Suing for Abusive Comments made on the Internet

29th April 2015

My firm started in 1978 and has represented tens of thousands of people.  My partners and I are constantly striving to improve the service we deliver. Client feedback is extremely important.  Fair criticism if justified is entirely valid.  Having spent years at my firm building up and fostering good client relations I very much want […]

‘Revenge Porn’ Becomes Criminal Offence

28th April 2015

On 13th April 2015 parts of the Criminal Justice & Courts Act 2015 came into force making “revenge porn” a criminal offence.  A conviction can lead to a prison sentence of up to two years and a fine. What is revenge porn? It is the disclosure of a “private sexual photograph or film” without the […]

Legal Advice Byker Shortlisted for Award

27th April 2015

‘Legal Advice Byker’ is a pro bono legal advice scheme which we run with Northumbria University. The project has recently completed its fourth year and ran for a total of 10 weeks. The Student Law Office at Northumbria University arranges for its LPC students to attend our Byker office each week. Students then meet a member […]

Consent to Treatment

14th April 2015

Although increasingly under fire it had long been established that any examination of the adequacy of a doctor’s advice or warnings about treatment to a patient is assessed according to the standards of what a reasonable medical professional in the same position would have done. Following a Supreme Court decision in which 7 law Lords […]

#LegalAidTeam Video Launched Today

13th April 2015

A short animated film about the impacts of the cuts to legal aid has launched today. A number of celebrities have provided voice overs for the superhero characters in the film, including Maxine Peake, Joanna Lumley, Kevin Eldon, Simon Callow and Sally Hawkins. The film has been organised by the Justice Alliance and was published […]

The Future of the Legal Practice Course

8th April 2015

Ben Hoare Bell paralegal Ronagh Craddock looks at the future of the Legal Practice Course. I joined the Newcastle and North East Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) committee in October 2014 and attended my first national meeting the following January. The national meeting is a gathering in London of representatives from regional JLD committees across England […]

‘Operation Seabrook’ – Medomsley

Durham Constabulary has now been contacted by over 1000 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre. Victims report that they were physically and sexually abused by members of staff at the detention centre between the 1960s and 1980s. The investigation named ‘Operation Seabrook’ is now the biggest investigation into child abuse in the UK. As part […]