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R – V – MICHAEL HARKIN AND DONNA McCOOL

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom today delivered a judgment for the first time ever in Northern Ireland.

At this unprecedented occasion the five judge Appeal Court, led by Deputy President Lord Mance, handed down a majority decision in the appeals of Derry couple Michael Harkin and Donna McCool who appealed against confiscation orders made by Derry Crown Court on 2nd July 2014.

Jack Quigley of Madden & Finucane, Solicitor for both Appellants today stated:

“Mr Harkin and Mrs McCool were today vindicated in bringing their appeals to the highest domestic Court available to them. The Appellants convinced both Lord Mance and Lord Reed that the Confiscation Orders made against them at Derry Crown Court were unlawful. We shall take time to consider the implications of today’s majority decision from the five Law Lords and consider whether there is merit in an application to the European Court of Human Rights.”