"Lawyers are not exempt from asking asinine questions. American lawyers..."
July 2019 Holidays 5 July 2019
Please note our Lurgan office will be closed all next week Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July inclusive.
Our Belfast office will remain open but will be closed on Friday 12th July only.
The number for the Belfast office is 02890 726062 if you need to contact them.
Congratulations Michael 29 May 2019
Congratulations to our Michael Donaghy and his beautiful bride, Lycrecia, on their nuptials. The ceremony took place in St Malachy’s Church, Ballymacilroy, followed by a lively reception in Harvey’s Point where the cuisine, craic and conviviality were mighty. Thank you both for your kind invitation and wishing you all future health and happiness together – ( counting the days until your return though Michael! LOL).
Running Miles is like running cases 21 May 2019
Running Miles is like running cases
You only smile when they are over!
Our logo caught the eye of the Law Society President, Suzanne Rice, when we participated in the Marie Curie 5K around the Titanic Quarter of Belfast. Suzanne kindly posed for a photo with our participants, Paul Haughey, Padraig Conway and Michael Donaghy (aka Kevin Haughey). Michael was supposed to be ‘wrapped up in cotton wool’ before his forthcoming nuptials but somehow contrived to play against Eglish on Sunday! Padraig posted an excellent time and was only beaten on the line into fourth. More significantly, our Adam Wood ran the marathon section around the Phoenix Park for the victorious Northern Ireland Solicitors team in the inaugural ‘Iron Man’ Triathalon! Congratulations to Adam and his victorious colleagues.
Overall a very active weekend for C&H!
Legal Walk/Run 30 April 2019
My late father, although a sports enthusiast, postulated that running interminable miles and lifting enormous weights incrementally turned brain cells into muscle and explained why marathon runners and weightlifters persisted in what he considered asinine activities. The truth of this hypothesis may be revealed within the confines of our office with our Adam Wood representing the Northern Ireland Law Society in the north-south triathlon challenge in County Leitrim on the 17th of May and Harry McCourt looking none the wiser for increasing the loads on his weightlifting bar! To paraphrase our Carrickmore GAA player, Michael Donaghy, ‘there’s wiser eating grass.’ Not that he himself is exempt from critical appraisal as every increase in his training schedules correlates with decreasing results for the team. Meanwhile the brave and the bold, Paul, Padraig and Clen have signed up for the exacting challenge of the Marie Curie 5k walk/run through the sweltering heat and blistering streets of Belfast. Our triathlete, Keith Hamilton, must think the challenge too demanding as he is used to the cooler climes of Camlough Lake, the softer surface of St Colman’s running track and the tranquillity of the bike on the towpath. Martin Campbell only moves forward at speed on skis – downhill! Alison Watterson, who is a runner, declined in trepidation that Clen is likely to ‘coup’ and resuscitation might fall to her. Our equestrian, Gillian McAreavey, demanded a horse.
It falls then to two tortoises and one hare to represent the firm on the 17th of May with the logo
‘Running miles is like running cases
The smiles come when they’re finished’
Forty years later 22 January 2019
Forty years later and still going strong!!
Happy New Year 3 January 2019
A very Happy New Year to all our employees, providers and clients. We wish you all health and happiness in the coming new year. Our solicitors are always looking for opportunities to expand as evidenced by our Tel Aviv correspondent, Harry McCourt, who has identified a practice ripe for expansion – free flak jacket for any volunteers!
Henry’s antics from over the weekend LOL 18 December 2018
Henry the Elf
Isn’t feeling himself
He just had a crash in his car
But with Campbell Haughey and Co
He must surely know
That help and support isn’t far!!
Read Part 2: Henry’s feeling much better
Campbell & Haughey Christmas jumper day for Save the Children 14 December 2018
The Advent season is upon us. 22 November 2018
The Advent season is upon us and we are certainly experiencing an ‘Advent’ of our own in C&H. Firstly, a big welcome to Enan, our Laura O’Neills’s first child born on the 30th October. Congratulations to Mum and Dad and we are all looking forward to his first outing to our office this week – if her ‘cuddled up’ Mum can brave the elements. A second, if somewhat belated welcome to our new conveyancing secretary, Cathy McAleavey. Her smile is as wide as her experience and we hope she is as happy with us as we are with her! And we extend similar sentiments to our latest recruit, Adam Wood, who has joined us after leaving Conn and Fenton solicitors where he enjoyed a partnership. Adam attended Wallace High School before taking a first in Law from QUB where he came top in his year in Equity and Inheritance Law. It is therefore surprising, given his academic aptitude, that he is a follower of that strange game in which only one of the team is allowed to use their hands! Weird or what? However, he also enjoys rugby and is a marathon runner so we have another candidate for the Law Society Marie Curie run next year! Welcome aboard!!
Why people should have a solicitor at all PACE interviews… 4 September 2018
Do I need it – Its only a quick chat with the Police?
(1) The short answer is Yes. You need a Solicitor………….Here’s why….
(a) You are a suspect in a Criminal Case.
The Police must arrest a person when they have reasonable grounds to suspect a person’s involvement or suspected involvement or attempted involvement in the commission of a criminal offence;
they have reasonable grounds for believing that the person’s arrest is “necessary.”
The arrest must be necessary for one of the 9 reasons mentioned below:-
a) to enable the name (and address) of the person in question to be ascertained (in the case where the constable does not know, and cannot readily ascertain, the person’s name, or has reasonable grounds for doubting whether a name given by the person as his name is his real name);
(b) … ;
(c) to prevent the person in question- (i) causing physical injury to himself or any other person; (ii) suffering physical injury; (iii) causing loss of or damage to property; (iv) committing an offence against public decency (subject to subsection (6)); or (v) causing an unlawful obstruction of the highway; (d) to protect a child or other vulnerable person from the person in question; (e) to allow the prompt and effective investigation of the offence or of the conduct of the person in question; (f) to prevent any prosecution for the offence from being hindered by the disappearance of the person in question.
(b) The outcome of the case could have a dramatic effect on your career and/or your life in the near future.
If the Police or Crown Prosecution service believe that you have committed a Criminal offence there is a whole array of disposals that could apply to your case. Some of the options include a fixed penalty, a Caution (warning) if you are an adult, a charge (a direction that you must appear at court to answer an allegation on a specific date) or you may be charged and remanded to appear at the next available court. If you are a Youth the options are even more varied. Utilising free Police station representation and being legally represented at the Police Station, a Solicitor can assist you through the minefield of possible disposals and the best way to deal with your case.
(c) It’s Free!
In England and Wales, there is no charge for Legal Representation at the Police Station. Police station representation is free and provided by the Legal Aid Agency. The Police must obtain a solicitor to represent you if you so request. You can have your own solicitor if he deals with criminal cases or a duty solicitor. The Solicitor must and will be independent of the Police. All requests for a Solicitor go through the duty call centre. If you wish you can pay for your own solicitor.
(d) You need Independent advice
The Police are not Solicitors. Their function is to uphold the law. They owe no duty to you to advise you how best to deal with the situation you may find yourself in, in a police station. A Solicitor is independent and must always act in their client’s best interests.
What Happens If I Am Invited In By Police For A Chat? (a) There is no such thing as being invited in by police for a chat!
If you are asked to attend a police station to be interviewed with regard to a matter you are a suspect. You can be asked to attend a police station voluntarily. As such, if you agree, the necessity conditions to arrest you may not apply and as such the police may decide not to arrest you.
You are still a Suspect!
You need Legal Advice. It is still free and we strongly advise you to ask the police to arrange it.
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