The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

21st February 2019

The┬áHomes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (HFHHA) comes into force on 20 March 2019 and will amend the┬áLandlord and Tenant Act 1985. It will require all Landlords to ensure that the homes they let are fit for human habitation. The HFHHA introduces an obligation into tenancy agreements that the property is both fit for […]

Former Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Investigated

20th February 2019

On 17 January 2019 the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) alleging Mike Veale, a former Chief Constable of Cleveland Police had behaved inappropriately and acted in a discriminatory manner. The IOPC oversee the Police complaint system in England and Wales. It is understood […]

Police Officers accused of having sex on duty

18th February 2019

A gross misconduct hearing has been listed in respect of allegations made concerning Police Officers alleged to have engaged in sexual activity whilst on duty. The Independent Office for Public Office (IOPC) investigated the claims that a Chief Inspector with Sussex Police met a woman he knew to be a former victim of domestic violence […]

Police Custody: Understanding your Rights

Being arrested is a scary experience however it is important to remember that whilst in police custody you do have a range of legal rights to protect you from misconduct by the police holding you. These rights are essential in keeping you safe whilst in custody and if you believe any of these rights have […]

Charged with a criminal offence?

14th February 2019

What you need to know about Criminal Law For many people being accused of a criminal offence is most likely an unfamiliar and highly stressful situation. Whether you’ve been accused of shoplifting or your business has been associated with fraud and other illegal wrongdoings, it can be a scary and unpredictable time for everyone involved. […]

Will Brexit stop my divorce?

13th February 2019

Question: I will have been separated from my husband for 2 years in April 2019. We had been married for 5 years before we separated. We were married in the UK and both still live in the UK. I had previously taken legal advice about applying for a divorce and when I had discussed the […]

Cris McCurley on the draft Domestic Abuse Bill

8th February 2019

You may have read about the new draft Domestic Abuse Bill. Family Law expert and Ben Hoare Bell LLP Partner Cris McCurley has been speaking about her views on the draft Bill and how this may impact victims and organisations. Among other things Cris has recently spoken to the Legal Action Group magazine. She was […]

First FGM Conviction in the UK

7th February 2019

On Friday 1st February 2019 a woman become the first person in the UK to have been found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM). The case involved a Ugandan woman and her Ghanaian husband who took their three year old daughter to hospital with severe bleeding following what they claimed to be an incident where […]

Compensation for Wrongful Detention

5th February 2019

High Court awards damages for wrongful detention of an incapable patient after several breaches of the Mental Capacity Act by an NHS Trust Christiana Esegbona was a 68-year-old lady who was independent and self-caring when she was admitted to Kings College Hospital with shortness of breath on 19 October 2010. She was fit for discharge […]

How to de-ice your car (legally)

4th February 2019

Unfortunately those cold frost mornings are back. Those of us up early and driving to work are often faced with having to scrape car windows. It can be tempting to clear just enough windscreen to see before driving off and letting the car heater defrost the rest. Obviously this is far from a good idea. […]

Police Officer under Investigation

1st February 2019

The Police Complaints system in England and Wales is overseen by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). On 29 January 2019 the IOPC announced an investigation was underway into the conduct of a Police Officer who allegedly failed over a period of 20 months to circulate images of a suspect connected to an acid […]