See also Legal Aid
John J McNally & Co have been providing legal representation in the Police Stations, Criminal Courts and Prisons of Northern Ireland for 84 years. The Criminal Department is currently headed by Director, Stephen Atherton, who is assisted by Maeve McNally. Maeve is the daughter of the former principal of the firm and current District Judge, Liam McNally.
We provide the following services to any citizen who comes into contact with the Criminal Justice System:
Legal Aid may be available to fund representation within any of the above courts, dependant on financial means.
In recent years, we at John J. McNally & Co have led the way in protecting the privacy and right to life of several high profile prisoners in situations where their personal safety has been compromised by the actions of the tabloid press. The successful rehabilitation and integration of prisoners back into society has come under threat recently with a number of prisoners being targeted and harassed by certain publications. We have been at the forefront of successful challenges within the High Court in circumstances where the tabloid press have sought to publish photographs of prisoners who are on the cusp of release, thereby endangering the safety of the prisoner and undermining the considerable efforts of various agencies towards rehabilitate.
A case recently reported can be found via the following link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27153435
The Legal Secretary within our Criminal Department is Pauline Young. Please contact Pauline for a free, no obligation consultation with either Stephen or Maeve.