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Diamond Heron Diamond Heron Solicitors Belfast offer a broad range of legal services including Personal Injury Litigation, Buying or Selling of Property, Administration of Estates and Legal Advice on Matrimonial and Employment Law issues. In accordance with Government Advice our offices are closed but our virtual office remains open and we can be contacted on the usual phone number and email.

At Diamond Heron we encourage all clients to make a Will. In these unprecedented times we are all more aware of our health and the importance of leaving our affairs in order by making provision for our loved ones. In uncertain times you need professional and personal advice. Our virtual office is open with our solicitors working remotely by phone and email to respond to your questions and instructions.

This is the amalgamation of two long standing Belfast solicitor practices and will provide our mutual clients with enhanced and long experienced legal knowledge and expertise together with reliable, professional and friendly legal services.
Highlights

read more › Diamond Heron is a leading Solicitors firm situated in the heart of Belfast City Centre offering a broad range of legal services. We are recognised in the Chambers UK Legal Guide as outstanding in the field of Personal Injury Legal Practice and we have every confidence we can provide quality, efficient and straight talking legal advice to our clients. Our legal advice is backed by a dynamic team of lawyers with a wide range of experience. Our philosophy is the provision of no nonsense straight forward legal advice with a proactive approach which is both costs effective and efficiently administered.

read more › Anna qualified as a Solicitor in 1999 and joined Diamond Heron's litigation team in 2002. She has extensive experience acting in all areas of civil litigation including road traffic accidents, employer's and public liability claims, medical negligence and work induced illness at both County and High Court levels. Anna also practises in our Private Client department dealing with matrimonial matters, drafting Wills and administering estates and Controllership issues.

read more › Anne Copeland joined the firm in 1990 and has specialised in the Private Client area of Law within the firm. She is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and keeps herself up to date on the developments in this field of Law. She can guide clients through the maze of Wills, EPA's, Lifetime Gifting, Trusts, Inheritance Tax Planning and Office of Care and Protection Administration. She is also an experienced Matrimonial Lawyer specialising in higher value cases acting for both Husbands and Wives to assist in the negotiation of a settlement or if necessary attending Court.

read more › Brian qualified in Belfast and then moved to Dublin where he worked in both High Curt and Circuit Court Litigation. He joined Diamond Heron in 2002 and became a partner in 2011. His workload includes mainly plaintiff personal injury action arising out of road traffic accidents, accidents at work and industrial illness. However, he also completes defence cases, clinical negligence, employment and property disputes. He is a trained mediator and has completed numerous mediations. Brian also specialises in motorcycles claims.

read more › Charlene joined Diamond Heron in 2016. She is dual qualified having trained and qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales. Prior to joining Diamond Heron she spent 5 years with a litigation firm in Manchester undertaking plaintiff litigation work before returning to Northern Ireland in 2015 where she worked for a commercial firm in Belfast in the areas of debt recovery, banking litigation and general commercial litigation. Charlene works within the firm's Litigation Department where her main areas of work include debt recovery, insolvency, commercial litigation and mortgage repossession.

read more › Cherry specialises in a range of legal property services including selling properties on behalf of a local Bank and acting for private clients in the sale and purchase of residential properties, remortgages, equity release/lifetime mortgages and for clients purchasing via the Shared Ownership scheme with Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association. Cherry also deals with drafting Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney, administering estates and Probate matters.

read more › Joanne Beattie joined our firm in 2019 from Messrs Orr & Co solicitors and has specialised in the area of matrimonial law for over twenty years. During that time she has established herself as a very experienced matrimonial practitioner. Joanne conducts matrimonial cases relating to divorce and ancillary relief and she guides clients through one of the most difficult times of their life with diligence and practical advice. She is accomplished in the negotiation of financial settlements leading to a satisfactory outcome for the client.

read more › John joined the firm in 1984, becoming a partner in 1988. He is the Partner in charge of our Debt Recovery Department and has been recognised by Chambers Guide as one of the leaders in his field in Northern Ireland. John has over 30 years' experience of recovering secured and unsecured debts for financial institutions, corporate and private clients. He has delivered seminars on debt recovery to the Institute of Credit Management, Banks and local companies. John is married with twins. A sports enthusiast, he supports Arsenal and Ulster Rugby.

