Detective sacked from force

29th April 2016

On 22 April 2016 D.C. Faulkner was dismissed without notice from the Metropolitan Police Service.  Following a misconduct hearing it was found he had attempted to deceive his Supervisor to cover up shortcomings in a Police investigation. In brief there was a firearm incident in Hackney in July 2011.  It is reported CCTV clearly showed […]

CPS to decide to prosecute 5 Police Officers

28th April 2016

The Police Watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced on 14 April 2016 that they had referred a case to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider charges over the actions of five Sussex Police Officers following an investigation into events prior to the death of Duncan Tomlin in July 2014. In brief five Officers […]

Proposed reduction of the SRA handbook

27th April 2016

The Law Society Gazette recently published the news that the Solicitors Regulation Authority intend to reduce the SRA handbook from 600 pages to 50 pages. Ben Hoare Bell Partner Adrian Dalton wrote a letter to the Gazette sharing his thoughts on the matter. This week Adrian’s letter, ‘Tome trauma’, was published in the Gazette.

Public Liability for pub accident

Question: My friend was injured a couple of months ago when he fell over in a pub. He hadn’t been drinking any alcohol and he got a bad injury – he put out his hand to save himself falling and broke his arm. And yet although the pub has insurance he has been advised by […]

Verdict Heard in the Hillsborough Inquest

26th April 2016

Today’s verdict in the Hillsborough Inquest represents a vindication for the families of the 96 people who were killed at the stadium or died of their injuries sustained as a result of the crush. It was held after the previous inquest was set aside, partially as a result of the findings of the Hillsborough Independent […]

Police Officer Jailed for 4 Years

14th April 2016

At a hearing before Liverpool Crown Court on 11 April 2016 former Merseyside Police Officer Michael McMillan was jailed for 4 years after earlier pleading guilty to seven charges of misconduct in public office.  At a misconduct hearing held by Merseyside Police in February 2016 the Police Officer was dismissed from the Force with immediate […]

Taser Danger

11th April 2016

The dangers of using a Taser have been highlighted in a recent letter to the Law Society Gazette (4 April 2016). Alistair Logan from the Law Society Human Rights Committee described a study on Tasers funded by the US Department of Justice.  The study involved participants being subject to 50,000 volt Taser shocks and then […]

Police Officer Convicted of Assault

8th April 2016

On 31 March 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced that P.C. Richard Jordan was found guilty of common assault by beating following a 2 day trial at Manchester & Salford Magistrates’ Court. It is stated that the charge related to an incident on 26 April 2015 in which P.C. Jordan used excessive force […]

Police Officer in Court Charged with Custody Assault

7th April 2016

Police Sergeant Hayles who is a serving West Midlands Police Officer has been charged with assaulting a man in custody (ABH) following an incident at a Police Station in Birmingham on 25 March 2015. P.S. Hayles appeared before Birmingham Magistrates on 1 March 2016 when the case was sent to the Birmingham Crown Court for […]

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 […]

How can the Local Authority obtain a Care Order?

5th April 2016

Question: The local authority have issues Care Proceedings in relation to my child, they are seeking Care Orders on the basis of neglect as they say the care I am providing is below that which a reasonable parent would give. Under what circumstances will they succeed in obtaining such an order? Answer: A care order […]

Investigation into discrimination in Cleveland Police

4th April 2016

The Police Watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) stated on 23rd March 2016 that it is conducting an independent investigation after an employment tribunal concluded that a Cleveland Police Officer was subject to victimisation and discrimination due to his race from a number of colleagues. PC Nadeem Saddique raised the concerns at an employment […]