Keeping contact with your child

24th May 2018

Question: My ex-partner is threatening to move out of the area with my daughter to live with her new partner. I am worried that I will lose contact with my daughter. Can I stop this from happening? Answer: You may be able to apply to the court for a Prohibited Steps Order (PSO). A PSO […]

CPS Fined for losing DVDs

21st May 2018

In November 2016 the Brighton office of the CPS received video interviews of 15 alleged child sex abuse victims. They were discovered to be lost around one month later and the staff involved did not tell management at the CPS until February 2017. The CPS office is in a shared building and the discs have […]

Time to end the blame game?

17th May 2018

In English Law if a married couple wishes to divorce, the party applying for a divorce must show that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. If the couple has not been separated for two years or more, the Applicant needs to show fault on behalf of the other party, either in the form of bad […]

Using your phone to park your car

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 Regulation 110 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (“the 1986 Regulations”) prohibits the use, while driving a motor vehicle, of hand-held mobile telephones or other hand-held devices, when performing an interactive communication function. This instrument amends regulation 110 of the 1986 Regulations by […]

What is GDPR?

16th May 2018

Question:  I have read a lot about GDPR in the news lately. What is this and how will it affect me? Answer: The short answer at this stage is: no-one can really say in great detail. GDPR stands for “General Data Protection Regulation”. The rules about how it applies will be looked after by the […]

Ant McPartlin fined for drink driving

14th May 2018

Question: I read that Ant McPartlin was recently fined £86,000 for drink driving.  This seems like an extraordinary amount of money.   Is this level of fine normal? Answer: Ant McPartlin was charged with an offence of excess alcohol driving, contrary to section 5 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.  It was reported that following a […]

New Solicitors join Family Team

10th May 2018

Ben Hoare Bell LLP has recently welcomed two new solicitors to its award winning family team. Molly Foster spent time training with the firm and qualified in April 2018. Molly has joined the International Family team where she spent part of her training. Victoria Newton joined the firm recently and is now based in our […]