Huw Worthington is the Senior partner of Worthingtons and heads up the Private Client Department.
He was born in Welshpool and educated at Caerphilly Boys Grammar and the University of Warwick.
After several years in financial services he qualified as a Solicitor in 1990 and was a Co-founder of Worthingtons in November 2003.
Huw is a Member of the Trust and Estate Practitioners Society and runs a Legal column in a Regional newspaper.
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Ciaran is a Partner in Worthingtons Solicitors, Belfast and heads the Litigation Department.
Educated at Queens University Belfast, he qualified as a Solicitor in 1993.
Ciaran regularly advises and represents both private and commercial clients in relation to general litigation matters, including contractual disputes, adjudications, commercial debt recovery, and land & boundary disputes.
He oversees the expanding Clinical Negligence and Judicial review Departments for the firm, and has advised a number of Councils and Companies in relation to the defence of Health & Safety prosecutions.
He is responsible for the firm's IT and for the growing number of IT related legal enquiries.
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Nikki graduated with an Honours law degree from Dundee University and trained with a large Northern Irish firm before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1998. She is a founding Partner of Worthingtons and heads the Litigation Department in the Newtownards Office.
Nikki has considerable experience of representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in a wide variety of litigious matters including Public and Employers Liability cases, Road Traffic Accidents and Medical Negligence actions. She has particular expertise in handling significant brain and head injury cases and has a special interest in Educational Law.
She also heads the Criminal Law Department and represents private clients in all types of Criminal matters, as well as Local Councils in the Defence of Health & Safety Prosecutions.
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Maxine Orr is a Partner in Worthingtons Commercial Solicitors, Belfast where she heads up the Employment Law Team.
Maxine graduated from Queen's University 1997 and qualified as a solicitor in 1999. She advises and represents employers and senior executives both in the public and private sector on all aspects of employment law. A regular speaker and writer on all employment law matters and well-respected for her commercially sound and practical approach. Maxine is also an accredited Mediator and a tutor in Employment Law at Queen's University Institute of Professional Legal Studies.
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Clare graduated from QUB with an honours law degree in 1999, qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and was made a partner in 2007. Clare heads our matrimonial, family and childcare department and has extensive experience in this area. She deals with all aspects of separation and divorce, financial settlements, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation issues, civil partnerships, domestic violence proceedings, Children Order matters, and care, adoption and wardship issues.
Clare is an accredited member of the Children Order panel, a select group of legal advisors who are approved to represent children in specified proceedings.
She is also trained and qualified to practise collaborative law, a system designed to assist couples in seeking a resolution of their matrimonial issues without resorting to going to court.
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Louise is a Partner within the Employment Law Team at Worthingtons, Belfast Office. She graduated with LLB Honours from Queen's University Belfast in 2002 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2004. She specialises in Employment law and debt recovery and is a member of the Northern Ireland Employment Lawyer's Group.
Louise has twelve years post qualification experience in employment law litigation and works closely with employers across the public, private and third sectors providing practical advice and assistance in respect of the application of their internal procedures to individual employee cases and further providing advice and representation in respect of the defence of all categories of employment claims before the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals and the civil courts.
She regularly advices on restructuring issues including individual and collective redundancies and the application and implication of TUPE. She has particular skill and experience in guiding clients in relation to drafting and varying contracts of employment and company policies and handbooks; managing complex grievance and disciplinary cases and providing representation in cases involving public interest disclosure detriment and dismissal and unlawful victimisation generally.
She writes regular updates on employment law developments for both the Ulster Business and the Legal Island Email Update service. She also speaks at Seminars and provides in-house training for clients.
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Graham Pierce is a partner in Worthingtons Solictors, Belfast and is a member of the Commercial Property Team. After qualifying and becoming a partner with L’Estrange & Brett and latterly with international firm Pinsent Masons, Graham joined Worthingtons in 2013. Graham is well known in Northern Irish commercial property circles and has been consistently ranked as a leading individual in the area of commercial property law in Chambers Guide.
