Recovery | Civil
Litigation | Conveyancing
Family Law & Matrimonial
| Wills, Trusts
& Probate | Management
of Patients' Affairs
Criminal Law | Business
& Company Matters | Notarial
Our debt recovery
service has increased substantially over the last 10 years
and we now act for a considerable number of larger UK firms
and financial institutions to recover outstanding accounts.
We also help the smaller businesses, who are usually hit
the hardest by "slow payers". We deal with demand letters,
issue of proceedings, obtaining judgement and enforcement
procedures. The popular view is that the law favours the
debtor but with referral to us and patient persistence,
the results can be surprising.
proceedings in the Civil Courts. If you have suffered loss,
damage or injury, then you may be entitled to compensation.
The expense of proceedings can often be inhibitive but from
an initial interview, we can often give an indication of
the strength or weakness of your case and we can also advise
and obtain legal expenses insurance or Legal Aid, as appropriate,
to help to cover your costs in going to Court. We
regularly instruct senior and junior Barristers in this
work and have much confidence in our colleagues at the Bar.
In our experience, most civil litigation cases are settled
before coming to Court.
We can help at
all stages in buying and selling a house including arranging
mortgage finance. We also deal with commercial property
including purchases, sales and leases and we act for builders
and developers in dwelling house and apartment developments,
shops, offices and other business constructions.
We can advise
employers and employees on their rights and obligations
including matters of redundancy and unfair dismissal, issuing
and defending cases before the Employment Tribunal.
Law & Matrimonial
There is considerable
trauma and distress associated with marital and partnership
breakdown. We aim to deal with this situation in a sensitive
and sensible way - not rushing into litigation if negotiation
and discussion will give results. We deal with separations,
divorce, adoption, custody and access disputes and voluntary
or private separation agreements not involving Court appearances.
We work closely with the Family Law Barristers based at
the High Court in Belfast.
Trusts & Probate
Clients are often
hesitant to discuss making a Will, perhaps from superstition.
The absence of a Will is often the source of bitter and
prolonged family disputes. Considerable Inheritance Tax
can be saved by careful rearrangement of affairs, setting
up of Lifetime Trusts and in the drafting of a Will. Often,
in this type of work, we work in close association with
the client's accountant or a specialist consultant when
necessary for the purpose of giving you a better service.
we deal with all aspects of administration of the deceased's
estate, distributing assets and winding up affairs.
We can act as
professional Trustees and hold assets on Trust for children
until they come of age to inherit.
of Patients' Affairs
We can prepare
Enduring Powers of Attorney so that you can have the comfort
of knowing who will look after your affairs if you can't.
For those who
are not able to manage their affairs, we have a complete
service for management of affairs including referral to
the Office of Care and Protection and practical assistance
in financial arrangements for the care of those who are
no longer able.
This area of
law covers a wide range from traffic offences to fraud and
start at the local Magistrate's Court and, depending on
how serious the offence is, can move to the Crown Court.
We can give representation
in respect of any offence and instruct Barristers specialising
in Criminal Law to give you full representation. Legal Aid
is generally available for those who can not afford representation.
& Company Matters
We deal with
business purchases and sales, from the sole trader to the
larger companies and with corporate mergers and acquisitions.
When necessary, we will instruct and act in conjunction
with corporate consultants to give you a more professional
and efficient service.
senior partner is also a Notary Public and notarial services
are offered world wide (excepting USA & Canada)