read more › Peter Hill graduated in Law from Queen's University, Belfast in 1982 and from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (Solicitors Course) the following year, joining the firm in 1983 and becoming a partner in 1990. Peter has undertaken a wide variety of legal work including plaintiff litigation, conveyancing, wills and estates and debt work and subsequently headed up this firm's conveyancing department acting for one of the largest private housing developers in Northern Ireland. Peter has also wide experience in planning law, Inquiries and Appeals, bank work including appointing of receivers and mortgagee sales and equity release work.

read more › Stephen graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 2002 and practised in civil litigation at another firm in Belfast City Centre before joining Diamond Heron in 2010. As a member of the firm's Litigation Team, Stephen specialises in personal injury litigation, primarily on behalf of Plaintiffs, in respect of road traffic accident claims, accidents at work and public liability litigation in the High Court and County Court. Stephen's practice also includes debt recovery and commercial litigation with an emphasis on providing proactive, solution driven advice to his clients.

read more › Diamond Heron Belfast are a leading firm with extensive experience in personal injury litigation. Our Solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS). We have dedicated specialist lawyers who can guide both claimants and defendants through the litigation process and who enjoy an excellent success rate. Trade Union representation ensures a specialty in accident at work claims whilst legal expenses representation guarantees expertise in road traffic accident claims in Belfast and across Northern Ireland.

read more › Your case will be handled from the start by a qualified solicitor who will be dedicated to your case until it is completed. We use recognised medical experts and if required the barristers instructed by us are all extremely experienced. Diamond Heron is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) and our clients benefit from the services these specialist organisations provide. We can provide insurance for you to bring your case where fault for the accident has been disputed.

read more › The personal injury department specialise in motorcycle accidents. We are enthusiastic bikers who ride motorcycles for work and pleasure so understand the needs of bikers and also have the experience to assist bikers recover from accidents. We have close connections with motorcycle dealership to assist with hire bikes while your bike is being repaired and with working directly with your insurance companies to get you back on the road as quickly as possible. At Diamond Heron we understand that there is prejudice against motorcyclists in respect of accidents but that in a large percentage of cases the fault will lie with the car driver.

read more › At Diamond Heron Solicitors we act for private clients who have been injure at work, we also have trade union clients to whom we provide a full range of work relate services. Employees are protected by legislation in respect of safety in the work place and over the years we have recovered thousands of pounds for employees who have been injured by negligent employers who have not met the required standards of health and safety in the workplace. Our membership of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) allows us access to experts and training that enables us to keep ahead of employers representatives in securing compensation for our clients.

read more › At Diamond Heron we act for victims of medical negligence. We have acted against hospitals, general practitioners, dentists and cosmetic surgery practices. In this very specialist area of law we use our membership of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) to assist our clients. We use experts throughout the UK and Ireland to provide medical reports commenting on the care provided by the medical profession in Northern Ireland. We understand that medical negligence is a very emotive type of case, our clients often feel let down by the medical profession and our ethos is to help those clients with the many legal and personal questions they may have about their case.

read more › Our Partners and Solicitors in our Firm have considerable experience in the various areas of Private Client Services. In particular Brian Cole has been named as a leading individual in Chambers UK 2015 Guide to the Legal Profession. The Chambers Guide states Brian Cole is considered a Front Runner in the Personal Injury Market. He has a proven track record in handling high value multi defendant Employer Liability cases and Road Traffic Accidents with particular expertise in Motor Cycle claims. Peter Hill is a Member of the Non Contentious Committee of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

read more › We act for both employees and employers in bringing and defending employment cases in both the Industrial Tribunal and in Civil Courts. We act for a major trade union in providing its members in all areas of employment law together with collective agreements made between the trade union and the employer. As there are strict time limits in respect of lodging industrial tribunal proceedings, in most cases three months, we recommend that clients obtain advice as early as possible after an employment issue arises.

read more › We have many years of experience in handling one of the most important transactions in your life - moving house. We can provide you with lots of useful and practical information to ease the moving process along with handling the legal process. We will contact you to update you on all key stages in the transaction and be easy to contact whether by telephone, email or in person. We pride ourselves on the service we provide our clients and have built up many good working relationships with the key players in the moving process from Estate Agents to Mortgage Brokers.

read more › A. To distribute your assets as per the terms of your Will to your Family. It also means you avoid the Statutory Rules re: Intestacy - See Intestacy below. Making a Will allows you to appoint Executors to administer your estate on your behalf. The Executors have the power to sell your property and encash your assets and then are under the obligation to discharge any monies you owe i.e. your Funeral Account and any outstanding debts and then to distribute your assets in accordance with the terms of your Will.

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