"Lawyers are not exempt from asking asinine questions. American lawyers..."
Returning to some form of normality 16 June 2020
We are delighted that from Monday we are returning to some form of normality. We have taken all possible precautions to ensure the safety of our staff and clients. We apologise for any inconvenience that the safety measures cause but are confident that they are as non intrusive as possible. Our doors will be open for the first time in weeks with the requisite social distancing. We have constructed a Covid compliant interview room but this means that we may have to schedule appointments although if the room is free and the solicitor of choice available, we might be able to accommodate our clients when they call. If not, we shall schedule the interview for as early as possible. We thank all our clients for their consideration and look forward to providing a full legal service again. Stay safe.
Approaching our 42nd anniversary in business 26 May 2020
We are delighted that as we approach our 42nd anniversary in business on the 28th of May that we have some good news to report in the present pandemic constraints. Whilst our office remains closed to the public, we are otherwise operating as normally as possible. We have almost all of our solicitors and a number secretaries available or working remotely. We are just in the process of finishing off renovations to make the office environment compliant with all Covid regulations. We have erected protective screens in reception, interview room and between our secretaries. We hope shortly to be in a position whereby we can work and interface safely with the public. We will reduce density by allowing home working where possible but incrementally increase our staff in the office. Interviews will be by appointment only (unfortunately) and will be scheduled to ensure minimum presence and maximum protection on the premises. Our receptionist, Louise, is back on the phones and she will be able to update you next week as to the resumption of ‘almost normal’ protocols!
We are delighted to welcome Joe Rafferty to the firm as a replacement for Harry McCourt who no longer practises with us. We are sure that you will find Joe both accommodating, approachable and a very proficient practitioner in the fields of family, marital and criminal law. Joe is available for PACE interviews although at present these are curtailed. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and his mobile is 07894 712125.
Even with the retirement of Martin Campbell, we still enjoy a cohort of nine solicitors and a total of sixteen ancillary staff to assist our clients – whom we will strive to support in this challenging climate and to whom we extend our thanks for your loyal support over the past 42 years. We look forward to serving our existing and future clients for many more years to come. May you all remain safe and well.
We find that there is no end of talent in our practice! 29 January 2020
We find that there is no end of talent in our practice! The latest to emerge is our very own resident artist, Louise. Witness our new logo at reception from her very own hand! Louise is available for private commission check out the diversity and quality of her work on her Facebook …. Thanks again Louise for reminding me how old I am!
Death – The penultimate commercial transaction finalised by Probate: Bernard Rosenberg 30 September 2019
This is an interesting article from The Times articulating the difficulties now faced by testators in ensuring that their express wishes are enacted after their death. It makes it all the more important that professional guidance and assistance is engaged in the execution of a will or testamentary disposition.
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!
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