Public Accounts Committee Investigate Police Workload

30th September 2015

Public Accounts Committee Investigate Police’s workload resulting in cuts on other Government departments. On 18 September 2015 the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report on the financial sustainability of Police Forces in England and Wales. Click here to read a copy of the report. Among many recommendations it is interesting to note […]

Alleged historical corruption in Met Police

29th September 2015

It was reported by the IPCC on 17 September 2015 that they will manage a further 12 investigations detailing allegations of corruption in the Metropolitan Police Service and one allegation detailing corruption in Essex Police.  All allegations relate to child sex offences dating from the 1970s to the 2000s. These 12 cases are in addition […]

£4,000 Pay Out Over Police Toilet Row

25th September 2015

A football supporter Kieth Culvin pursued Greater Manchester Police over his arrest for allegedly assaulting a Police Officer after a match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in 2013. Mr Culvin received £4,000 after allegedly settling a false arrest claim sparked by a row over fans being allowed access to the toilet. Click […]

New Female Genital Mutilation Provisions

21st September 2015

Ben Hoare Bell Partner Cris McCurley has provided a helpful overview on the new provisions for Female Genital Mutilation (also known as FGM). Female Genital Mutilation is a growing concern both inside and outside the UK. Therefore the Serious Crime Act 2015 introduced several provisions to tackle the practice of FGM. One of the provisions is the […]

Youth Summit is a Big Success! Next Stop New York…

Ben Hoare Bell young lawyer Ronagh successfully hosted the Youth Summit earlier this month at the Department for International Development. Hundreds of young people attended the event from across the UK and from other countries. Ronagh will now travel to New York as one of two official UK Youth Delegates. She will take the feedback and […]

BHB Partner Appointed as a Deputy District Judge

14th September 2015

Ben Hoare Bell Partner and Family Law specialist Clare Davies has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge. Clare rose through the ranks at Ben Hoare Bell. She trained with the firm from 1992 and qualified in 1994. 20 years later Clare is now a Partner at the firm. During her time at Ben Hoare […]

BHB Lawyer to Host Youth Summit

11th September 2015

Young Ben Hoare Bell lawyer Ronagh Craddock has been selected as one of two official UK Youth Delegates to represent the interests of young people at the UN General Assembly in New York. Later this month, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to set global goals for the future of people […]

Cris to Speak at Family Rights Seminar

9th September 2015

Partner and International Family Law specialist Cris McCurley will be a guest speaker at a Family Rights seminar next month. Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester is presenting ‘Family Rights Autumn 2015 Seminars’ on 30th September, 6th October and 21st October. The Family Rights Team at the Chambers specialises in family, children law, domestic violence […]

Further interview after no further action

Question: I was arrested for an offence about 2 years ago. The police bailed me to return to the police station on three occasions but after six months they told me they would be taking no further action. Now I have heard they want to speak to me again on a voluntary basis about the […]

First Person Convicted for ‘Revenge Porn’ is Sentenced

8th September 2015

In August we blogged about the first person to be convicted for new ‘revenge porn’ offence. A man shared photographs of a 20 year old woman on Facebook. The pictures were of an intimate nature and caused the woman ‘extreme distress’. The man was sentenced in September and was given a 6 month jail sentence, suspended […]

First Woman Convicted for ‘Revenge Porn’ Is Sentenced

3rd September 2015

On 13th April 2015 “revenge porn” became a criminal offence. The consequence of being found guilty could lead to a prison sentence of up to two years and a fine. In August we blogged about the first person to be convicted for “revenge porn”. He is due to be sentenced tomorrow. This month the first woman […]

Council won’t pay for disabled son’s holiday any more

2nd September 2015

Question: My adult son with autism used to have a holiday funded by the Council, but his social worker says that because of cuts to their funding they will no longer pay for this. Is this allowed? Answer: Under the law which applied up until the end of March 2015 there were specific legal provisions […]

Work Experience Students Contribute to a UN Report

1st September 2015

We recently invited two students to work with Ben Hoare Bell Partner Cris McCurley in the International Family Law team. Chelsea Reidy and Hafsah Adzal are A level students from Kings Academy in Middlesbrough. They assisted with some important research for a report written by CEDAW (The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of […]

Appropriate Adults – ‘There to Help’

A recent Home Office report, published in August 2015, has reported that up to a quarter of a million vulnerable people are not being supported by an “appropriate adult” while in police custody. The report, ‘There to Help’, highlighted that a lack of awareness and a shortage of trainees was leading to Police officers questioning […]