Legal Aid Belfast

Madden & Finucane Solicitors was established 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. See our ‘Cases’ section for more information.

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.

Firm founder Peter Madden has led Madden & Finucane into the digital age by integrating advanced information technology into the office workplace.

The firm’s dynamic IT department has enabled Madden & Finucane to retain it’s cutting edge and stay one step ahead of the competition. This new dynamic ensures that we can continue to pursue Human Rights cases at home and abroad as well as providing a wide range of quality services to our clients.


Top Belfast SolicitorsMadden & Finucane is Ranked Number 1 by Chambers, the clients 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. more


Lexcel Solicitors Belfast

Lexcel – excellence in legal practice management and client care

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.


Childrens Order Panel MemberChildrens Order Panel

We are a member of the Childrens Order Panel and have solicitors who are specialists in dealing with all Children’s Law matters.


Home Charter Scheme Firm

Home Charter Scheme Law FirmThe Home Charter Scheme was introduced 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.


We offer Legal Aid and provide Access to Justice services

Legal AidAccess To JusticeMadden & Finucane provide funding for legal aid to help people:

  • protect their basic rights and get a fair hearing
  • access the court process to resolve disputes
  • solve problems that contribute to social exclusion

Pat Finucane Aisling Awards


We are the Official Sponsors of the Pat Finucane Aisling Awards

The Aisling Bursaries, launched in March 2000, are an educational initiative between Belfast Media Group and West Belfast Partnership. The Aisling Bursaries are designed to help students defray their education and training costs. more


Madden & Finucane are members of the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Law Society of Ireland

Law Society of Northern Ireland                         Law Society of Ireland


We are registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Solicitors Regulation Authority