A day in the life of a paralegal

10th December 2018

Emma Jobes and Felicity Swift give an insight into their day at Ben Hoare Bell LLP: Our day usually starts with a battle with North East traffic! On getting to our desks we both spend time checking our emails, dealing with reminders and returning any telephone calls. We find it useful to spend this time making a […]

We live in a compensation culture – or do we?

7th December 2018

  We live in a compensation culture.  People will claim for anything these days.  The number of claims is going up and up and up all the time.  It is a disgrace and something should be done about it. Well – that is the story anyway.  And why let the facts get in the way […]

Independent Review of Mental Health Act

6th December 2018

An 18-month Independent Review into the Mental Health Act 1983 has released some of its recommendations today. The proposed changes include: New rights for patients to legally challenge their treatment More frequent opportunities to challenge detention Legally binding advanced care plans so patients can express how they want to be treated if they are sectioned […]

Good Divorce Week Continues

29th November 2018

This week is ‘Good Divorce Week’, which is a campaign run by Resolution focussing on minimising conflict during a divorce and putting children’s needs first. Resolution is the national organisation for family lawyers, committed to a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Divorce At present, divorce law in England and Wales says unless you have been […]

Flexible Hours in the Court

20th November 2018

There is to be a pilot for the idea of flexible operating hours in the civil and family courts. The trial will take place in courts in Manchester and Brentford in spring of 2019 and will last 6 months. If the effects of flexible operating hours are felt to be beneficial then no doubt the […]

Police Officer Convicted of Rape

On 15 November 2018 Police Officer Ian Naude, 30, was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of raping a 13 year old girl. The rape took place in his car. He filmed it on his mobile phone and footage of the attack was played to the jury. During his 2 week trial, Naude denied rape and […]

Accused of criminal offence

7th November 2018

Question: My son has been accused of assaulting his partner. Every time they fall out she makes false allegations, she has even admitted it to the police before. He doesn’t have Legal Aid and he hasn’t received any paperwork about his trial, which is next month. How do we prove that she is a liar? […]

Police Officer was sex pest

5th November 2018

Former Cleveland Police Officer Detective Inspector Simon Hurwood had eight allegations of gross misconduct and eight more of misconduct upheld recently before a disciplinary hearing in Middlesbrough. It is reported the Police Disciplinary Panel were told Mr Hurwood preyed upon younger women who were having problems in their personal lives and had full sexual contact […]

Family home following separation

Question: I have been considering separating from my partner of 15 years for quite some time now as I believe our marriage has broken down. However, I have never spoken to my partner about this as I have a number of concerns and my main worry is the house as I do not know what […]

Struggling to pay rent

1st November 2018

Question: I rent from a private landlord. I have been struggling to meet my rent payments recently as I am on zero hour contract, and my income varies.  As a result some rent arrears have built up.  My landlord has started harassing me and threatening me that he is going to come and change my […]

BHB opens Middlesbrough office

31st October 2018

We are very excited to announce that Ben Hoare Bell LLP has opened an office in Middlesbrough. We already have offices in Gateshead, Sunderland and Newcastle so having an office in Middlesbrough will give us the opportunity to offer our specialist services to more people in the North East. We are looking forward to meeting […]

Newcastle University Revenge Porn

I had only just finished writing an article for our website about the disturbing case of photos of Sunderland women being circulated on the internet, when the case of Jefferson Young came to my attention. Jefferson Young, 21, of Jesmond Road, Newcastle was reported to have pleaded guilty to an offence of stalking between May […]

Sunderland Explicit Photos

29th October 2018

On 24 October 2018 the BBC reported that an explicit file of women’s photos was being shared online.  The link has been published on various social media sites and named the women, all of whom are stated to be from the Sunderland area. Northumbria Police are investigating a report of malicious communication concerning the explicit […]

Civil Liability Bill

26th October 2018

About the Civil Liability Bill – subject close to my heart. (You remember – that is the bill that says “injured person – forget about going to court and just suffer in silence”). Below is something said by a politician quoted in the Law Society Gazette this week – a magazine for lawyers. “Speaking for […]

Medomsley Detention Centre Update

25th October 2018

Criminal proceedings against several former officers of Medomsley Detention Centre are ongoing at Teesside Crown Court. John McGee, Brian Johnson Greenwell, and Neil Sowerby who face charges of misconduct in a public office, physical abuse and sexual offences are due to stand Trial in November 2018. At Ben Hoare Bell we represent a large number […]

Ben Hoare Bell Named Law Firm of the Year!

We are delighted to say that Ben Hoare Bell LLP has been named ‘Law Firm of the Year – Medium’ at this year’s prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards. The awards took place at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Wednesday 17 October 2018. The ceremony was a great success – around 1000 people attended and […]

North East Cyclist Jailed

On 23 October 2018 Paul Gallon, 37, was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting causing Grievous Bodily Harm when he rode his mountain bike into a couple in Whitley Bay in the North East in November 2016. Gallon had a 3 month relationship with Holly Blake which ended 5 weeks before the attack. After […]

Morrisons Lose Data Leak Appeal

23rd October 2018

On 22 October 2018 the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision of the High Court holding the Morrison Supermarket chain liable for the actions of its former employee Andrew Skelton. Andrew Skelton, then a Senior Internal Auditor at Morrisons Bradford Headquarters, leaked payroll data in 2014.  He was jailed for 8 years in 2015 […]

Woman sues rapist for compensation

18th October 2018

A woman has won £80,000 in damages after suing her rapist in the Civil Courts.   For legal reasons the woman cannot be named.  She stated she was raped after a night out in St Andrews by Stephen Coxen whom she had met earlier in the evening.  Criminal proceedings were pursued against Mr Coxen.  He […]

Sensationalising Medical Negligence Payouts

17th October 2018

The Times missed the point and had no balance to its article published on 15 October 2018 titled ‘NHS payouts to disabled children reach £100 million in a day. The NHS only has itself to blame for failing to learn from mistakes. These claims will have taken many years to reach approval so sensationalising £100m […]

LASPO Review

15th October 2018

In August 2018 we hosted a Law Society focus group. The Law Society has been preparing a submission to the Ministry of Justice’s Post-Implementation Review of Part 1 of LASPO. The focus group included some of our own solicitors as well as other legal practitioners from the North East. LASPO – short for the Legal Aid, […]

BHB supports North East cheerleaders

Ben Hoare Bell LLP is proud to support a local cheerleader from North East Cheer Allstars. Two of their teams have qualified to represent the UK at the world’s largest cheerleading competition in Florida. The group continue to raise money for their trip to the US next year. Some of you may have seen them […]

Richard looks at recent legal issues

10th October 2018

Ben Hoare Bell LLP Partner Richard Hardy offers a round up of recent issues in the legal world. Let’s start with David Beckham.  Charged with speeding at 59mph in a 40mph zone.  He contested the case on what was reported as a technicality. In brief for a successful prosecution many traffic offences require a Notice […]

Morrisons Data Leak Compensation

9th October 2018

Today the Court of Appeal will hear a case brought by thousands of Morrisons’ staff arising from a data leak in 2014. Morrisons appealed a finding by the High Court last year that the supermarket was liable for a data breach carried out by Andrew Skelton, then a senior internal auditor at Morrisons headquarters.  He […]

Northumbria Police Apologise

2nd October 2018

  It was reported by the BBC on 12 September 2018 that Northumbria Police had apologised after the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) had stated two Northumbria Police Officers had cases to answer for misconduct and another had performed unsatisfactorily following the murder of Alice Ruggles in October 2016. Alice Ruggles was murdered by […]