Data Protection and Privacy

26th July 2018

The issue of data protection has been difficult to avoid in the last few months. Like most of us it is likely you received a mountain of emails earlier this year from companies requesting permission to hold/use your data.  Many of these emails were not actually required by new laws (the General Data Protection Regulations […]

Benefits of a Criminal Defence Solicitor

25th July 2018

What are the benefits of using a Criminal Defence Solicitor in North East England? Whether you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time or made a mistake that got the police involved, there’s no denying that being at the receiving end of a criminal charge can be a daunting experience. The good […]

Medomsley Detention Centre Update

24th July 2018

Seven former officers of Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham are soon to stand trial. Christopher Onslow, John McGee, Brian Johnson Greenwell and Neil Sowerby face charges of misconduct in a public office, physical abuse and sexual offences. David McClure, Alan Bramley and Kevin Blakey face charges of misconduct in a public office and physical […]

Data Breach put vulnerable people at risk

23rd July 2018

Data breach “placed vulnerable people at risk” warns Information Commissioners Office The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) after sending a bulk email with details of possible victims of non-recent child sexual abuse. IICSA was set up in 2014 to investigate the extent to […]

What is a Coroner?

20th July 2018

Question: A relative recently died in hospital. I am her next of kin. I was surprised to be contacted by someone from the Coroner’s office telling me there was going to be a post-mortem. Can they do this without my permission and why is it required? Answer: A coroner is required to investigate where the […]

LPA’s and Deputy Orders

18th July 2018

Ben Hoare Bell Partner Andrea Sellers explains the difference between a Lasting Power of Attorney (also known as an LPA) and a Deputy Order Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputy Orders are each methods of appointing of a person or persons to deal with the affairs of a person who lacks mental capacity. They can […]

The Law Society comes to BHB

17th July 2018

The Law Society is inviting legal aid solicitors to participate in a series of focus groups to obtain feedback on the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). The Law Society want feedback from firms, their working lives, clients and the broader justice system. The research will be used […]

Special Guardianship Order

16th July 2018

Question: My child was removed from my care 5 years ago. Social Services got involved as I had drinking problems. I was in a very abusive relationship and my child had suffered. My child is currently living with my mother under a Special Guardianship Order. Can my child return to my care, do I still […]

Hartlepool Police Data Incident

It was reported on 6 July 2018 that a dog walker in Hartlepool had found a Police file containing highly sensitive data. The Police file contained personal details of paedophiles and their victims.  The file was found dumped in a skip on 20 June 2018 in the Hartlepool area. The local Force, Cleveland Police are […]

The law surrounding FGM

1st July 2018

Question: “I’m not sure if there is anything legal I can do to protect my child as I’m concerned my partner’s family may try to carry out a religious practice on her. I am planning on going to Nigeria in the school holiday’s to visit my partner’s family so that my little girl can meet […]