The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

22nd August 2018

Question: My friend was recently assaulted and his nose was broken. He made an application for compensation and was told he couldn’t have any. I don’t understand this – I myself suffered a broken nose some years ago when assaulted and I did get compensation. My friend was just in the wrong place at the […]

Rights as a Grandparent

20th August 2018

Question: My daughter is a single parent to my 6 year old grandson. Being a single parent I would try and help her out as much as possible with child care. A few months ago she got into a new relationship. I do not think my daughter’s new partner is good for her or my […]

Specialist Solicitors for Criminal Defence

17th August 2018

If you are ever arrested or charged with an offence your first course of action should be to contact a law firm like Ben Hoare Bell LLP who have specialist criminal defence solicitors. You are advised not to speak to the police until your lawyer is there to advise you. Not making use of a […]

5 Reasons to Choose a Local Solicitor

When the time comes to seek advice from a solicitor, whether that be for a divorce, advice about children or an accident that wasn’t your fault, there are hundreds of options across the country. However there are a number of reasons why you should look for a solicitor local to you The personal touch When […]

What is ‘Upskirting’?

Question: My brother in law has recently been accused of something called ‘Upskirting’. Initially I was not even aware that this existed but over the last couple of weeks I have seen this mentioned in the news. Is this an offence in the UK? If so, what punishment could he face if convicted? Answer: This […]

Forced Marriage Convictions

15th August 2018

Forced marriage was made illegal in the UK in 2014 and since then there have been 3 convictions. The first conviction of its kind was in 2015 when a businessman was sentenced to 16 years in prison after making a 25 year old woman marry him under duress the previous year. 2018 has seen 2 […]

Sunderland GP Jailed for Voyeurism

On 14 August 2018 former Sunderland GP Dr Thair Altaii was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court to 14 months imprisonment after he was found guilty of three voyeurism offences on 20 July 2018. Over 19,000 images of women were found on Dr Altaii’s laptop by police. The investigation followed reports by a patient that she […]

Northumbria Police Officer Guilty of Assault

14th August 2018

We recently blogged about the Northumbria Police Officer Sergeant Stephen Light. On 9 August 2018 Stephen Light was convicted of assault by Carlisle Crown Court. The Court heard how Sergeant Light hit a male over the head with a metal kitchen roll holder following a noisy neighbour dispute. The Officer – who was off duty […]

The Domestic Abuse Bill

I have been directly involved with the domestic abuse consultation. I have attended meetings with the Home Office and Ministry of Justice about the draft bill. There are serious failings, not least of all the fact that the bill in its current form does not legislate to prevent litigant in person perpetrators cross examining their […]

Data Breach – £140,000 Fine

13th August 2018

Emma’s Diary offers free products and discount coupons targeted at new mums. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) which is responsible for policing data breaches is reported to have fined Emma’s Diary £140,000 for a data breach. This was after it was accused of illegally collecting data and selling it on for use by the Labour […]

Universal Credit Concern for Domestic Abuse Victims

10th August 2018

The roll out of the extremely controversial Universal Credit system has been a significant concern for the women we work with and who use the services of the women’s sector. EVAW (End Violence against Women Coalition) recently reported on a new briefing from the Women’s Budget Group quoting one member who stated “more money may […]

Officer Charged with Punching Teenager

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) oversees and sometimes independently investigates complaints against the police. The IOPC completed its investigation into a South Wales Police Officer P.C. Paul Evans following an incident in Bridgend on 14 January 2018. It is alleged on that date a 14 year old boy was punched by P.C. Paul […]

Northumbria Police Officer Denies Attack

9th August 2018

A jury before Carlisle Crown Court has heard a prosecution claim that Sergeant Stephen Light, a Northumbria Police Officer, allegedly forced his way into a house in Workington, Cumbria in April 2018.  The alleged incident was said to have occurred as a result of a neighbour noise dispute between Andrew Grant and Sergeant Light’s parents.  […]

“Disclosure Crisis” in Rape Cases

8th August 2018

There has been a House of Commons Justice Committee enquiry into the disclosure of evidence in rape trials, news of which has been played out in the media, mostly signalling outrage that “essential evidence to acquit the defendant” is not, or has not, been provided to the defence. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is under […]

Northumbria Police Rapist Released

7th August 2018

Former Northumbria Police Officer Stephen Mitchell was found guilty of sexual assaults on a number of vulnerable women he met on police duty in Newcastle. The sexual assaults included rape. The vulnerable women included heroin addicts, shoplifters and disabled teenagers. Stephen Mitchell was convicted before Newcastle Crown Court in 2010 and sentenced in 2011 to […]

No Further Action for 11 Medomsley Officers

6th August 2018

It was announced on 1 August 2018 that 11 men who were investigated by Durham Constabulary as part of Operation Seabrook will face no further action. Operation Seabrook is Durham Constabulary’s long running investigation into allegations of abuse at the former Medomsley Detention Centre near Consett. The police investigation is now in its 6th year. […]

Sunderland GP Convicted of Voyeurism

3rd August 2018

On 20 July 2018 former Sunderland GP Dr Thair Altaii was convicted by a jury at the Newcastle Crown Court of three voyeurism offences. Over 19,000 images of women were found on Dr Altaii’s laptop by police. The investigation followed reports by a patient that she believed she had been covertly filmed by the GP […]

Ben Hoare Bell’s New Office

2nd August 2018

Ben Hoare Bell LLP has now completed their move to new premises in Sunderland city centre. The new bigger and better office is 19 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1JQ. Please note that we have now moved out of 47 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1QU and 2/3 South Terrace, Southwick, Sunderland, SR5 2AW. We still offer […]

BHB shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year

1st August 2018

We are delighted to say that Ben Hoare Bell LLP has been shortlisted for ‘Law Firm of the Year’ by the national Law Society. The prestigious Law Society Excellence awards take place every year in London and we are thrilled to be one of the lucky firms to be nominated. You will recall that Ben […]