Newcastle City Council Data Leak Developments

25th October 2017

In July 2017 we reported on a serious data breach by Newcastle City Council. An employee at the council accidentally leaked confidential information about children and their adoptive parents. The information was about 2,743 individuals and was sent to 77 people in June 2017. Ben Hoare Bell solicitor Andrew Freckleton has given an interview to […]

The Traveller Movement National Conference 2017

23rd October 2017

The Traveller Movement National Conference takes place on 24th November 2017. This year the conference is titled ‘Care and Custody: a Social Justice Agenda’. For more information about the event click here. The conference gives a platform to community members, policy makers and service providers to present and discuss their experiences on the issues of […]

Newcastle University Careers Fair

17th October 2017

We will be attending the Newcastle University Careers Fair tomorrow – Wednesday 18th October 2017. This takes place at Newcastle Civic Centre and is open to students between 10.30am and 3.30pm. We are looking forward to meeting students from all backgrounds – the future of the legal profession. Come and visit the Ben Hoare Bell […]

BHB Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017

As a firm we felt it was really important to support Macmillan North East this year and took part in their coffee morning fundraiser event. All 4 of our offices took part and there were some incredible creations – from sausage rolls and cheese and onion slices, to cupcakes, tray bakes and cookies. We decorated […]

What can I post on social media about my case?

12th October 2017

Question:  I am currently going through care proceedings with the Local Authority threatening to remove my child. I have found dealing with the Social Worker difficult and this has made my situation very stressful, eventually leading me to vent my frustration about her on social media. The Social Worker is now saying that I have […]

Review of the Mental Health Act 1983

11th October 2017

Back in May we wrote about Theresa May’s plans to “rip up” the Mental Health Act 1983. Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on 4th October she elaborated on those plans, announcing an independent review of the Act to tackle the injustice and stigma associated with mental health. Mrs May explained that the […]

Information about You – what happens with it?

5th October 2017

I recall growing up in an age without the information overload which exists today. The benefits of advances in technology cannot be disputed but as we know there are also downsides. One such downside is the potential for misuse of our data. When I grew up the main concern of people who wanted more privacy […]

Centre for Women’s Justice: North East Launch Event

4th October 2017

The Centre for Women’s Justice is an important development in the fight for women’s rights, especially around violence against women and girls. Founder Harriet Wistrich will be opening the launch event. The event will bring together survivors, activists, women’s sector groups, academics and others concerned with violence against women and girls to explore with lawyers […]

What can I do about my abusive partner?

1st October 2017

Question: I have been in a relationship with my fiancé for five years, we moved in together about a year ago and we were really happy. He lost his job around 6 months ago and since then his behaviour and attitude towards me has changed. He physically attacks me, shouts at me and tries to […]