Providing expert legal advice since 1979

Madden & Finucane Solicitors Belfast

Madden & Finucane Solicitors was established in Belfast in 1979 by Peter Madden and Pat Finucane. We have achieved a reputation of both local and international standing for providing exceptional and dedicated legal services. The heart of the firm’s ethos is to protect the rights of the individual. We have extensive experience of a wide range of legal areas and strive to provide a quality and professional service to our clients. For more than four decades we have established an international reputation for Human Rights work and Criminal Law.

The firm has established a strong reputation for excellence and expertise in representing Defendants in Criminal Cases, those arrested by Police and challenging inequality and unfairness from the State. We have acted in many of the most prominent challenges to the State in the European Court of Human Rights and Judicial Reviews. The firm also provides a full range of legal services including family law, personal injury, litigation, defamation, professional negligence, commercial/business advice, and conveyancing. We have a strong ethos of cost effective advice and provide initial consultations free of charge.

Our Belfast solicitors are based at 88 Castle Street BT1 1HE and our Derry office is at 46A William Street BT48 6ET. You can arrange a consultation with a solicitor via phone or online contact form

Madden & Finucane Solicitors is Ranked Number 1 by Chambers,
the client’s guide to the legal profession

Chambers and Partners have been publishing their world-famous guides to the legal profession since 1990. The key to the success of their legal directories and the validity of their awards is the in-depth, unbiased research conducted by their team of highly qualified and experienced researchers. Madden & Finucane has recently been awarded Lexcel accreditation for their high standards in providing legal services. Lexcel is the Law Society’s quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in client care. Madden & Finucane is now the largest Human Rights and Criminal Defence Practice in Ireland to receive this recognition. Madden & Finucane has recently been voted as one of the ‘Best Law Firms 2022’ in a Belfast Telegraph survey with recommendations from 1,084 legal experts across Ireland.

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We are a member of the Childrens Order Panel and have solicitors who are specialists in dealing with all Children’s Law matters. We are a Home Charter Scheme Firm. The Home Charter Scheme was introduced in Belfast originally to meet the needs and interests of the public by ensuring that consistent good quality conveyancing practice was promoted. The Scheme is essentially a quality assurance mechanism directed primarily at processes. Compliance with the Scheme produces positive benefits in several different respects. It improves client satisfaction and reduces the risk of omission. The value of the Scheme has been widely acknowledged and has become the norm for the residential domestic conveyancing process. The promotion of good practice and uniformity of processes works to the overall benefit of clients.

Online Reviews

Online Reviews

“Great representation. The best.”

Manuel Mullen


Rachel Jordan

“Great services when dealing with clients”.

Margaret O'Kane


Margaret Denny

“Great firm of legal minds.”

Anne Christie


Becky Scally

“Best solicitors in Derry, top team, wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

Rosie Gallagher

“A great asset for the people, keep up the great work.”

Eamon Moore

“Good defence.”

Philip Jackson

“Freindy staff.”

Paddy Magill

“The best solicitors in northern Ireland.”

Liam McNamara


Aoife Nic An Tsaoir

“I fully recommend! Made a phone call and the team were absolutely brilliant. It was in regards to our family looking for justice with the troubles. They know what they’re doing.”

Irish Technical Thinker


Anthony Lancaster


Roisin Finnegan


Josephine Larmour

Madden and Finucane is regarded as one of the finest law firms in Ireland and quite rightly so. Any experience I’ve had with them has left me coming away very satisfied and the general vibe you get from this practice is that if you need representation or even just advice then you are being dealt with by the very best. When I approached ‘M&F’ about a legal matter I had I was dealt with in a very professional manner from beginning to end. As someone that knows only the basics of how things work in the world of law I was quite apprehensive about the matter I was having difficulty with but I was reassured from the very start and really felt safe knowing my case was being looked after by such a successful and knowledgeable firm. Highly recommended no matter what the case, Madden and Finucane will take care of it.

Tim Collins


Barry Hamill

“5 ⭐️ service and customer service, used them once and wouldn’t use any other Solicitors again because they aren’t up to the same standards as Madden & Finucane. Professional every step of the way, great people, great building made to feel comfortable and at ease.”

Emmett Fhionnbharr O'Fhionnagainn


Gerard Denny

“Best solicitors bar none, quite simply they get it done fast and efficiently not like half the jokers who claim to be solicitors, won’t mention names as I don’t want sued.”

Anto McKnight


Ciaran Diamond


Rhonda Hunter


Jay Caskey


William Belton

“Very good.”

Rhonda Hunter

“Class solicitors #PaddyMadden”

Paula Shannon

“Absolutely outstanding, recommend 100 per cent.”

Michael O Toole


Peter Rogers

“Would highly recommend without a doubt.”

Josh Wilson

“Michael Halleron represented my brother recently absolutely outstanding the work they put into their clients and really make time to listen and put the work into their cases unlike the solicitors we were used of in Limerick. Couldn’t thank them enough 5 star service.”

Erika Kiely


A Burns


Ryan Redmond


África Muñoz García


Cathal Evans

“Definitely the best solicitors about definitely have to say.”

Shea McKeown


Steven Phillips


Kate G

“Outstanding professionalism!!”

Eoghan O Stack


Searon Thompson



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