BHB Partner becomes Full Time District Judge

30th August 2016

As of 1st September 2016 Kate Meek, head of our criminal law department, is taking up a role as full time District Judge working in the criminal courts. Kate will be sorely missed after 15 years or more service at the firm. The judiciary will be greatly enhanced by her addition to its ranks. We […]

Medomsley Detention Centre Update – August 2016

25th August 2016

Durham Constabulary has been contacted by over 1300 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 the biggest investigation into child abuse in the UK. As part of the […]

Parole Board Delay Claims

24th August 2016

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. […]

Arrested at the Sunderland air show but not sure why

18th August 2016

Question: My son was arrested at the Sunderland air show – he was told to leave by a police officer and then a few minutes later he was arrested. He’s now been charged to go to court. What is this all about? Answer: It sounds very much like your son was arrested for an offence […]

£75,000 pay out from Police

17th August 2016

Greater Manchester Police has paid a domestic abuse victim £75,000 after she suffered psychiatric harm when the Police made very sensitive and personal material public. A claim was made in respect of the misuse of private information, breach of confidential information and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. The woman who was a victim […]

Applications Open for 2017 Trainee Solicitor

16th August 2016

The application process for a Trainee Solicitor position is now open. The successful applicant will commence their training in September 2017. The aim of the position to produce and present (under supervision) high quality work on behalf of the client. This is developed through an in-depth experience and understanding of the practical aspects of different […]

Man dies after being tasered by Police

15th August 2016

Former Aston Villa Striker Dalian Atkinson died after being tasered by Police in Telford in the early hours of Monday 15th August 2016. West Mercia Police have stated Officers were called to a home address after concerns were raised about the man’s health. A taser was deployed and medical treatment administered but he was pronounced […]

Northumbria Police Death in Custody

On 14th August 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) stated an independent investigation was being undertaken following the death of a man in Northumbria Police custody. It is understood the 45 year old man was arrested in the Whitley Bay area on the evening of Saturday 13th August 2016 and taken to Middle Engine […]

Police Officer’s “Drunken Fumble”

12th August 2016

Earlier this month Detective Constable Peter Surgay was sacked by Nottinghamshire Police for misconduct. It was alleged that when he was a Family Liaison Officer in the investigation into the murder of Clifford Collinge he was involved in a sexual relationship with Solicitor Deborah Bell.  It was alleged the affair was kept secret because D.C. […]

What are the legal issues surrounding surrogacy?

10th August 2016

Surrogacy is the process by which a child is carried through pregnancy by a woman who has entered into an arrangement that the child and parental responsibility for it will be transferred to another person(s) at birth. Surrogacy arrangements are often attractive to heterosexual couples who are experiencing infertility, and same sex couples. Whilst surrogacy […]

IPCC to investigate Northumbria Police Officers

8th August 2016

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate an incident which occurred in South Shields on 29th July 2016 when a male was arrested by Northumbria Police officers. The arrest was captured on video and was posted on social media. People who have viewed the footage on social media websites have subsequently raised concerns […]

Amina al-Jeffery – Our Open Letter to Boris Johnson

4th August 2016

Amina al-Jeffery was a normal student in Swansea until her father accused her of dishonouring the family with her “toxic behaviour”, by which he meant having a boyfriend. He took her to Saudi Arabia where he admits to keeping her in a cage. It is alleged that she has been beaten, starved and deprived of […]

Proceeds of Crime Act

3rd August 2016

  What is the Proceeds of Crime Act? The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was introduced in order to tackle the issue of recovering from convicted persons the benefit that they derived from their criminal activity. The Act introduced broad powers for the recovery both at the time of making the order and in the […]

Charges after detention under the Mental Health Act

1st August 2016

A person can be detained in hospital (‘sectioned’) under the Mental Health Act due to concerns about their mental health. In order to be sectioned the Mental Health Act requires that the person must be suffering from a mental disorder that requires treatment in hospital and that they should be detained due to risks to […]