Police Appeal for Witnesses after Dog Bite

31st March 2016

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an appeal for witnesses following an incident on 3rd March 2016 when a 10 year old boy was bitten by a Cleveland Police Dog. It is reported the boy was injured as a Police Dog Handler attended another incident which had nothing to do with the injured […]

Charged with being controlling

30th March 2016

Question: I have split up from my wife and we are getting divorced. However she has made a complaint to the police and I have been arrested and charged with being controlling. I have never heard of this before but deny it. What’s likely to happen at court? Answer: It appears that you have been […]

Man Shot by Police in South Shields

29th March 2016

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which oversees Police Complaints has sent investigators to South Shields to start an investigation into a Police shooting incident. It is reported that a man was shot during an incident in Frenchman’s Way shortly after 1:00am on Tuesday 29th March 2016. Press reports have cited witnesses stating the man […]

Inquest into Electro-Convulsive Therapy

28th March 2016

Trainee Solicitor Ronagh Craddock attended Sunderland Coroner’s Court for an inquest into the death of AB. Here she explains the case, the outcome and what happens next. AB died on 4th April 2015 aged 71. Between 29th February 2016 and 3rd March 2016 an inquest was held before Sunderland Senior Coroner Derek Winter. The jury found […]

Paying for Care Home Fees

23rd March 2016

Question: “My mum is having to sell her house to pay her care home fees. I thought the government said they would stop this from happening. Is there anything I can do about this?” Answer: The government said it would introduce a cap on care fees of £72,000 and claimed that this would mean nobody […]

Police Restraint ‘Contributed to’ Man’s Death

21st March 2016

On 8 March 2016 it was reported that an inquest had concluded into the death of Philmore Mills.  Mr Mills died on 27 December 2011 in Hospital after being handcuffed on the floor by Officers from Thames Valley Police. The inquest was told that in the early hours of 27 December 2011 Mr Mills approached […]

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 […]

Vicarious Liability in the Supreme Court

10th March 2016

Partner Adrian Dalton discusses two important cases on vicarious liability People sometimes wonder why is that when an employee of a business or other organisation does something wrong it is possible to bring a legal case not only against the individual but also the organisation concerned. There are various reasons why it is possible to […]

Failing to Learn from NHS Mistakes

8th March 2016

I come back to a question that never ceases to amaze me.  Why can the NHS not learn from the mistakes that it makes? In the news today we learnt that a gentleman’s death was contributed to by a retained swab that had been left in his pelvis after an operation. The retained swab had […]

International Women’s Day

Today the whole world celebrates women everywhere as we mark International Women’s Day. The International Women’s Day campaign theme this year is ‘Pledging for Parity’. Global gender parity has slowed in many places and so the campaign is asking people to pledge their dedication and commitment to taking steps to achieve gender parity more quickly. […]

My ex is stopping me seeing my son

Question: I have been having difficulties getting contact with my son, who is now aged 4. His mother and I separated around 6 months ago and she was initially letting me see him twice per week. However, our relationship has gone downhill since I issued divorce proceedings and she has not let me have any contact […]

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 […]

Parole Board Delays increase Compensation Claims

The Parole Board is an independent body that carries out risk assessments on prisoners to determine whether they can be safely released into the community. For example, a prisoner serving a life sentence or an indeterminate sentence will need to have their case heard by the Parole Board before they can be considered for release. […]

Kirklevington Abuse Investigation

2nd March 2016

Cleveland Police has now been contacted by many former inmates of Kirklevington Detention Centre. Victims report that they were physically and sexually abused by members of staff at the detention centre over many years. As part of the ongoing complex Police investigation officers have been obtaining statements from former inmates. We understand Cleveland Police have […]