Suspended lawyer vows to fight move by solicitors’ body
A Londonderry lawyer has vowed to fight for her career after she was suspended from practice.
Hilary Carmichael has had her practice in the Waterside and in Ballymoney taken over by the Law Society.
It remains unclear exactly why she has been suspended, and a spokesman for the Law Society would only confirm the move.
He said: “Ms Carmichael’s Practising Certificate has been suspended and the Society has taken control of her practice.
“Clients of Hilary Carmichael Solicitor should contact the firm as normal.
“If they have any problems they should contact the Law Society thereafter.”
In a statement to the Press, Ms Carmichael said she intended to fight the suspension.
She said: “I intend to fight this suspension with every ounce of energy I have.
“I am a fine lawyer and I have worked tirelessly to protect the rights of the vulnerable.”
Ms Carmichael was one of two solicitors representing victims and relatives at a public inquiry into the outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C-diff) in Northern Trust hospitals, the findings of which were published in March this year.
Her company has also acted on behalf of victims of institutional abuse for many years.
The firm has been campaigning to have a public inquiry established over the issue.
Ms Carmichaelhas been qualified for over 20 years and has been involved in many high-profile cases, including a recent legal challenge involving Facebook and the publication of images. She is recognised as a leading lawyer in family law and has acted in many complex and high-value ancillary relief cases. She is recognised for a wide-ranging legal experience and ability to negotiate legal solutions, and has acted for a number of international jurisdiction cases.