Graham has over twenty years experience in Northern Irish commercial property matters, and in that time has been involved in some of the country’s most high profile property and corporate deals. Graham acts for a number of household name property companies and retailers and his practice spans the full range of commercial property practice including landlord and tenant, investment acquisitions and sales, coastal and off-shore renewable energy projects, and business sales and acquisitions with significant property elements.
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Catherine graduated from Queen's University, Belfast with LLB (Hons) in 2006 and qualified as a solicitor in 2011. She worked in a city centre law firm from 2008 and joined Worthingtons in 2018. She advises in all aspects of charity, corporate and commercial law and represents businesses, charities, housing associations, social enterprises and schools.
Catherine advises charity trustees, company directors and committee members and supports their senior management teams. She advises business owners in all matters including shareholder agreements, setting up a company, contracts and buying and selling businesses. Catherine has been ranked in Chambers for the last two years in Charity Law in Northern Ireland and regularly delivers board training to charity trustees and directors. Catherine has an excellent reputation for her comprehensive expertise in charity law with a high level of technical knowledge.
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Celia Worthington is a consultant to the practice providing guidance and support to the commercial, corporate and charity teams.
Celia has over 30 years’ experience in advising business owners in all matters including the legal aspects of business set up, buying and selling businesses, investment and shareholder agreements and distribution and franchise agreements. Celia has advised on numerous joint ventures, corporate finance transactions, acquisitions and management buy outs and advised on all legal aspects for the Obel, a major commercial/residential landmark development in Belfast. Celia also advises charities in all aspects of charity law, sits as a trustee on the board of two local charities and was awarded a Royal Patron’s award in 2013 in connection with her involvement at board level on a local housing association. Celia is noted as a recognised practitioner in charities law in Chambers UK 2018 ratings.
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Niall qualified as a Solicitor in September 2008 with Worthingtons, practising predominantly within the Employment Law Team. He advises both public and private sector organisations in contentious and non-contentious areas of law. Niall also advises employees in relation to workplace disputes and has represented clients at Tribunal in unfair dismissal, redundancy, fair employment and discrimination claims.
Niall achieves excellent results for clients and has a keen interest in Public Interest Disclosure and negligent misstatement claims. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Group and recently joined the Employment Lawyers Association.
He writes articles on employment matters, having published a number of articles in the Belfast Telegraph.
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Claire is an Associate Partner in the Litigation Department of Worthingtons Solicitors, based in the Belfast office.
Claire graduated from Queens University with an LLB Honours in July 2007 and joined Worthingtons as an apprentice in September 2007. She qualified as a solicitor in September 2009.
Claire specialises mainly in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation, acting for Plaintiffs in such actions in both the County Court and High Court. Claire has a particular interest in birth injuries caused to both mother and child at the time of delivery. Claire is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Law Society Clinical Negligence Practitioners Group.
Claire also undertakes Commercial and Chancery work, and has acted for a number of clients in relation to building disputes against both architects and building contractors as well as boundary and land disputes.
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Jonathan worked as a paralegal for several years while studying part time for his law degree. Following admission to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, he qualified as a Solicitor in September.
Jonathan specialises in personal injury litigation, including asbestos related disease claims, clinical negligence and road traffic accidents. He also has a keen interest in Criminal Law, and represents clients in both the Magistrates' Court and Crown Court.
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Originally from Portstewart on the North Coast, Brian studied law in Nottingham before returning home to Northern Ireland in 2006.
Since joining Worthingtons in January 2007, Brian worked as a paralegal in our Newtownards office before gaining admission to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.
He qualified as a Solicitor in September 2010 and is currently working in our Belfast office litigation department, where he specialises in general litigation; land, property and contract disputes; defence of criminal prosecutions for both companies and individuals & disputes involving public law/human rights issues. Brian has a keen interest in Judicial Review.
Outside of work, Brian is a keen golfer, enjoys attending the gym and is involved with church and community work.
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Toni graduated from the University of Ulster in 2007 with a degree in Law and Government and commenced employment with Worthingtons Solicitors in July 2007.
