‘Key Change’ play by Open Clasp

26th November 2017

Open Clasp theatre company has released an on demand screening of their play ‘Key Change’. This is to mark the UN campaign ‘International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls’. Key Change was devised with women in HMP Low Newton and portrays women in prison including issues surrounding domestic violence, abuse and drug use. […]

International Human Rights Conference 2017

Ben Hoare Bell Partner and International Family Law Solicitor Cris McCurley will be speaking at the upcoming International Human Rights Conference. This takes place on 14 December 2017 in Uppsala, Sweden. The conference is entitled ‘Making Human Rights a Reality: Integration – European Challenges and Local Solutions’. The event involves a range of speakers and […]

Does the Mental Health Act need to change?

23rd November 2017

What is the Mental Health Act? The Mental Health Act is the law which sets out when you can be admitted, detained and treated in hospital against your wishes. Government proposals On 4 October 2017 the Prime Minister announced an independent review into the Mental Health Act to examine rising rates of detention and the […]

Career Fairs 2017

17th November 2017

We have really enjoyed attending the careers fairs at both Newcastle University and Northumbria University. It is great to see how many┬ástudents and graduates are interested in the work we do at Ben Hoare Bell and we look forward to working with some of them in the future. Our work experience raffle was also a […]

The Bach Report Launch

The Bach Report was launched at a cross party in the House of Commons on 1 November 2017. Chaired by Lord Bach, the Commissioners, including Sir Henry Brooke and Carol Storer, were present to answer questions and take comments. Lord Beecham was also present and added his support. The report was commissioned in 2015 by […]

I got married abroad. Can I get a divorce in England?

16th November 2017

Question: I married my spouse in our home country and we then moved to England to live permanently. Our relationship has now broken down and I want a divorce, do I have to start the divorce proceedings in my home country? Answer: Where a marriage has taken place in another country, it does not mean […]

Newcastle Law Society Dinner 2017

14th November 2017

The annual Newcastle Law Society dinner was held at the Civic Centre on Friday 10 November 2017. This year was hosted by President Lewis Pearson and was a great success. We attended with some of our newly qualified solicitors who were presented with a certificate on the evening.

Failure to confirm details is criminal offence

13th November 2017

As of today it became a criminal offence if you fail to confirm your name, date of birth and nationality without reasonable excuse if required to do so. Confirmation of Nationality – Section 162 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 came into force today, inserting section 86A into the Courts Act 2003. Subsections (1) […]