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 […]

Ben Hoare Bell Named Law Firm of the Year!

25th October 2018

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 […]

Ben Hoare Bell’s New Office

2nd August 2018

Ben Hoare Bell LLP has now completed their move to new premises in Sunderland city centre. The new bigger and better office is 19 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1JQ. Please note that we have now moved out of 47 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1QU and 2/3 South Terrace, Southwick, Sunderland, SR5 2AW. We still offer […]

BHB shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year

1st August 2018

We are delighted to say that Ben Hoare Bell LLP has been shortlisted for ‘Law Firm of the Year’ by the national Law Society. The prestigious Law Society Excellence awards take place every year in London and we are thrilled to be one of the lucky firms to be nominated. You will recall that Ben […]

Hate Crime Awareness Week: LGBT Hate Crime

12th October 2016

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016 started on Saturday 8 October and will run until this Saturday 15 October. During the week organisations across the country will get involved and raise awareness about hate crime. This year is likely to see a surge in activity because since the EU Referendum result in June, reported hate […]

World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2016

10th October 2016

Monday 10 October 2016 marks World Mental Health Day which is observed on the same day every year with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues. The theme this year is “psychological first aid” which covers both psychological and social support particularly relating to people who find themselves in a helping role such […]

Collaborative Family Law Week Day 5

7th October 2016

Day 5 of Collaborative Family Law Week is about being future focused. “What does the future look like for me?” It’s inevitable that divorce will feel like the end of something, but the way you divorce can help you see a way forward and feel instead that you are approaching the start of something new. […]

Collaborative Family Law Week Day 4

6th October 2016

Day 4 of Collaborative Family Law Week is about maintaining dignity. “Is there ever really such a thing as a dignified divorce?” It is said that bad divorces never end; the conflict goes on forever and can affect families and friends – not to mention the separated couple themselves – for years to come. So […]

Collaborative Family Law Week Day 3

5th October 2016

 Day 3 of Collaborative Family Law Week is about keeping control.  “I feel powerless” – how to stay in control of your separation One of the things we hear a lot as lawyers when couples are divorcing is that they feel powerless, and not in control of what’s happening to them. Letting a court decide […]

Collaborative Family Law Week Day 2

4th October 2016

Day 2 of Collaborative Family Law Week is about staying out of court. “I only want what’s fair. But who decides?” If you presented the same information to six different people and asked for their opinion, what are the chances that their responses would all be the same? The same applies when it comes to […]

Collaborative Law Week 2016

30th September 2016

The popular press have recently devoted many column inches to the celebrity divorce of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Coverage such as this tends to give the impression that relationship breakdowns are confrontational and problematic. However, this need not be the case. Here at Ben Hoare Bell our Family Lawyers promote a conciliatory and non-confrontational […]

A Busy Day for Trainees at Ben Hoare Bell

19th September 2016

Today is a busy day at Ben Hoare Bell as new Trainee Solicitors commence their training and existing Trainee Solicitors move to new departments. Anthony Lowes is new to the firm and starts his Period of Recognised Training with existing Ben Hoare Bell Paralegals Sarah Grieve and Victoria Chatterton. Sarah and Victoria have worked at […]

BHB Partner becomes Full Time District Judge

30th August 2016

As of 1st September 2016 Kate Meek, head of our criminal law department, is taking up a role as full time District Judge working in the criminal courts. Kate will be sorely missed after 15 years or more service at the firm. The judiciary will be greatly enhanced by her addition to its ranks. We […]

Applications Open for 2017 Trainee Solicitor

16th August 2016

The application process for a Trainee Solicitor position is now open. The successful applicant will commence their training in September 2017. The aim of the position to produce and present (under supervision) high quality work on behalf of the client. This is developed through an in-depth experience and understanding of the practical aspects of different […]

Northern Law Awards a Big Success for Ben Hoare Bell!

24th June 2016

Last night we attended the very glamorous Northern Law Awards at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle upon Tyne. The whole event was excellent and it was great to get together with other North East legal professionals. Congratulations to all of the brilliant professionals and organisations that won awards and of course to all those nominated. The night […]

Ben Hoare Bell Shortlisted for Four Awards

6th April 2016

We are delighted to announce that Ben Hoare Bell has been shortlisted for four awards at this year’s Northern Law Awards Eilish Ferry-Kennington – Trainee of the Year Eilish has been shortlisted for ‘Trainee of the Year’. Eilish has worked at Ben Hoare Bell for nearly 5 years, starting as a part time administrative assistant in […]

Cris wins award for ‘Honour Based Violence’

14th March 2016

On Thursday 10th March Cris McCurley attended a special awards ceremony in London. The ceremony was held by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (also known as ‘IKWRO’). The organisation presented awards to people who have contributed to the fight against ‘honour’ based violence. Cris was honoured to be included in the nominees and […]

Mark Harrison is President of Newcastle Law Society

3rd March 2016

Ben Hoare Bell Partner and Family Solicitor Mark Harrison was elected President of the Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society on 29th February 2016. Mark will now represent over 1000 solicitors in the Newcastle area on behalf of the Newcastle Law Society, established in 1826. Mark has been a family lawyer in the North East for over […]

Adam Johnson Convicted of Sexual Activity with a Child

Gerry Scott, a Criminal Solicitor at Ben Hoare Bell LLP, discusses some of the questions being asked about the recent court case and conviction of Adam Johnson. What did the Jury find? We will never have access to the contents of the jury deliberations. We do know however that the former SAFC player was convicted […]

Police Sack Detective

23rd February 2016

On 11 February 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reported that a Merseyside Police Officer who pleaded guilty to five counts of misconduct in public office had been dismissed from the Force. DC Michael McMillan made persistent contact with victims of crime for his own sexual purposes. On 11 February 2016 following a misconduct […]

Joint Enterprise Wrongly Interpreted for 30 Years

19th February 2016

You may have seen there has been a lot of media coverage since yesterday about a change in the law about “joint enterprise”. This article hopefully helps to explain what has happened. If you think you have been or may be affected by this issue or this judgement and want to discuss it then please do […]

Victory On Domestic Violence Evidence

18th February 2016

Rights of Women win significant victory over the Government at the Court of Appeal on Legal Aid Domestic Violence Evidence Requirements. In the August 2015 roundup I wrote about the ongoing issues with Legal Aid and domestic violence regulations both at a national level and at an international level with the United Nations CEDAW Committee. […]

Police Officer Charged With Sexual Assault

15th February 2016

On 8th February 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reported a Police Officer was due to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of misconduct in public office following an IPCC investigation. The Crown Prosecution Service authorised charges against PC Steven Walters from the West Midlands […]

Ronagh Commences JFF Training Contract Today

11th January 2016

In 2015 we were contacted by the Justice First Fellowship scheme, part of the Legal Education Foundation. The Justice First Fellowship scheme was established to support the next generation of students committed to public interest and social justice issues who want to pursue a career in social welfare law. This includes areas such as health […]

IPCC Investigate Death in Police Custody

7th January 2016

On 25 December 2015 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation into the actions of Suffolk Police following the death of a man in Police custody.  The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is a public body which oversees the Police complaints system in England & Wales and sets the standards by which the […]