Toni qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 and works in the Employment Department of our Belfast office, advising on all aspects of employment law and acting primarily for employers, in both the public and private sector, in the defence of Industrial Tribunals and Fair Employment Tribunal claims. Toni is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Group.
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Chris graduated from Queens’ University Belfast with a degree in Law in 2008 and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Criminal Justice in 2009.
Following attendance at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Chris originally qualified as a Barrister in 2010 and practiced for 5 years. At the institute he received a JPB Maxwell Scholarship for placing 3rd in the Barrister course, he also received the Williamson Trust Prize for obtaining the highest mark in the exit exam and the Diageo Prize for licensing. He intends to be qualified as a Solicitor in January 2017.
Chris will be assisting with general and commercial litigation and applications for judicial review. He has specific experience of judicial review, High Court litigation against public authorities involving legacy issues and inquest proceedings.
As of September 2015, Chris is also a Lay Representative of the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency.
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Michael is a Solicitor in the Commercial Property Department with experience in Acquisitions and Disposals, Commercial Leases, Agricultural matters, Residential Conveyancing and Secured Lending.
Originally from Enniskillen, Michael studied Law at Queens University Belfast. He then completed his Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School and trained and qualified as a Solicitor in England. Michael returned home to Northern Ireland in 2014 and joined Worthingtons in May 2015.
Michael is admitted to both the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Law Society of England and Wales.
Outside of work Michael enjoys most sports especially football (being a lifelong Manchester United fan), boxing and running.
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Naomi graduated from the University of Ulster in 2009 with a degree in Law and Government. She also holds a Diploma in Area Studies, which was achieved through a period of studying at McKendree University, Illinois, USA.
Since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2011, Naomi has chosen to specialise exclusively in the practise of family law, representing clients throughout Northern Ireland and internationally in a range of family matters.
She has a particular interest in private and public law proceedings, Wardship proceedings, child abduction and Hague Convention proceedings. She provides advice and assistance on all matters following the breakdown of a relationship to include financial settlements, child and spousal maintenance issues, separation and divorce proceedings, custody disputes, children order matters, domestic violence issues including non molestation, occupation orders and civil injunctions, as well as advice on pre and post nuptial agreements.
Naomi is a member of the Children Order Panel, a panel of Solicitors who are accredited and approved by the Northern Ireland Law Society. She is an approved solicitor on the International Children Law Panel and is also a Solicitor Advocate.
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Janeen graduated from Queens University Belfast, with an Honours Degree in Law in 2004 and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Chester. Janeen qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in June 2011.
Janeen joined the Property Department of the Newtownards Office in February 2017, having previously worked in another local practice for over 12 years.
Janeen specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing to include: - sales, purchases, NI Co-Ownership purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity.
John joined Worthingtons in 2016 from a large UK-wide firm where he gained three years’ experience as an Employment Solicitor based in Belfast.
John has considerable expertise in both contentious and non-contentious employment law work, focusing now on bringing and defending tribunal proceedings in Northern Ireland. As well as providing practical day-to-day advice on employment and HR issues in the workplace, John also has recent experience advising on employment issues arising in the context of corporate/property transactions.
Similarly to other members of the team, John has written articles on employment law issues for the local press and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Group in Northern Ireland.
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Rachel graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2010 with a Degree in Law and was awarded the McKane Medal and Scholarship for Jurisprudence. Thereafter, she continued her studies at Queens and obtained a Masters in Human Rights Law in 2012.
Rachel attended the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and qualified as a solicitor in September 2015. Rachel completed her apprenticeship in a General Practice in the Mid Ulster area and specialised in residential and commercial transactions and adverse possession applications. Rachel also gained experience in Chancery litigation, predominantly acting for clients in relation to land and boundary disputes.
Rachel joined Worthingtons in April 2016 and works within the Commercial Department of the Belfast office.
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Katie graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a degree in Law with French in 2012, having spent a year studying abroad in Bordeaux. Katie commenced employment with Worthingtons in June 2012 and gained pre-qualification experience working as a Legal Executive within the Employment Department, before going on to complete her training contract with the firm.
