Articles & Downloads


Clare Curran

Does bad behaviour in a marriage result in a larger award to the spouse?

16 October 2018

One aspect of divorce that surprises many clients when they come to discuss a marriage breakdown is how bad behaviour on the part of their spouse, perhaps in the form of an adulterous relationship or some other form of unreasonable behaviour, is looked at specifically in terms of division of the matrimonial assets. In many scenarios, the courts take the view that such behaviour will have little to no bearing on the financial settlement, which can be difficult for a spouse, who feels wronged as a result of their partner’s conduct, to hear. Read More


Jonathan Duncan

Hearing Loss – an occupational health hazard

03 October 2018

Whilst hearing loss is often seen as an inevitable consequence of ageing, and usually merits no more than a cursory “I’m going deaf”, it should always be remembered that hearing problems can be embarrassing and cause considerable difficulties in performing day to day tasks for those affected. Read More


Michael Press

Who insures? An introduction to insurance under a commercial lease.

27 September 2018

The news headlines have been dominated by stories of the Bank Buildings engulfed in flames and at risk of collapse. The Bank Buildings was constructed in 1785, having withstood not only the 1941 Blitz but also three bomb explosions in 1975. Whilst discussions continue regarding the structural integrity of the building, Associated British Foods plc (Primark’s parent company) has confirmed that the building is covered by a policy of insurance and this should prompt property owners, landlords and tenants to consider their responsibilities when it comes to insuring their building or business premises. Read More


Catherine Cooney

Duties of charity trustees

19 September 2018

Charity trustees play an essential role in the success of charities and are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the charity. Many charity trustees are also company directors with an extra set of director duties codified in the Companies Act 2006. It is important that each trustee understands their legal duties as they are individually and collectively responsible for everything that the charity does. Read More


Celia Worthington

Are your terms certain?

13 September 2018

An essential element to any contract is certainty of terms. A recent case in the Court of Appeal, Robert Bou-Simon –v – BGC Brokers LP, highlighted the risks once again where terms to a contract were not clearly recorded in written documentation between the contracted parties. Read More


Toni Fitzgerald-Gunn

Mental Health awareness in the workplace

05 September 2018

Even with an emphasis on raising awareness and a move towards a more open dialogue about mental health in society, mental health can still, unfortunately, be seen as a “taboo” subject, which people may not feel comfortable talking about; especially with their employer, who they feel may treat them differently due to this revelation. Read More


Brian Moss

Back to School!

29 August 2018

With the new school year fast approaching, Brian Moss considers the legal rights of children with special educational needs Read More


Emily Paisley

Personal debt levels in Northern Ireland highest in the UK!

21 August 2018

The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) recent survey (Financial Lives 2017) found that personal debt levels in Northern Ireland are the highest in the UK, with adults owing £670 more than the national average. The survey also revealed that Northern Ireland also had a lower proportion of savers, with 67% of people reporting they had either no savings or less than £5,000. Read More


Michael Duffy

Recovering loss arising from a negligent survey when purchasing a property?

14 August 2018

Picture the scenario: a prospective purchaser has instructed a surveyor to prepare a report. The report shows that the property is structurally sound and the purchaser purchases the property on the strength of the survey. After moving in, the purchaser discovers defects or other adverse issues that were not revealed by the survey. Read More


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