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Unprecedented times (update 24/03/2020) 24 March 2020

Due to the present health crisis, our offices will be closed as from today.  The office number will not be supported but please feel free to contact our solicitors on the following mobiles -

Paul Haughey – 07754389548 – litigation / Road Traffic

Keith Hamilton – 07765945817 – Conveyancing

Martin Campbell – 07736687961 – Conveyancing / Probate

Clen Mackenzie – 07780961633 – litigation / Road Traffic

Alison Watterson – 07818170378 – Conveyancing

Adam Wood – 07968190378 – Conveyancing

Harry McCourt – 07808867054 – Divorce / Family / Criminal

Gillian McAreavey – 07867947713 – litigation / Road Traffic

Michael Donaghy – 07833307289 – litigation / Road Traffic

Padraig Conway – 07737587726 – litigation / Road Traffic

We regret the inconvenience and hope to return to normal practice as soon as this unprecedented situation allows.  We wish all our clients and staff safe passage.

Unprecedented times… 18 March 2020

We are conscious of the current  difficulties experienced by our staff and clients in these unprecedented times.  We will do all that we can to preserve the health and safety of both whilst endeavouring to provide a full legal service.  This will not be easy but with appropriate measures we can hopefully endure.  We would ask that our clients only attend the office if it is strictly necessary.  We will be available to accept telephone calls and as all our solicitors have iphones, we can facilitate Facetime calls. A list of the numbers is below but please contact reception first to check availability during office hours.  We regret any inconvenience but no doubt you will appreciate the reasons for the disruption of normal services.  We wish all our staff and clients safe passage through this turbulent sea.

Phone numbers
Paul Haughey – 07754389548
Keith Hamilton – 07765945817
Martin Campbell – 07736687961
Clen Mackenzie – 07780961633
Alison Watterson – 07818170378
Adam Wood – 07968190378
Harry McCourt – 07808867054
Gillian McAreavey – 07867947713
Michael Donaghy – 07833307289
Padraig Conway – 07737587726

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!

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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.

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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).

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Running Miles is like running cases 21 May 2019

Running Miles is like running cases
You only smile when they are over!

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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.

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Overall a very active weekend for C&H!

Legal Walk/Run 30 April 2019

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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!!

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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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