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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Celia Worthington was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 having obtained her law degree from Warwick University followed by completion of the legal practice course at Chester. She trained with Eversheds Solicitors in their Birmingham office where she remained for four years post qualification within the corporate finance department.
Celia returned to the Province in 1989 to join one of Northern Ireland's leading practices where she remained as a partner until she joined Worthingtons as a partner in February 2006.
Celia specialises in commercial property, banking, telecoms and corporate and commercial law. She advises a number of UK wide corporate clients and well known local charities and is currently Chairperson of Abbeyfield (NI) a local housing association.
Celia is married to Huw, the firm's founding partner, and together they have three children.
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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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David read law at Queens University, Belfast, graduating in 1997 before moving to London to work for KPMG as a tax specialist. David qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and became a partner in Worthingtons in 2006.
David is a qualified solicitor in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and advises commercial and institutional clients and private investors on all aspects of commercial property. In addition, David acts for telecoms companies including 3, Orange, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere Limited as well as renewable energy companies. David has represented telecoms companies advising in many inter-operator installations including those at Dublin Convention Centre, Croke Park, Aviva Stadium, Dublin Airport and Dublin Port Tunnel. In 2011, David was appointed to represent the Irish Rugby Football Union (Ulster Branch) in connection with the redevelopment of Ravenhill Stadium.
Outside of work, David sits on the board of an opera company and has a keen interest in the arts. David is a former competitive downhill skier and continues to enjoy recreational skiing. David enjoys watching most sports except Formula 1 racing.
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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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Niall McMullan is an Associate Partner in Worthingtons Commercial Solicitors, Belfast, where he specialises in Employment Law. Niall graduated from University of Ulster in 2003 and qualified as a solicitor in 2008. Niall has a range of experience in advising large and small employers, both within the private and public sector on all aspects of employment law, pre and post legal proceedings. Niall also advises employees in relation to workplace disputes and has represented clients at tribunal in unfair dismissal, redundancy claims, fair employment, sex, disability, race and age discrimination claims. Niall has achieved some excellent results for claimants, on several occasions attaining the maximum award for unfair dismissal cases and has a keen interest in Public Interest Disclosure cases.
Niall also writes articles on employment cases and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Group in Northern Ireland.
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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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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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Sara graduated from the University of Ulster in 2010 with a degree in Law and commenced employment with Worthingtons Solicitors as a paralegal in March 2012.
Sara qualified as a Solicitor in September 2015 and works in the Commercial Department of our Belfast office specialising mainly in commercial and residential property transactions and has acted for a number of clients in applications for Adverse Possession and the removal of restrictive covenants at the Lands Tribunal.
Sara also undertakes work in areas that include Telecommunications and Renewable Energy as well as assisting in various corporate transactions.
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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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Jane graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in Law and European Studies in 2013, having spent a year studying European Civil Law at Charles University, Prague.
Jane joined the Belfast Litigation department as a Legal Executive in April 2014 and specialises in debt recovery litigation. She also assists with a number of Educational negligence actions, as well as Firearms Appeals and Judicial Reviews.
Jane commenced her training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in September 2015 and hopes to qualify as a Solicitor in September 2017.
Outside of work Jane enjoys keeping fit and healthy and has taken part in several half marathons for charity and is hoping to complete her first full marathon in 2016.
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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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