The Firm was established in 2018 having been previously founded Michael Brentnall Solicitors in 2016. Since this, Brentnall Legal Solicitors have grown dramatically and have developed an enviable reputation in providing dedicated and client-focused legal services.
Michael Brentnall, BA MssC MlegSci
Director / Solicitor
Michael graduated from Queen’s University in Belfast in 2000 with Modern History & Politics before commencing a Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Management which he completed in 2001. In 2011 Michael went on to graduate with a Master’s degree in Law qualifying as a solicitor at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in 2013.
Michael’s main areas of expertise are Criminal law, Judicial Review and civil litigation including injunctions in both the County Court and High Court.
In relation to criminal law Michael is regularly representing clients in arrests and interviews under PACE and the Terrorism Act, and that representation continues in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. Brentnall Legal Limited currently has currently criminal cases in all levels of the Criminal Courts.
Michael has significant experience in Judicial review proceedings against state bodies, ranging from the PSNI to the Housing Executive along with the Parades Commission and the British Home Secretary, including cases which have gone before the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal, the highest courts in this jurisdiction. Currently Brentnall Legal Limited have a significant number of cases before the Judicial Review court, Divisional Court and Court of Appeal, including AS1 v PSNI a most notable case which concerns an appeal on the videoing of children during a search under the Justice & Security Act and Terrorism Act.
Furthermore Michael has initiated injunctive proceedings in the High Court most notably against Facebook and the PSNI, in what were landmark cases, and in the County Court against individuals on behalf of clients under Protection from Harassment legislation.
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Sean McDermott, LL .B
Sean graduated from Queens University Belfast with Honours in Law in 2005 and completed his solicitor training at The University of Law, Chester in 2007. He then undertook his apprenticeship specialising in personal injury and civil litigation before qualifying as a solicitor in 2012.
Sean’s main area of practice is personal injury and he has over a decade of experience representing clients injured as a result of Road Traffic Accidents, accidents at work and tripping/slipping incidents. He regularly deals with catastrophic injury claims involving paralysis, brain injury, loss of limbs and long term care. Sean has a particular interest in medical negligence litigation and has been involved in a number of landmark cases concerning issues arising at birth and failure to diagnose.
Sean has developed a strong reputation in recovering the maximum amount of compensation for his clients whilst also taking the stress out of traumatic and often life changing events to make the process as smooth as possible.
Sean also has a background in debt recovery and insolvency matters. He frequently acts for clients who are defending/pursuing claims for debt at both County Court and High Court level or individuals facing bankruptcy/repossession proceedings.
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Ciarán Cunningham, BSc Hons, LLM
Ciarán qualified with a master’s degree in Law from Queen’s University Belfast in 2016, having previously gained an Honour’s degree in Social Policy and qualifying as a Tribunal Representative from the University of Staffordshire in 2009.
A former full time professional with Citizen’s Advice Bureau, he now works extensively on personal injury cases, ‘troubles’ legacy cases, civil actions, and wrongful arrests. With a popular reputation for showing personal compassion towards his clients, Ciarán is known for fighting tooth and nail in order to secure their rightful entitlement.
With extensive experience in the field of Road Traffic Accidents, accidents at work and in public places, he also has a particularly successful track record at Social Security Appeals, securing in excess of £1 Million pounds in benefits entitlement for his clients during more than ten years of practice.
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