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J C W Rea & Son Our Motor team has vast experience of dealing with the defence of claims arising out of road traffic accidents and the nuances of how such claims are dealt with by the Courts in this jurisdiction. JCW Rea & Son have been practicing in the complex field of industrial diseases in the workplace for decades, handling all types of industrial and occupational disease claims for both insurance companies and self-insured clients alike.

Our commercial litigation team deals exclusively with non-personal injury matters on behalf of private and business clients. At JCW Rea & Son we passionately believe in creative problem solving and encourage our clients to consider mediation where appropriate. At JCW Rea & Son we can advise in relation to all professional negligence matters where that negligence has given rise to financial loss.

We specialise in comprehensive investigation of every type of incident and provide investigation reports in a timely and efficient manner. We are based in the heart of Belfast's Legal Quarter, less than 5 minutes-walk from the Supreme Court of Northern Ireland complex.
Highlights

read more › Martin is our Managing Partner having practiced law in the firm since qualifying as a Solicitor in 1997. He is the third generation of the Hanna family to be a partner in the practice. Martin specialises in civil litigation and heads up the firm's defence litigation department dealing with motor, employers, and public liability claims, with a specialist focus on large loss and catastrophic injuries. He specialises in cases where the injuries sustained are of the utmost severity such as catastrophic brain and spinal injuries, amputations, severe psychiatric injury, chronic pain, loss of senses, and is one of the leading specialists in Northern Ireland in dealing with asbestos related disease cases.

read more › JCW Rea & Son is one of the oldest legal practices in Northern Ireland having been formed over 120 years ago. The firm has traditionally provided legal services mainly to businesses, and in particular, the insurance sector in Northern Ireland. The firm was acquired in the 1930s by a highly motivated lawyer called Frank Hanna, who had recently opened his own legal practice of Francis Hanna Solicitor. Frank's father, Michael, had been a Law Clerk with J C W Rea & Son for many years and upon the retirement of the firm's partners, Frank saw an opportunity and bought the practice.

read more › Founded over 120 years ago JCW Rea & Son is one of Northern Ireland's longest established Solicitors firms, providing high quality and cost-effective legal advice. While serving both businesses and individuals, we specialise in providing advices to the insurance industry. Based in the heart of Belfast's legal quarter and less than 5 minutes' walk from the High Court and County Court precincts, our solicitors, who are a diverse range of individuals with varied backgrounds, skills and experiences offer a correspondingly wide range of services.

read more › JCW Rea & Son deal with every type of personal injury claim on behalf of insurance and private clients alike. We handle injury claims of all values arising from both private and commercial policies, including:-. We assist with claims from the first notification of a claim to its conclusion and pride ourselves on our expeditious and thorough liability investigations. We have a very experienced claims team handling cases of all values on a delegated or non-delegated authority basis, providing the highest quality of service which is managed through our tailored case management system, ALB.

read more › Our Motor team has vast experience of dealing with the defence of claims arising out of road traffic accidents and the nuances of how such claims are dealt with by the Courts in this jurisdiction. We at JCW Rea & Son are passionate about trying to find ways of making the process of dealing with motor claims in Northern Ireland, fairer and more efficient. The Civil Justice Reforms have gone some way towards achieving this in England and Wales, but sadly in this jurisdiction, with a Pre-Action Protocol that lacks 'teeth', we must continue to strive to try to achieve a more equal and balanced outcome for defendants and insurance companies in motor related claims, and we will remain committed to doing so until such times as legislative changes can bring this about.

read more › As anyone who has had the misfortune of experiencing an oil spill at their residential or commercial premises, the consequences and costs involved in the bio-remediation process are often significant. We have extensive experience in handling household insurance claims arising out of oil spill contamination. Both defending liability claims against policyholders following spills of oil from their property to neighbouring properties and pursuing recoveries against Third Party householders and their insurers.

read more › Our commercial litigation team deals exclusively with non-personal injury matters on behalf of private and business clients. In Northern Ireland all commercial litigation in the High Court is dealt with by the Commercial Court where Actions are judicially managed by the Commercial Court Judge. Defending insurers against actions brought by policyholders including internal complaints and complaints made to the FOS. Property damage claims from subsidence, fire, flood, defective design, arson and oil spills; and any consequential environmental issues arising.

read more › JCW Rea & Son have been practicing in the complex field of industrial diseases in the workplace for decades, handling all types of industrial and occupational disease claims for both insurance companies and self-insured clients alike. We have a proven track record of successfully defending all types of disease claims, from the asymptomatic cases involving asbestos related pleural plaques through to high value, complex claims such as asbestos related cases like mesothelioma and lung cancer, to hand arm vibration syndrome, industrial deafness cases, work related upper limb disorder, dermatitis and occupational asthma.

read more › JCW Rea & Son has built its reputation as one of Northern Ireland's leading law firms in dealing with these most complex cases. Our specialist solicitors have many years' experience of acting for insurers in brain injury cases, cases involving amputations, multiple injuries, serious spinal injuries and chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome. We pride ourselves on our handling of severe and catastrophic injury cases by providing a proactive, practical, and cost-effective service in this area where cases are often of high value and require significant experience and sensitivity.

read more › We can advise organisations with regulatory responsibilities on all relevant aspects of regulatory and professional disciplinary law and practice. Our firm has extensive experience in advising regulators and individual professionals for many years and our current Managing Partner, Martin Hanna, specialises in regulation across a range of industry sectors, including law, social care, medical and health professions. For further information or for a free, no obligation discussion please contact our office by email.

read more › At JCW Rea & Son we can advise in relation to all professional negligence matters where that negligence has given rise to financial loss. This is a particularly specialised and sensitive area of legal practice and, at JCW Rea & Son, our professional negligence cases are dealt with by our most senior litigation solicitors. One of the Partners who practices in this area, Martin Hanna represents the Law Society of Northern Ireland in the preparation and presentation of disciplinary charges brought against solicitors under the Solicitors Order, Solicitors Practice Regulations and the Solicitors Accounts Regulations.

read more › We advise our insurance clients with complaints submitted to the FOS where, for whatever reason, the policyholder is not happy with the way that a claim has been handled. At JCW Rea & Son we can provide comprehensive advices to our insurance clients in relation to complaints, often meeting with the policyholder to see if a situation can be resolved informally and sensitively first without the need for a formal complaint to be lodged. This personal approach from someone within our jurisdiction, who can set out why a course of action is adopted often helps a policyholder to better understand a position and may therefore avoid a complaint being lodged.

read more › More frequently now than ever before business and personal disputes that traditionally would have been resolved by way of litigation are now being dealt through a mediation process. At JCW Rea & Son we passionately believe in creative problem solving and encourage our clients to consider mediation where appropriate. Mediation is a method of assisting parties to settle their differences with the involvement of a third party who facilitates discussion with a view to resolution of the dispute. The process is without prejudice and non-binding until the parties agree otherwise.

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