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McKinty and Wright
We are delighted that DAC Beachcroft will establish its presence in Belfast by taking on the highly regarded insurance business of McKinty and Wright. Our two firms have had a formal ‘best friends’ relationship in place since 2016. The deal is expected to complete in early July 2019 and will see up to 17 fee earners, including six partners, join DAC Beachcroft.     This is the second office launch of 2019 for international law firm DAC Beachcroft, following Paris in January. Together with its offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport and Winchester, DAC Beachcroft will now be able to provide clients with seamless coverage across all four jurisdictions in the UK and Ireland. The firm also ...
Roisin Harper
Revised ‘Green Book’ guidelines issued  As of 25th February 2019, the 5th Edition of the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases in Northern Ireland, more commonly known as the Green Book,has been published by the  Judicial Studies Board for Northern Ireland.  An online copy is available under ‘Publications’ at  https://judiciaryni.uk/ The Green Book was last updated 7 years ago, with the 4th Edition published 31st March 2013. There have been a number of judgments handed down by the Courts which have indicated that a revision of the Guidelines was on the cards. As one example, in McDowell v Fisons ...
Louise Butler
Claims of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, political opinion and religious belief were brought against the owners of the bakery because they refused to sell Mr Lee, a gay customer, a cake with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage.” The County Court and Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland found against the bakery and held that Mr Lee had been discriminated against. Today however five Justices of the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Mr and Mrs McArthur, the owners of the bakery, did not discriminate against him. The Court held that the bakers did not refuse the order because of the sexual orientation of the customer,  rather they refused the order because of the message on the cake:  “they would have refused to make such a cake for any customer, irrespective ...