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  • Including personal injuries

Agriculture & farming

  • Milk quotas
  • Grants
  • Animal health
  • Single farm payment scheme

Please also see environmental law, land and property disputes, trusts tax and financial planning.

Alternative dispute resolution(ADR)

  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Adjudication
  • Conciliation
  • Negotiation

Bankruptcy & Insolvency

  • Debt management
  • Personal and corporate insolvency
  • Liquidations
  • Administration
  • Receivership
  • Arrangements with creditors - voluntary arrangements

Business advice/corporate law

  • Business advice/corporate law
  • Business startups
  • Banking and insurance law
  • Partnerships
  • Company law
  • Shares and shareholders
  • Directors and company officers
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Franchising
  • Agency and commercial contracts
  • Competition law

Charities law


Commercial litigation

  • Business disputes arising out of -
  1. Business disputes arising out of supply of goods and services
  2. Construction, engineering and other commercial contracts
  3. Warranties and guarantees
  4. Product liability

Computer & ICT law

  • Data protection
  • Internet and domain name disputes
  • E-commerce
  • Freedom of information

Consumer law

  • Sale of goods and hire purchase
  • Consumer protection
  • Product liability
  • Consumer credit

Please see also bankruptcy and insolvency

Conveyancing - commercial


Conveyancing - overseas & timeshares


Conveyancing - residential


Criminal injuries & criminal damage compensation


Criminal law

  • Criminal process and procedure
  • Magistrates' Court and Crown Court
  • Police interviews, warrants, summonses, bail, custody, trials etc
  • Criminal offences eg. motoring, theft, assault, sexual offences, fraud, public order, terrorism etc.
  • ASBOs
  • Young offenders
  • Prisoners

Debt & money problems


Domestic violence



  • Special Education Needs
  • Admissions criteria
  • School exclusions and suspensions
  • School transport

Please see also welfare rights

Employment law & tribunals


Enforcement of judgements


Environmental law

  • Pollution control
  • Environmental protection
  • Conservation
  • Waste and contaminated land

Equality & discrimination

  • Equality
  • Religious belief
  • Racial group
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability

European & International law


Family law - children

  • Contact, residence
  • Child abduction
  • Adoption
  • Care/supervision orders
  • Wardship
  • Child support and maintenance

Family law - general

  • Divorce and separation
  • Financial provision
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation
  • Civil partnerships


  • Landlord and tenant
  • Rent
  • Repairs
  • Eviction
  • Homelessness

For house sales, purchases, mortgages and co-ownership see conveyancing - residential

Inquests & inquiries




Intellectual property

  • Copyright
  • Designs
  • Patents
  • Trademarks

Judicial review

  • Challenging the legality of decisions of public authorities and bodies

Land & property disputes

  • Rights of way
  • Boundary and neighbour disputes
  • Title
  • Business tenancies
  • Rating valuations
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Lands Tribunal
  • Rent review

Please see also conveyancing and housing

Legal Aid


Libel & slander



  • Liquor
  • Betting gaming & lotteries
  • Bookmakers
  • Entertainment

Mental health

  • Mental incapacity
  • Office of Care and Protection
  • Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney


  • Planning applications and appeals
  • Compulsory acquisition
  • Vesting

Professional negligence


Trusts, tax & financial planning

  • Investment business*
  • Equity release
  • Pensions
  • Asset structuring and disposal
  • Tax law - see below

Welfare rights

  • Social Security benefits
  • Appeal Tribunal assistance
  • State Pension
  • Student loans or grants
  • Nursing and residential care

Wills, probate & intestacy

  • Drafting of wills
  • Administration of estates on death
  • Estate and inheritance tax planning

Please also see trusts, tax and financial planning

Please Note

  • Many solicitors will provide advice and guidance on personal and business debt to both debtors and creditors. However only solicitors who are authorised by the Society as Insolvency Practitioners under the Insolvency (NI) Order 1989 may accept appointments to be Trustees in Bankruptcy; Trustees in the Administration of Insolvent Companies; or to act as Supervisors of Individual Voluntary Arrangements.
  • Solicitors in Northern Ireland are not authorised to provide Financial Services which are regulated by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, unless they arise out of, or are complementary to, the provision of other professional services. Regulated Financial Services includes mainstream investment business; general insurance mediation activities and advising on general insurance products and regulated mortgage activities.
  • Solicitors may make referrals or introductions to Independent Financial Advisors and may endorse their advice in relation to mortgages and of course undertake the legal work necessary in relation to mortgages and other financial products.