Breast Ironing – Abuse Against Girls

30th June 2016

This week, some members of the International Family department attended an informative training session with Susan Mansaray on the abusive practice of breast ironing. Susan is a Sierra Leonean journalist and female genital mutilation campaigner. She was granted asylum in the United Kingdom after she spoke out against the government about abusive practices affecting women […]

Has Dangerous Driving Become a More Serious Offence?

28th June 2016

Question: I had an accident recently and I was arrested for dangerous driving. I’m a bit worried as a friend of mine said that this has recently been turned into a more serious offence. Is this right? Answer: The offences of dangerous driving and causing death by dangerous driving have existed for a long time. […]

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 […]

Police Officer Dismissed for Gross Misconduct

On 13 June 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reported that following their investigation a Humberside Police Officer had been dismissed for using excessive force. P.C. Lee Curtis was dismissed following a 4 day disciplinary hearing.  The allegations related to an incident on 17 October 2014 when Police stopped a van in Grimsby.  The […]

Northern Law Awards – Tonight!

23rd June 2016

We are very excited to be attending the Northern Law Awards 2016 tonight. By the end of the night we will find out if any of our shortlisted candidates have been successful in their categories… we have everything crossed! We have been shortlisted for four awards tonight in three categories: Eilish Ferry-Kennington – Trainee of […]

UK Transgender Law Past, Present and Future?

22nd June 2016

LAGLA North East has arranged an interesting talk on Transgender Law in the UK. ‘UK Transgender Law Past, Present and Future?’ takes place at 17.30 on 30th June 2016 at the Attic Room of Trinity Chambers. A presentation and talk will be given by leading employment and discrimination law barrister, Robin Moira White. In 2011 […]

Cannot afford rent with just housing benefit

Question: I work part time and get part of my rent paid by Housing Benefit. I am struggling to pay the balance, particularly since the bedroom tax came in as I have a spare room. Is there any additional help I can get? Answer: You may be able to get Discretionary Housing Payments from the […]

Disciplinary Proceedings Extension Proposed

16th June 2016

Police officers could face disciplinary proceedings years after they have left the force, under new proposals put forward by the Government. Ministers had announced under the Policing and Crime Bill 2016 a 12-month period after retirement in which misconduct can be investigated but a new amendment to the 2016 Bill would extend that period in […]

Carers Week 2016

6th June 2016

This week marks Carers Week 2016. This is an annual event to raise awareness of the issues and challenges faced by carers across the UK. The theme this year is ‘Carer Friendly Communities’ and the week will focus on building communities that both support the carer through their caring duties and recognise that they are […]

Poorly managed hospital discharges

3rd June 2016

In their 2011 report on NHS care of older people the Health Ombudsman found that discharge arrangements from hospital could be shambolic and ill prepared with older people being moved without their families’ knowledge and consent. It is disheartening that the latest report into the same subject reveals continued failings with no sign of improvement. […]

Local Authority has concerns about child

1st June 2016

Question: The Local Authority have told me they have concerns about my child. What can I do, I have never been involved with the Local Authority before and I am afraid that they are now wanting to meet with me? Answer: It is important to understand that the Local Authority have a duty to all […]