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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.

Staff Profiles

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. He has also been involved in legacy cases from the conflict in which litigation against the state for its actions during the course of the conflict in the North of Ireland.

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. Michael 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 Michael has 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 both 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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Ciaran Kerr-Johnston, LL .B

Solictor

Ciaran graduated from University of Ulster Belfast with Honours in Law in 2017 and completed his solicitor training at Institute of Professional Legal Studies in 2019. He then undertook his apprenticeship specialising in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Judicial Review. Ciaran was also heavily involved in the Ballymurphy Inquest which heard almost 100 days of evidence, from more than 100 witnesses, including more than 60 former soldiers, more than 30 civilians, and experts in ballistics, pathology and civil engineering.

One area of practice in which Ciaran is involved is personal injury and he represents clients injured as a result of Road Traffic Accidents, accidents at work and tripping/slipping incidents. He regularly deals with High Court catastrophic injury claims involving paralysis, brain injury, loss of limbs and long term care. He is also involved in both County Court and High Court actions against various public and statutory authorities such as NIPS, Ministry of Defence and Secretary of State.

In addition, Ciaran also undertakes a wide range of public law and Judicial Review matters, challenging the decisions and failings of public authorities and set a legal precedent in this jurisdiction wherein he became the first solicitor to conduct a PACE Interview remotely via digital means, having raised a challenge against the PSNI on this basis.

Ciaran is Keen GAA player and currently represents County Antrim at senior level in Hurling.

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Ciarán Cunningham, BSc Hons, LLM

Legal Executive

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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