Kieran Smyth wins right to challenge return to prison

Kieran Smyth wins right to challenge return to prison

Kieran Smyth was granted leave to seek a judicial review of the Secretary of State's decision to revoke his licence. It is claimed that it was unlawful to revoke his licence prior to a recommendation by the Parole Commissioners and that the Secretary of State wrongly appears to have suggested our client should be recalled for reasons of deterrence and to set an example. Proceedings were issued in a bid to have the revocation quashed. Following a hearing at the High Court Mr Justice McAlinden granted leave and listed the case for full hearing in February next year. Solicitor Gavin Booth said: "We believe our client was unlawfully recalled to prison without good reason and we intend to challenge this fully." ...
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We are Recruiting!

We are Recruiting!

Team Phoenix is a diverse group of Human Rights Lawyers who are collectively committed to the protection of fundamental rights and values.  Phoenix Law is a unique solicitor practice in its makeup and structure. For more details please see our core values.  Roles (1) A solicitor to join our Criminal & Regulatory and Public Law Teams (2) A Personal Assistant to join our Public Law, Inquests and Inquiries Team(3) A paralegal to join our Actions Against the Police Team To apply for any of the above positions please send a cover letter and CV to recruitment@phoenix-law.org. In the cover letter please set out (1) why you believe you are someone who would be suitable for Team Phoenix, (2) the role you are applying for, (3) your previous experience, (4) any specific areas of interest, and (5) any other relevant details or qualifications. The process will involve two stages:(1) The cover letter and CV will be assessed and those suitable candidates will be selected for interview; (2) Interviews will be held and successful candidates...
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Judicial Review: Requirements for Gender Recognition Cert.

Judicial Review: Requirements for Gender Recognition Cert.

We are instructed by a trans women seeking to secure a gender recognition certificate without the need of obtaining medical evidence and a diagnosis of gender dysphoria. The matter was heard in December for two days and we expect judgment in early 2021. Ciaran Moynagh, partner said: “She simply wishes to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate to have her reality reflected on her birth certificate. “She takes issue with the need for a medical report confirming she has gender dysphoria, given that the World Health Organisation no longer believes it is a disorder and the fact there is no medical expertise in Northern Ireland that can assist with the application process.” Mr Moynagh added: “The lack of treatment, support and medical expertise in Northern Ireland that assists trans people in obtaining a GRC is a long-standing issue that the Government has acknowledged but taken no steps to resolve. ...
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Covid 19 – Barber restrictions challenged.

Covid 19 – Barber restrictions challenged.

A group of Belfast barbers have threatened the Northern Ireland Executive with legal action over the region's strict coronavirus restrictions. The businessmen are also challenging the Executive on its decision-making process that led to the regulations coming into force. The barbers include Sean Lawlor of Cambridge Barbershop, Andrew Kavanagh of Camlough Barbers, David Lutton of The Corner Barbershop, and Padraig McShane of Cut N Edge. The Northern Ireland Executive announced that close-contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, were among a range of businesses required to close until November 13. A scientific paper that guided the Executive's recent decisions on the introduction of the circuit-break, estimated the closure of hairdressers and beauticians could reduce the virus's reproduction number (R number) by 0.05. The paper was published as part of an initiative by the Department of Health to increase transparency around the decision-making process. The group say they are concerned about the "scientific, medical, epidemiological evidence" and how it has been interpreted by Government ministers.  Darragh...
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Covid 19 – Taxi Support Scheme achieved

Covid 19 – Taxi Support Scheme achieved

The Department of Infrastructure has formally requested new powers to set up a hardship scheme for taxi drivers whose trade has collapsed during the pandemic on foot of legal pressure. Partner, Darragh Mackin, representing the group commented, "we warmly welcome the ongoing engagement with the minister and her officials in trying to reach a resolution of the issues with respect to the taxi industry. Today is a very significant step for the taxi industry whereby the minister has now sought the necessary statutory powers to bring about a scheme that will resolve the current financial crisis that has struck the industry." Read more here ...
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