Police baton attack caught on camera

30th April 2019

The IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct) who oversee Police complaints in England and Wales are independently investigating an incident on 22 April 2019 when a Police Officer used his baton during the arrest of a 17 year old. Part of the incident was filmed by a member of the public and shared on social […]

The Future of Divorce Law

29th April 2019

At present the law on divorce is governed by Section 1 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. To proceed with a Divorce Petition you must prove that your marriage has ‘broken down irretrievably’. To prove this you must establish one out of the five supporting facts; adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, two years separation with consent […]

Northumbria Police Officer Jailed for harassment and misconduct

A Northumbria Police Officer was jailed recently for 18 months after admitting the offence of misconduct in public office at a hearing before Newcastle Crown Court.  The Officer, Jonathan Layzell also pleaded guilty to harassment of an ex-partner. The misconduct offence arose after a woman called the Police in December 2016 to report her mobile […]

Former Northumbria Police Officer faces jail

25th April 2019

Jon Snaith, a former Northumbria Police Officer, has been told a Prison sentence is more or less “inevitable” after he admitted offering to supply cocaine and corruption. At a recent hearing before Newcastle Crown Court he admitted failing to report criminal conduct of others to obtain personal benefits for himself which included drugs and sexual […]

Medomsley Detention Centre Update

24th April 2019

We are now instructed by over 400 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre. In total over 1600 former inmates have made reports to Durham Constabulary about the physical and sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of prison officers during the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. Five former prison officers of Medomsley Detention Centre have now […]

Funding for Representation at Inquests

Most people will never meet their local Coroner or indeed may have even heard of them. Perhaps you may have read a report in a local newspaper outlining the conclusion he or she reached following an investigation into the circumstances of someone’s death. Occasionally an investigation will receive more publicity when it involves multiple fatalities […]

Two more former Medomsley prison officers jailed

18th April 2019

Earlier this month we reported that three former prison officers of Medomsley Detention Centre were jailed after being found guilty of physically abusing inmates (link). The former officers were: Christopher Onslow: guilty of five counts of physical abuse and two counts of misconduct in a public office. Received an eight and a half year prison […]

Chronicle reports on missed opportunities in Medomsley abuse

17th April 2019

We are now instructed by over 400 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre. On top of this more than 1300 former inmates have also reported abuse – both physical and sexual. In recent weeks five former employees of Medomsley Detention Centre have been convicted and are in the process of being sentenced. It has become […]

Footballer settles with law firm over advice given on rape case

It was reported that on 4 April 2019 Footballer Ched Evans agreed a settlement in the region of £800,000 with Manchester Firm Brabners over its handling of a rape case that resulted in Ched Evans being jailed but then later cleared following an appeal. Evans who now plays for League 1 Fleetwood Town previously played […]

Metro Radio report on our call for Medomsley public inquiry

16th April 2019

We represent over 400 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre.  Following the recent conviction of five former employees of the detention centre in relation to physical abuse, we believe a public inquiry is the only means by which our clients and substantially more than 1300 other inmates and the community can be reassured that these […]

Major Changes to Divorce Law

Last week the Justice Secretary, David Gauke, announced a new law to help reduce family conflict and make changes to the 50 year old divorce system in the UK. At the moment, couples that want to get a divorce have to prove that a marriage has broken down irretrievably, evidence ‘unreasonable behaviour’ or show that there […]

Northumbria Police Officer gets job back after racist rant

15th April 2019

On 25 March 2019 it was reported P.C. Katie Barrett, a Northumbria Police Officer, was given her job back.  She was previously sacked by the Police after a Northumbria Police night out in 2017.  As she waited to be served in a take away she said “I wish these f****** p**** would hurry up with […]

Chronicle backs our call for a public inquiry into Medomsley abuse

11th April 2019

We represent over 400 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre. Following the recent conviction of five former employees of the detention centre in relation to physical abuse, we believe a public inquiry is the only means by which our clients and substantially more than 1300 other inmates and the community can be reassured that these […]

Celebrating 70 years of Legal Aid

10th April 2019

It was a real honour to share a platform with Lady Hale at the Legal Action Group Conference last week. We were on a panel discussing achievements, landmarks and omissions over the last 5 years in the legal aid world.  Lady Hale opened with the keynote speech which she began by apologising that it has taken the […]

Former Medomsley Detention Centre Officers Jailed

4th April 2019

Three former prison officers have received prison sentences after being found guilty of physically abusing inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre. Christopher Onslow who was found guilty of five counts of physical abuse and two counts of misconduct in a public office received an eight and a half year prison sentence. John McGee who was found […]

BHB Trainee gains Mental Health accreditation

Congratulations to Sarah Purkis who is the latest member of the Mental Health team to be accredited as a member of the Law Society Mental Health Scheme following a challenging interview at the Law Society in London. Sarah has a longstanding interest in mental health law having studied it at university. Sarah is a Trainee […]

New Ben Hoare Bell Partners

We are delighted to announce that four of our experienced solicitors have become salaried partners. Katrina Pescott, Jude Grange and Gillie Robson joined Ben Hoare Bell at various times as qualified and experienced Family law solicitors. All three are accredited members of the Law Society Children Panel. They represent children, parents and other family members […]

Who is the Attorney General and what does he do?

3rd April 2019

Brexit is in the news a lot at present – particularly some legal aspects of it. In a vote in the House of Commons a couple of weeks ago MPs looked at a legal opinion written by the Attorney General. Who is the Attorney General and what does he do? Why does his opinion matter? […]

BHB supports domestic abuse service ‘My Sisters Place’

2nd April 2019

Ben Hoare Bell are thrilled to be sponsoring local Teesside Domestic Abuse Charity, My Sisters Place. My Sisters Place is an independent specialist domestic abuse service for women aged 16 and over who are based in the centre of Middlesbrough and offer confidential support to victims of domestic abuse. Ben Hoare Bell had a great […]

Courts announce ‘crack down scheme’ on guilty pleas

HMCTS has announced a ‘crack down scheme’ on guilty pleas on the day of trial in the Magistrates Court. The scheme will operate in all courts in the Thames Valley area and includes a number of steps to encourage those accused of criminal offences to plead guilty at an earlier stage in proceedings. One very […]