Katie attended the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in 2015 and upon graduation was awarded prizes for attaining the highest marks in the Practice Management and Administration of Estates exams. Katie was also awarded third place in the Belfast Solicitors Association prizes. These prizes are awarded annually to the three solicitor trainees who attain the highest average marks in the examinations leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies.
Katie qualified as a solicitor in 2016 and joined the Employment Department of our Belfast office. She has experience acting for both employees and employers in a wide range of employment law disputes to include unfair dismissal, redundancy and discrimination complaints before the Industrial Tribunal and the Fair Employment Tribunal. She is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Group and regularly writes articles on employment law related issues for the Belfast Telegraph.
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Emily graduated from Queen’s University of Belfast with a first class degree in Law in 2012, having obtained the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Prize, and the Excellence for the Future Award for her studies in the field of international criminal law from Washington University of St Louis in Missouri, whilst completing an exchange semester.
Emily commenced employment with Worthingtons Solicitors in October 2012 as a legal executive within our employment department, acting for both employees and employers in the pursuit/defence of Industrial Tribunal, and Fair Employment Tribunal proceedings for Unfair Dismissal, Constructive Dismissal, Equal Pay, and Discrimination claims, prior to her admission into the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in September 2014. Having completed her seat in Employment, Emily transferred to our Litigation Department.
Emily qualified as a solicitor in September 2016 and works within the litigation department in our Belfast office, specialising predominantly in commercial litigation and advising businesses on debt recovery and the content of their terms and conditions. She also pursues claims for educational negligence on behalf of parents in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and judicial review forums, as well as litigating public law, personal injury and property dispute cases.
Outside of work Emily enjoys running, having completed her first marathon in Belfast in 2015, and has recently taken up kickboxing.
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Michael graduated from Queen’s University of Belfast with a degree in Law in 2011, before commencing employment as a Paralegal with the property department of a commercial law firm in Belfast.
With a background in residential disposals and single wind turbine projects, Michael joined Worthingtons Solicitors in August 2016 and has been assisting our property teams in a number of residential and commercial transactions.
Michael commenced his training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in September 2016 and hopes to qualify as a Solicitor in September 2018.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys most sports and plays rugby for Lisburn RFC 1st XV.
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Amy graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2015 with a degree in Law and was awarded the Stanley Maurice Austin Prize for constitutional law. Thereafter, she continued her studies at Queen’s, undertaking a Masters in Legislative Studies and Practice and is due to graduate in December 2016. During her postgraduate studies she interned at the Northern Ireland Assembly, working as an Assistant Assembly Clerk to the Committee for Employment and Learning.
Amy works within the Commercial Department and is based in the Belfast office. She commenced her training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in September 2016 and will qualify as a solicitor in September 2018.
Outside of work, Amy enjoys working with children and young people and is a youth leader in her local church.
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Sancha graduated with a degree in Law from Queens University Belfast in 2017.
Sancha joined Worthingtons Solicitors as a legal executive in July 2017.
Sancha began her training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in September 2017 and hopes to qualify as a solicitor in September 2019.
Outside of work Sancha enjoys keeping fit and healthy. She also enjoys travelling and baking in her spare time.
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Sarah graduated from Queen’s University of Belfast with a degree in Law in 2017
Sarah joined Worthingtons 3 months prior to Training Contract in the Conveyancing department and was one of our summer Students for past 2 years
Outside of work, enjoys volunteering/travelling to new countries and spent time in an elephant conservation centre in Laos in 2016
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Amy graduated from the University of Dundee in 2016 with a degree in Law. She commenced employment as a paralegal within a large Northern Irish firm assisting in the property department and specialising in residential property purchases, sales and re-mortgages.
She joined Worthington’s in March 2017 as a Legal Executive assisting in the Family and Matrimonial department. She commenced her training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in September 2017 and hopes to qualify as a solicitor in September 2018.
Outside of work Amy plays for her local netball club and regularly attends the gym.
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