Solicitors in County Antrim
County Antrim is one of the six counties that form Northern Ireland, and is home to some 600,000 inhabitants. Northern Ireland’s capital city, Belfast, lies predominantly within the county, although it also has some parts which lie in neighbouring County Down. County Antrim includes several large towns including Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey, and the city of Lisburn.
The region is rich in heritage and history and is a primary site for tourists, who come in their droves to visit Bushmills, home to the legendary Irish Whiskey distillery and the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The economy of County Antrim is varied, reflecting the numerous opportunities available to businesses locating in the area. Belfast International Airport is located in County Antrim, attracting freight businesses and various supplementary industries to the area. The area is also well connected to Ireland via the Belfast to Dublin Corridor which begins in the County. In addition to tourism, the region has strong manufacturing industries, with Fujitsu, Caterpillar and Michelin all based in the County.
Court services in County Antrim
County Antrim has two main court centres based at Antrim and Ballymena. Both these centres host Crown, County and Magistrates Courts, dealing with all matters both criminal and civil. There are also Magistrates and County court services operating in Larne and Lisburn, and a Magistrates Court only at Newtownabbey.
Profile of solicitors in County Antrim
Given its rural profile, many of the solicitors in County Antrim are based in the main towns of Antrim, Ballymena, Larne, Lisburn and Newtownabbey. Solicitors in County Antrim generally fall into two categories, small and local or large and regional. The smaller local solicitors in County Antrim tend to focus on specific areas of law, such as personal injury or conveyancing. Some do not have websites, although all are listed on internet search engines. The larger regional solicitors in County Antrim tend to offer a broader range of services, which might include:
- Civil and commercial litigation
- Criminal matters
- Employment law
- Family law, divorce and separations
- Personal injury
- Professional negligence
- Wills, trusts and probate
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