given that their licence will be cancelled (revoked) if they get 6 or more penalty points within 2 years of passing their test. Read more

Head lad awarded damages in injury claim against racehorse trainer

 

A man who suffered serious injuries after being thrown off a horse while he was working at a farm in Cork has been awarded €77,345 in the High Court by Mr Justice Barton.

His employer was found to have been negligent due to his decision to park his tractor in a location which was likely to spook the horses as they passed. Read more

Ernie Telford and Viv Harty sponsor Queen’s travel bursaries

MTB Solicitors are proud to be connected with the School of Law at Queen’s. These bursaries were set up in 2015 by MTB’s Ernie Telford and Viv Harty, both graduates of Queen’s. The bursaries are awarded to the two ‘Law with a Language’ students achieving the highest marks in year two summer exams to support their Year 3 placement abroad. Read more

Huge win for MTB’s clients as Tribunal rules PSNI owes £30m in outstanding holiday pay

A class action brought by officers and civilian staff has resulted in a ruling that unlawful deductions made from their holiday pay entitlements were in breach of fundamental human rights.

Our Employment Partner, John McShane, was lead solicitor on the case, representing 9 of the 11 police officers, for whom the Chief Constable George Hamilton is answerable, and the two civilian staff claimants, for whom the Police Authority is answerable. Read more

MTB are once again ranked in Chambers and in Legal 500

Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 are publications which research lawyers and law firms in over 185 jurisdictions globally. They rank the best lawyers and law firms based on several factors and considerations. We, at MTB, are proud to announce that we have once again been recognised as leaders in various areas of law by these prestigious directories. Read more

Mis-sold tax avoidance schemes – what you can do

Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes.

But what if you were told that there was a way to avoid that huge tax bill? In today’s Irish News our Partner, Andrew Morrow, looks at the financial problems many individuals are facing after having been advised to invest in seemingly plausible ventures, which offered substantial returns and attractive tax breaks, only to now find themselves facing huge bills from HMRC. Read more

WANTED: Conveyancing Solicitor

We are currently looking for a Conveyancing Solicitor with a minimum of 5 years PQE to join our expanding practice.

This is an excellent opportunity for a Conveyancing Solicitor to handle a full caseload of residential matters and to assist in commercial transactions. Read more

MIB liable in ‘off road’ accident

In a recent case of Lewis v Tinsdale and the Motor Insurers Bureau [2018] EWHC 2376 (QB) the High Court ruled that the Motor Insurance Bureau is obliged to indemnify a plaintiff who was injured by an ‘off road’ vehicle on private land. Read more

Supreme Court Allow Appeal Against NHS Trust For A&E Receptionist’s Breach of Duty re Waiting Times

Earlier this month the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgement in Darnley (Appellant) v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust (Respondent) . https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2017-0070-judgment.pdf

In this case, the appellant, Mr Darnley attended the Accident & Emergency Department of Mayday Hospital in Croydon. Read more

MTB team takes part in WE Charity cycle

What could be better than a beautiful sunny day and a cycle along the coast of the Ards Peninsula with the promise of a good lunch and on a work day to boot? The weather was superb as three intrepid MTB riders, Viv Harty, Kay Collins and Enda Lavery in the company of dozens of other cyclists set out to take part in the WE charity cycle. Read more

Farewell Ernie Waterworth!

 

Last week we bid a fond farewell to one of our team, Ernie Waterworth. Ernie has been with MTB Solicitors since 2001 and has now decided to hang up his hat and enter the world of retirement. Read more

MTB’s Colin Mitchell and Dianne Wong attend Dalian Summit in China

MTB’s Colin Mitchell and Dianne Wong are attending the 4th UK-China Regional Leaders’ Summit in Dalian, China this week. The purpose of the Summit is to discuss and develop regional co-operation between China, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Northern Powerhouse. Read more

In the Spotlight!

 

One of our Partners, Marie-Anne McVeigh, is featured in the Irish News Business section of today’s paper. Marie-Anne has recently taken over the reins from her father, Gerry McVeigh, who has now officially retired from the firm. Read more

Age Discrimination

An Industrial Tribunal has found that a 63 year old man from Antrim was discriminated against because of his age when trying to apply for a position with Spring and Airbrake Ireland Limited in Nutts Corner, Co.Antrim. Read more

Setanta Insurance –end of the line?

It has been reported that 21 millon euros are to be paid to motorists caught up in the collapse of Setanta Insurance.

The Maltese based company collapsed in 2014 as they were unable to pay for claims made against their policyholders. Read more