Possession proceedings

25th May 2017

Question: I rent my house from a Housing Association. They have served me with a Notice Seeking Possession a while ago and have now issued possession proceedings because of allegations of anti-social behaviour. The Court hearing is in a week’s time. I have nowhere to go and I cannot afford a solicitor. Answer: Whilst there […]

Former Coach charged with non-recent sex offences

19th May 2017

Former Newcastle United football coach George Ormond has today been charged with 29 counts of non-recent sexual offences. He will face 27 counts of indecent assault, one charge of indecency with a child and one charge of buggery. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed that all 17 complainants are male and that the alleged […]

Former Choir Master Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse

18th May 2017

On 30th March 2017 John Blacktop, a former Choir Master, was sentenced to 21 years in prison after being found guilty of non-recent sexual abuse against children over a period of almost 20 years. The abuse was committed in Lancaster and Stockton on Tees in Cleveland during the 1960s and 1970s and involved five girls who […]

What is a ‘Special Guardian’?

Question: My three year old grandson has been in my care for a year and a half and as a result of court proceedings I have recently been named as his ‘Special Guardian’. I am not familiar with this term and I am confused as to what rights I have over my grandson as his […]

Ben Hoare Bell does the Newcastle Legal Walk 2017

17th May 2017

The Newcastle Legal Walk took place yesterday. This is an annual event where local law firms and other organisations walk 10k through Newcastle city centre. This is to raise money for free legal advice charities to help those most in need. Ben Hoare Bell LLP had a team of 9 (including Martha the puppy!). All […]

North East LGBT Awards – a great success!

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO). Events are taking place around the world to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues. In recognition of IDAHO the North East LGBT Awards were held last night. We were delighted to attend the ceremony and we had a great night. The first award of the […]

Deferred Sentence for Oxford Student

Whilst it is always somewhat difficult to write about cases that have been reported in the news given the lack of hard facts the case of Lavinia Woodward has rightly attracted a lot of coverage. She is an Oxford student with aspirations of becoming a surgeon who has had her sentenced deferred for a period […]

Annual Domestic Violence Symposium

16th May 2017

The 9th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium is taking place on the 15th June 2017. The event this year focuses on safeguarding victims, reducing risk and changing norms. The event takes place in London and is arranged by the Public Policy Exchange. For further information about the event visit the Public Policy Exchange website. For more […]

North East LGBT Awards – TONIGHT!

The LGBT North East Awards are taking place tonight. We are really looking forward to attending the ceremony this year. The awards are hosted by the Rainbow Foundation in recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO). This takes place on the 17th May. We are delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Building a […]

Dementia Awareness Week

15th May 2017

Dementia Awareness Week is an annual event supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, a UK charity which provides support and research for those affected by dementia. This Dementia Awareness Week is all about opening up – anyone who’s concerned about dementia is encouraged to speak to the Alzheimer’s Society. In the UK, there are about 800,000 […]

Voluntary Attendance at the Police Station

11th May 2017

Question: I have been told that the police want to speak to me about allegations against me. They say that they aren’t going to arrest me and I don’t need a solicitor. Do I have to speak to them? If I do, am I allowed to have a solicitor with me and how much will […]

Awards ceremony presents gender neutral prize

9th May 2017

The MTV Movie and TV Awards have been the next awarding body to move to gender neutral prizes at their award ceremony with Emma Watson recently winning the prize for ‘best big-screen actor’ for her role in the recent Disney adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The category could have been won by anyone, of […]

Police Fined for Data Protection Breach

Following an investigation by the Information Commissioners Office Greater Manchester Police has been fined £150,000. This relates to Police video interviews with victims of violent and sexual crimes being lost in the post. Greater Manchester Police sent three unencrypted DVDs by post for analysis. It is understood the DVDs showed named victims talking openly about […]

Theresa May pledges to rip up Mental Health Act

8th May 2017

In 2014-15 63,000 people were detained under the Mental Health Act, an increase of 43% compared with 2005-06. Black people are disproportionately affected with a detention rate of 56.9 per 100 patients compared to 37.5 per 100 among white patients. The proposed new legislation would introduce safeguards to end current rules that mean detained patients […]

Proposed reforms for those lacking capacity

2nd May 2017

Trainee Solicitor Ronagh Craddock explains the proposed reforms for those lacking capacity. What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? Those receiving care in a hospital or care home may have their routine decided for them, and they may not be allowed to leave. The arrangements may take away some of their freedom and in […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 8th – 14th May

Mental Health Awareness Week 8th – 14th May: Surviving to Thriving Mental Health Awareness Week has taken place in the second week of May since 2000 and is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, a charity dedicated to finding and addressing the sources of mental health problems. This year the theme is why too few […]