Shortlisted: National Diversity Awards

Shortlisted: National Diversity Awards

A record breaking 64,000 people nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards, with an astonishing 126 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.  Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to  Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 26th February to witness the countries 2020 winners being crowned the best of UK diversity.  Amongst those being honoured are charities, campaigners and activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways. Our Ciaran Moynagh, Partner is nominated for Positive Role Model for LGBT Community. He said "It really is a great honour to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award and it is a true testament to the work we do in Phoenix Law and the core values we have as a staff team. This shortlist is a recognition for everyone in the office and im humbled to lead on this issue." The full shortlist can be viewed here ...
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Landmark Challenge: Humanist Marriage recognition in England & Wales.

Landmark Challenge: Humanist Marriage recognition in England & Wales.

Next week the High Court in London will hear a legal challenge brought by six couples looking to have legal recognition of humanist weddings. Ciaran Moynagh, Partner noted, "The time for asking to be accommodated is over. The courts are now the only appropriate and realistic method of moving this issue on. Following a successful case in Northern Ireland, momentum is on our side, and I believe couples who look forward to a legally recognised humanist ceremony should take great heart and hope from that." The legal challenge is being supported by Humanists UK. Andrew Copson, Chief Executive commented, "Couples who have humanist weddings see that day as the epitome of their love and commitment to each other, and all they want is the same legal recognition for that as is given to every religious person in our country." Full Story Here ...
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School Transfer Test proceeds to full hearing.

School Transfer Test proceeds to full hearing.

The High Court of Justice granted leave in the judicial review case challenging the delay of the transfer test in Northern Ireland this year. After the hearing our clients mother said, "By the Court granting leave acknowledges all the concerns parents have been raising for weeks now.  I have felt helpless and my daughter’s emotional wellbeing is suffering. I am encouraged and relieved by todays positive outcome as I know that this test will have significant consequence on my daughters future and life potential. Like every other parent, I simply want what is best for my daughter and this test occurring in November certainly is not that." Ciaran Moynagh commented, "It is certainly in the public interest to have the action or inaction of all transfer test organisers scrutinised. We must remember at the heart of this are many 10 – 11-year-old children that are extremely anxious about what is expected of them in these uncertain times. The Court has indicated that the...
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Black Lives Matter – Fines & Prosecutions.

Black Lives Matter – Fines & Prosecutions.

At recent rallies in Custom House Square, Belfast and Guildhall Hall Square, Derry in support and solidarity for Black Lives Matters the Police Service of Northern Ireland issued 60+ fines to those attending. They further have informed those considered organisers that files will be passed to the Public Prosecution service for consideration of prosecution. Phoenix Law have now been instructed by the majority of those individuals who received fines as well as the organisers to challenge the actions of the Police. Urgent pre action correspondence has issued. Ciaran Moynagh said "Northern Ireland should be hearing the voices and words of the brave people who spoke at the rally’s in Belfast and Derry. Instead we are hearing about people being fined for exercising their rights in what was a responsible manner." Darragh Mackin said "the PSNI erred in law by misconstruing the Regulations. Attending a protest is not, in and of itself, an offence and the socially distanced day of solidarity was not unlawful." Sinead...
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Phoenix Law participate in LGBT Awareness Week

Phoenix Law participate in LGBT Awareness Week

As part of the diverse program for LGBT Awareness Week 2020, our Ciaran Moynagh took part in a virtual session coined 'Legal Queeries' hosted by Aisling Tomey, Advocacy Officer at the Rainbow Project. The discussions covered many matters to include, family law, same sex marriage, immigration, blackmail/ revenge porn as well as wills and probate. The Rainbow Project offer support and advocacy all year round. Visit their website https://www.rainbow-project.org/ or contact them in confidence on (028) 90 31 90 30. If you require any advice on the issues highlighted contact our office for a free initial consultation 02890328383 ...
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Doc Series: Nolan Inside Hydebank

Doc Series: Nolan Inside Hydebank

In a three part series aired on BBC One NI Stephen Nolan gets an insight into the young men detailed at Hydebank College. In episode 1 our client William Boyd talks of his remorse for an incident that occurred at Bangor Pier. Our Ciaran Moynagh spoke with Stephen on BBC Radio Ulster about the issues experience by some of the most complicated and vulnerable members of our society. Take a Listen - Ciaran speaks at 19.40mins Have a watch of the series. ...
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Success in same-sex marriage case

Success in same-sex marriage case

Phoenix Law are delighted at the Judgment in the case of Petition X. The Court of Appeal ruled our clients were unlawfully discriminated against by not having their same sex marriage recognised in Northern Ireland. Ciaran Moynagh said, "The couple were relieved when the law changed on 13 January 2020 to recognise their marriage. They have now had confirmed what they always believed, that their marriage is equal to and worth the same as everybody else's. Summary Judgment here Full Story Here ...
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Failure to provide NI’s frontline medical staff with PPE  could amount to a criminal offence.

Failure to provide NI’s frontline medical staff with PPE could amount to a criminal offence.

A failure to provide personal protective equipment may not only carry civil liability under the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978, it also could amount to a criminal offence. Ciaran Moynagh spoke with the Belfast Telegraph and advised healthcare workers in fear to email their employers with their concerns. He said "very often when a paper trail exists, issues will be taken more seriously and are less likely to be disputed at a later stage." Full Story Here ...
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