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“What the team is known for:

Pursues judicial review proceedings on behalf of individuals in the areas of immigration and prison law. Also noted for offering advice on data protection and freedom of information issues.

Notable practitioners:

Peter Madden is a key contact at the firm.”

What the team is known for: Successful Belfast practice. Famous for work on Bloody Sunday inquiry.

Work highlights: Successfully quashed a conviction for sexual assault before the Court of Appeal.

Recently defended man with lower degree of responsibility due to psychiatric issues convicted of murder, receiving a 13-year life sentence tariff.

Notable practitioners: Peter Madden is a key contact.

What the team is known for: Represents a variety of claimants in judicial review challenges and public inquiries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: “They have a huge amount of expertise in this area. They have done hundreds of judicial reviews for individuals.”

Market standing: “They are serious players.”

Notable practitioners: The key contact is Peter Madden.

Significant clients: Families of the victims of Bloody Sunday.

“This ‘very well-known’ team continues to attract high-quality work. Historically known for its work on the Bloody Sunday inquiry, the team acts on both criminal defence work and wider matters regarding treatment of prisoners. Founding partner Peter Madden is a leading figure in the firm and heads its criminal department.”

“Madden & Finucane exclusively concentrates its public law practice on the representation of claimants. It represents a number of the families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday massacre. Peter Madden is a founding partner and key contact at the firm.”

“This group occupies an enviable market position for criminal defence, particularly in relation to civil liberties. Recent highlights include advising Frank Quigley, an individual accused of activities connected with the IRA. Firm founder Peter Madden supervises the criminal practice and is perhaps best known for his work on the Bloody Sunday inquiry.”

“Madden & Finucane is traditionally known for drawing on its strong criminal practice in pursuing judicial review actions against the state. It is also praised for its prisoner and human rights-related work. Peter Madden is a co-founder and key contact point at the firm.”

“Historically known for its involvement in the Bloody Sunday inquiry, this firm continues to impress observers with its high-quality handling of serious and complex cases. Sources value the firm’s impressive client care. Department head Peter Madden has been involved in some of the most serious criminal trials in Northern Ireland.”

“This public law team is best known for its experience in representing individuals in challenges to public authorities.”

“This group features frequently in trials, appeals and judicial reviews. The team is historically known for its involvement in the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and it is reported that the lawyers are maintaining the quality of work for which they have always been known. Peter Madden is a highly acclaimed criminal expert.”

“The public law team at Madden & Finucane focuses on the representation of individuals in challenges regarding human rights and policing, as well as data protection and freedom of information.”

“This high-quality team offers legal help at all stages of criminal proceedings for a broad range of cases. It is renowned for its work on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and is hugely respected in judicial reviews. The team is also experienced in prison law and actions against the police. Peter Madden is the driving force here.”

“Belfast-based Madden & Finucane has a respected administrative and public law department that offers advice on data protection, freedom of information issues, human rights and challenges to the decisions of public bodies. The firm has a leading claimant practice and represents applicants in high-profile judicial challenges.”

“This is a firm deeply respected for its work within all matters associated with crime, including prison law issues. Judicial reviews also remain a trump card after the team garnered much respect for its work on the Bloody Sunday inquiry. Actions against the police are an additional string to the firm’s bow. Peter Madden spearheads the team.”

“Madden & Finucane maintains its reputation for advising claimants on civil liberties, human rights, data protection, freedom of information issues and challenges to the decisions of public bodies.”

“Competitors stated they would quite happily refer criminal work to Madden & Finucane, due in part to the stellar reputation established by its work on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. Peter Madden is at the forefront of the practice and was described as an ‘extremely capable practitioner.'”

“Market observers confirm that ‘for applicant work, Madden & Finucane are always there, they have a clear strength’. The firm boasts one of the leading claimant practices and represents applicants in the highest profile judicial challenges.”

“Well-regarded team with extensive expertise in administrative and public law matters. Regularly represents claimants and other public bodies. Particular strengths in public inquiries and judicial reviews relating to police and prisoners’ rights. Also handles legacy and human rights-related issues.”

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