About Life Law NI


Life Law NI was set up in 2015 – its aim is to provide both information and a forum for discussion on all legal matters surrounding family life, from the cradle to the grave.

Who We Are

We are experienced legal practitioners who work in the Belfast based firm of Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors.



I’m Claire Edgar

I qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and head up the Divorce and Family Law department in Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors.   My interests include rowing and being a part-time taxi driver for my two wonderful children.  My passion is people – hearing their stories and trying to help them.


I’m Karen Connolly.KCnewweb

I’m a born and bred Belfast girl and have been working as an solicitor in Northern Ireland since 2006. I have been part of the Family Law team at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors since 2010.  Sharing knowledge and experience in my particular areas of practice with those who need it is a very rewarding way to spend each working day and it is never a chore to come to work as a result.

We believe that the law should be easily accessible for everyone.  In our blog, we try wherever possible to avoid legal jargon to help you understand the law which affects all our lives.

We hope to keep you informed on a variety of legal issues which may affect you and your family, including:-

Since we set up Life Law NI in June 2015, we have enjoyed really positive feedback and our followers continue to grow organically.  We are also thrilled to be the only Northern Ireland blog to be listed on Venables Top 100 Legal blogs UK & Ireland

We feature blogs from other solicitors in Francis Hanna and Co and other professionals. Through our Life Supports section, we signpost support organisations who may be able to help you solve any legal problems you encounter through the journey of life. We also created a LifeBites section called  which aims to keep you informed on interesting topics that have been in the news and media recently.

In a nutshell, we hope that the legal information we provide on our blog can help navigate you through some of life’s challenges.

We are keen to get your comments and feedback on how you find the blog. Please also let us know if there are any particular topics you would like information on…we will help if we can!

To get regular updates on our posts, please click the ‘follow’ link.

And don’t forget to spread the word! Tweet, like, post, share on Facebook…we want as many people as possible to be able to access straightforward legal information.

Claire & Karen



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