Heir to Greggs jailed for sex offences

31st March 2017

On 3 March 2017 Colin Gregg, 75, from Gosforth, Newcastle was found guilty at Leeds Crown Court for a string of sexual assaults on boys over a period of almost 30 years. Colin Gregg was once Head Teacher at the Kings Junior School in Tynemouth and also taught at Durham School. It is reported he […]

Fault in electronic tags

EMS and G4S supply straps and electronic tags used to monitor individuals who have a curfew as part of their sentence or bail. The Ministry of Justice recently raised concerns about a rather large rise in the number of alerts being triggered  up from approximately 1,200 to 1,700 a month. Alerts would usually be triggered […]

Proposal to stop sexual conduct cross-examination

27th March 2017

There has been much debate on the legal twittersphere this weekend following the tabling of an amendment by Harriet Harman (the former Leader of the House of Commons and former acting leader of the Labour party) to the government’s Police and Courts Bill. The amendment would make changes to s.41 of the Youth Justice and […]

Officer charged with grievous bodily harm

22nd March 2017

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced on 16 March 2017 that a serving Metropolitan Police Officer was charged on 16 March 2017 with Grievous Bodily Harm after a man suffered a serious injury during the search of an address in London. It is reported that P.C. Adrian Daly is due to appear at City […]

Change name without consent

21st March 2017

Changing their name and gender identity is almost always a momentous moment for trans people and it is becoming more and more common for trans youth to want to change their first name during school. It is often an indicator that the trans pupil is taking steps to, or proposing to move towards presenting as […]

Mental capacity Report and Draft Bill

16th March 2017

The Law Commission recommends reform of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) process and improvements to the decision-making process under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for those lacking capacity. Four years ago the government tasked the Law Commission, an independent body that reviews the laws of England and Wales, with reviewing the Deprivation of Liberty […]

Changes to Personal Injury Compensation

The government recently announced changes to the personal injury (PI) compensation system. Ben Hoare Bell Partner and Personal Injury Solicitor Adrian Dalton explains how these changes will affect things. The government intends to change aspects of the system from October 2018. Changes include:- a. Road traffic accident related injuries – normally if you win a […]

Woman ordered to pay costs in dishonest claim

14th March 2017

A woman from Sunderland has had her personal injury claim dismissed at court after technology fitted in a bus proved that she couldn’t have been injured. The Claimant was a passenger on a Go North East bus when it collided with another bus whilst reversing out of a bay at a bus station. She claimed […]

Refusing a breath test

9th March 2017

Question: I was driving home last weekend after a night out with friends and got stopped by the police. They said I was speeding and asked me to take a breath test. I hadn’t been speeding and didn’t want to do it. I was then arrested and taken to the police station where I was […]

Abuse by Home Carers

8th March 2017

The BBC has obtained data as a result of a Freedom of Information request disclosing more than 23,000 allegations of abuse have been made against carers working in people’s homes across the UK.  The BBC has described asking every Council in England, Scotland and Wales with a responsibility for social care for the numbers of […]

One text message could lose your licence

3rd March 2017

From the 1st March 2017, anyone found calling, texting or using an app whilst driving will face a £200 fine and six points on their license.  This means that new drivers, who can have a maximum of six points in their first two years of passing their test, will have their license revoked and will […]

Domestic Violence and the Impact on Contact

Ben Hoare Bell Partner and Family Solicitor Cris McCurley recently wrote an article for Family Law Week. Cris discusses the recent developments concerning contact where there has been evidence of domestic violence. You can read the full article here.

Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Seminar

2nd March 2017

The Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies (CEJS) are holding their next seminar on Wednesday 29th March 2017. The seminar is entitled “Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery – The Potential Impact of Brexit”. The seminar runs from 9.15am to 3pm and will be held on the 4th floor of the Northumbria University […]

IDAHO: North East Awards

1st March 2017

We are really proud to be part of this year’s LGBT North East Awards hosted by the Rainbow Foundation for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO). IDAHO, celebrated on 17th May, was created in 2004 to become a date for LGBTI communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale. IDAHO is now celebrated […]