Late Disclosure of Evidence by PPS leads to Acquittal in Rape Trial at Belfast Crown Court

The failure of the Public Prosecution Service to disclose relevant critical evidence to a defence team until immediately before a trial led to a directed acquittal in a rape trial in February 2020. Chris McCann, a senior solicitor with Harte Coyle Collins, Solicitors & Advocates, Belfast, confirmed today that his client was acquitted this month…

Harte Coyle Collins awarded Lexcel Excellence in Practice Management for the 6th year in a row

Harte Coyle Collins, Solicitors & Advocates have successfully achieved Lexcel accreditation for 3 years from 2019 to 2022.  The firm, which first received the stamp of excellence by the Law Society accredited assessment body Lexcel in 2013 retained the quality benchmark for the 6th year running. The Partners, Solicitors, Paralegals and support staff at the…

Supreme Court Decision clarifies Politics vs the Rule of Law

The supreme court has ruled that Boris Johnson’s advice to the Queen that parliament should be prorogued for five weeks at the height of the Brexit crisis was unlawful. The unanimous judgment from 11 justices on the UK’s highest court followed an emergency three-day hearing last week that exposed fundamental legal differences over interpreting the country’s unwritten constitution. The…