Case Blog

'Hard' Brexit could hit NI Legal Profession

On 24th and 25th May the International Bar Association hosted their annual Bar Leaders’ Conference in Belfast.  The event brought together delegates from around the world to discuss the latest developments affecting the legal profession today.  One topic of discussion was the opportunities and challenges Brexit could bring to the legal profession.  Norville Connolly, Council Member of the Law Society NI, said that Brexit was a significant issue for the profession.  He commented

Local Developments

Legal action threatened over Labour NI candidate ban

The vice-chairman of the Labour Party NI has written to the Labour Party’s London headquarters threatening legal action over its refusal to stand local candidates in the forthcoming 8th June general election.  Solicitors acting for Damian Harris claim the ban is discriminatory and contrary to human rights legislation. 

Other Public Interest Cases

Court of Appeal upholds decision on criminal records disclosure scheme

R (o.t.a P & others) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department & others [2017] EWCA Civ 321

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has upheld an earlier ruling that the criminal records disclosure scheme was disproportionate and in breach of privacy rights under Article 8 ECHR

Prisoners' Rights

Families of suicide victims lose judicial review

Families of suicide victims lose judicial review over their prison deaths


The relatives of two inmates who committed suicide in HMP Woodhill last July have lost their English High Court case calling for action to protect prisoners. 

Prisoners' Rights, Suicide

Newly qualified teacher scheme unlawful

   Newly qualified teacher scheme lawful


The Department of Education’s ‘Investing in the Teaching Workforce’ programme will go ahead as planned after a legal challenge was rejected at the High Court. 

The programme aimed to allow up to 120 teachers over the age of 55 to retire early in 2016/17.  They would be replaced by newly qualified teachers who had graduated since 2012.

Employment Law, Local Developments

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