Police Taser Blind Man

28th February 2017

On 23 February 2017 Police Officers tasered a 43 year old blind man with a 50,000 volt stun gun, as he waited on a platform for a train home.  It is reported the man collapsed before being detained by Greater Manchester Police Officers. The Police have since confirmed that although the Officers thought the man […]

The Great Legal Bake

24th February 2017

Yesterday Ben Hoare Bell participated in a nationwide Great Legal Bake to raise money for the Access to Justice Foundation. Our offices in Byker, Sunderland and Gateshead participated and the donations are still coming in. Our Byker office got competitive, voting for the best baker, but ultimately it was a draw between Katharine’s lemon and […]

Arrested for drink driving

23rd February 2017

Question: I was a driver involved in a road traffic accident. Before the Police arrived and to help calm my nerves I drank alcohol after the accident. The Police have now arrested me for and charged me with an offence of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. Do I have a defence? Answer: The […]

International Women’s Day Festival

15th February 2017

Doughty Street Chambers International Women’s Day Festival takes place on Saturday 4th and Saturday 11th March 2017. The theme this year is “What More Can the Law Do For Women?”. The festival involves lawyers, judges, NGOs and others sharing their experience and knowledge to find constructive and practical ways in which the law can be […]

Asylum Seekers homeless due to lack of Legal Aid

One of the least reported devastations caused by government legal aid cuts has been on asylum seekers. Vulnerable people seeking refuge in the UK are left destitute and homeless when they cannot access legal support needed to challenge unlawful Home Office decisions. Without the support of legal aid lawyers, which are in scarce supply, asylum seekers can […]

Harassed by my ex-partner

9th February 2017

Question: My ex-partner and I separated 18 months ago. At first, the break up was amicable. However, I began a new relationship six months ago and my ex-partner has harassed me ever since. Initially I received threatening phone calls but he follows me to work in his car and he has been found hiding in […]

Transgender father denied direct contact

7th February 2017

“I find this a very troubling case. These children are caught up between two apparently incompatible ways of living, led by tiny minorities within society at large. Both minorities enjoy the protection of the law: on the one hand the right of religious freedom, and on the other the right to equal treatment. It is […]

Rise in Prison Suicides and Assaults

2nd February 2017

It has recently been reported in the media that a record number of people killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales in 2016. The Ministry of Justice has confirmed there were 119 self-inflicted deaths which is 29 more than 2015 and the highest number since records began in 1978. It has also been reported […]

What is an Inquest?

Question: My grandmother was in hospital recovering from heart surgery.  She seemed to be doing very well and we thought she was going to come out of hospital fairly soon.  She had a good response to the operation.  She then deteriorated very suddenly and sadly died. We have not really been told why there was […]

Breast flashing Police Chief keeps her job

1st February 2017

On 30 January 2017 it was announced that a top Police Officer who exposed her breast whilst mocking another Police Officer’s “boob job” has been allowed to keep her job. See our earlier post on this issue dated 16 December 2016. A disciplinary panel found Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe of Greater Manchester Police guilty […]