MTB Solicitors partner with Northern Knights in new three year deal

MTB Solicitors are delighted to announce that we have been named as the main sponsor of the Northern Cricket Union’s (“NCU”) flagship provincial team, The Northern Knights.

Alan Waite, NCU Chairman, said; “We are really pleased to have secured the support of MTB Solicitors for the Northern Knights over the next three years. Read more

Easter Quiz at MTB in support of NSPCC

Ahead of the Easter break, the MTB staff took part in a charity quiz in support of the NSPCC on Wednesday 18th April.

The quizmaster, Karen Kerr from the NSPCC, had MTB staff scratching their heads over lunchtime as questions ranging from the names of Barbie’s boyfriend to the seven wonders of the ancient world put our general knowledge to the test. Read more

Victoria Square residents – are you entitled to compensation?

Last week, residents of apartments at the Victoria Square complex in Belfast were been told to vacate the building immediately for safety reasons. Apparently a structural issue was initially identified in February and, since then, there has been a process of detailed structural assessments of the building. Read more

A BLOW TO “GIG ECONOMY” FIRMS IN RELATION TO WORKER STATUS

The English Court of Appeal has refused minicab operator Addison Lee permission to appeal the decision that its cycle couriers are workers and not self employed and can therefore enjoy basic employment rights such as holiday pay. Read more

Law Society Annual Conference 2019 Bordeaux

On the 28th March Viv Harty, Colin Mitchell and Enda Lavery from MTB Solicitors travelled to Bordeaux for the annual conference of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

MTB Partner and Law Society council member Colin Mitchell comments;-

“This was a great trip. Read more

A blow to “gig economy” firms in relation to worker status

The English Court of Appeal has refused minicab operator, Addison Lee, permission to appeal the decision that its cycle couriers are workers and not self employed and can therefore enjoy basic employment rights such as holiday pay. Read more

Calling all Paralegals – MTB wants one of you!

The MTB team is looking for an enthusiastic paralegal to join the firm. The role will involve working within a number of legal areas to include civil litigation, road traffic litigation, personal injury and medical negligence. Read more

Time limits in Employment Tribunals

There is a strict 3 month time period in which to bring a claim in the Employment Tribunals. This was illustrated in a recent decision in England in which a heating engineer, who had spent the last 7 years successfully pursing a case to the Supreme Court to be described as a`worker’ and not self employed, lost his case in the Tribunal for holiday pay dating back to 2005 because he had not brought the case within 3 months of each holiday period. Read more

The Adventures of Claudius

Stop 1: Edinburgh

Our NSPCC mascot has just returned from a fun filled and busy weekend in Scotland’s bonnie capital city. Claudius explored the historic Edinburgh castle, strolled down the bustling Royal Mile and braved ghosts and ghouls in the spooky Edinburgh dungeons. Read more

New Job…New Contract…New Rules

Starting a new job can be an exciting time. It can also be a daunting time as you step into unknown territory. Having gone through an interview process you may think you know what you are signing up for, but it is hugely important to ensure that you read the Contract of Employment carefully to ensure there are no hidden surprises and to ensure that you know exactly what is expected of you. Read more

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! We were delighted to participate in the First 100 Years Project to celebrate women entering the legal profession. Read more

The Adventures of Claudius – Stop 1: Edinburgh

The Adventures of Claudius

Stop 1: Edinburgh

 

Our NSPCC mascot has just returned from a fun filled and busy weekend in Scotland’s bonnie capital city. Claudius explored the historic Edinburgh castle, strolled down the bustling Royal Mile and braved ghosts and ghouls in the spooky Edinburgh dungeons. Read more

GDPR – it’s not all about consent

A legal compliance expert has criticised many solicitors after research showed that they have provided over-cautious GDPR advice to clients. Unfortunately, many solicitors who labelled themselves “GDPR experts” incorrectly advised their clients that consent was the main basis for processing. Read more

MTB Partner, Colin Mitchell, judges Client Consultation Competition 2019

Our Partner, Colin Mitchell, was delighted to be asked to sit on the Judging Panel of the Client Consultation Competition 2019.

The competition which has been successfully run by the Law Society over the last number of years provides law students and trainees with an opportunity to test their client communication and interview skills in scenarios judged by practising and former solicitors. Read more

Health Secretary’s mission to improve safety of NHS staff at work

At the end of 2018, Matt Hancock unveiled plans to reduce the level of violence faced by NHS workers throughout the country in a new ‘zero tolerance’ policy.     Latest figures show that more than 15% of NHS workers have faced violence at work from patients, relatives, or the public in the last 12 months.  Read more

Insurance Company Not Liable for Untraced Driver

This week, five Supreme Court justices ruled in favour of a motor insurer in a case over when/if it is permissible to sue an unknown defendant. The case was the result of a 2013 road traffic accident, caused by a Nissan Micra.  Read more

MTB PROUD TO SUPPORT NSPCC FOR 2019

All of us at MTB Solicitors are delighted to have NSPCC as our chosen charity for 2019. We kicked off our fundraising yesterday with a Valentine’s Day cake sale as well as a ‘Name the Bear’ competition. Read more

Social lender UCIT paid out £12m in loans in 2018

MTB is delighted to congratulate Ulster Community Investment Trust (‘UCIT’) on the news that it lent £12m to social and community groups in 2018. UCIT is a registered charity, established in 2001 in response to decreasing grant support from government and the difficulties experienced by community organisations in accessing commercial loan facilities. Read more

Voice of the Child

In 2006 the Right Honourable Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE, Lord of Appeal in Ordinary as she then was, delivered a lecture as a guest of the Children’s Law Centre in Belfast.  Lady Hale is now the president of the Supreme Court in London.  Read more

Reports on Title are a Must!

All conveyancing practitioners should carefully consider the judgement of Colton J in the Matter of James Andrew Hickland as Personal Representative of the Estate of Margaret Jean Farren (Deceased) -v- Cormac McKeone, Formerly practising as McKeone and Company Solicitors [2018] NIQB 81. Read more