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 […]

Was Brexiteer sentence over-egged?

29th March 2019

John Murphy admitted egging Corbyn during his visit to an Islington Mosque on 3 March 2019. As he threw the egg, Murphy repeatedly shouted “respect the vote”. He was charged with an offence of assault by beating (an offence involving the application of unlawful force to another) following the incident, where he pleaded guilty and […]

Police officer guilty of gross misconduct for using excessive force

21st March 2019

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) published details about a Police misconduct hearing which took place on 15 March 2019.  A Northamptonshire Police Officer was found guilty of gross misconduct (a disciplinary matter for which an Officer can be dismissed from the Force) after it was found he used excessive force and abusive language […]

Our call for public inquiry into abuse at Medomsley

19th March 2019

Ben Hoare Bell solicitors represent over 300 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre.  Following the recent conviction of five former employees of the detention centre in relation to physical abuse, 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 […]

Manchester City Football Club Compensation Scheme

14th March 2019

On 12 March 2019 Manchester City Football Club announced they have set up a redress scheme for victims of child sex abuse. The scheme has arisen after former youth coach, Barry Bennell, was convicted last year of abusing 12 youth players for which he received a 31 year prison sentence. The offences were committed between […]

BBC to air Medomsley Detention Centre Abuse programme

13th March 2019

The BBC will tonight air a programme detailing an in-depth investigation into the physical abuse and sexual abuse which occurred at Medomsley Detention Centre between the 1960s and 1980s. Durham Constabulary continues to conduct a large scale criminal investigation into abuse which took place at Medomsley. As part of the investigation over 1600 former inmates […]

Former Medomsley Detention Centre Officers Convicted

12th March 2019

Five former officers of Medomsley Detention Centre have been convicted of physically abusing inmates. Three Trials took place at Teesside Crown Court between September 2018 and March 2019. The trial judge HHJ Crowson today lifted reporting restrictions. Christopher Onslow, John McGee, Brian Johnson Greenwell (nicknamed ‘Puppet’), Alan Bramley (nicknamed ‘Bong Eye’) and Kevin Blakey (nicknamed […]

Newcastle Rape trial collapses due to Police failings

Reporting restrictions were lifted allowing news to emerge on 7 March 2019 of the collapse of an 8 week trial before Newcastle Crown Court which started in January 2019. The trial arose from Northumbria Police’s Operation Optic.  Three trials were due to take place in total.  One woman and thirteen men denied charges against them […]

‘Legal Aid at 70’ Conference

The Legal Action Group is hosting a conference on Friday 5 April 2019. The conference will mark the contribution that civil legal aid has made to the development of the law over the last 70 years. Lady Hale will deliver the keynote speech. Ben Hoare Bell LLP Partner and Family Solicitor Cris McCurley will be […]

Cris McCurley speaks on Radio Essex

Ben Hoare Bell LLP Partner and Family Solicitor Cris McCurley has appeared again on Radio Essex. Cris was interviewed to discuss anonymity in domestic abuse cases. You can listen to her interview by following this link to the BBC Sounds website. Cris starts at 1:08:00.

Kent County Council Adoption Data Breach

1st March 2019

Contact details of hundreds of adoptive parents have been disclosed in an email sent by a member of staff at Kent County Council. It is understood the email was sent to approximately 300 adoptive parents and some support workers. Kent County Council has apologised to those parents whose details were subject to the data breach. […]