BHB opens Middlesbrough office

31st October 2018

We are very excited to announce that Ben Hoare Bell LLP has opened an office in Middlesbrough. We already have offices in Gateshead, Sunderland and Newcastle so having an office in Middlesbrough will give us the opportunity to offer our specialist services to more people in the North East. We are looking forward to meeting […]

Newcastle University Revenge Porn

I had only just finished writing an article for our website about the disturbing case of photos of Sunderland women being circulated on the internet, when the case of Jefferson Young came to my attention. Jefferson Young, 21, of Jesmond Road, Newcastle was reported to have pleaded guilty to an offence of stalking between May […]

Sunderland Explicit Photos

29th October 2018

On 24 October 2018 the BBC reported that an explicit file of women’s photos was being shared online.  The link has been published on various social media sites and named the women, all of whom are stated to be from the Sunderland area. Northumbria Police are investigating a report of malicious communication concerning the explicit […]

Civil Liability Bill

26th October 2018

About the Civil Liability Bill – subject close to my heart. (You remember – that is the bill that says “injured person – forget about going to court and just suffer in silence”). Below is something said by a politician quoted in the Law Society Gazette this week – a magazine for lawyers. “Speaking for […]

Medomsley Detention Centre Update

25th October 2018

Criminal proceedings against several former officers of Medomsley Detention Centre are ongoing at Teesside Crown Court. John McGee, Brian Johnson Greenwell, and Neil Sowerby who face charges of misconduct in a public office, physical abuse and sexual offences are due to stand Trial in November 2018. At Ben Hoare Bell we represent a large number […]

Personal Injury in Small Claims Court

English Justice is like the Cafe Royale – open to the rich and the poor alike. So it used to be said in the olden days and it had been thought those bad old days were behind us and we could all access the court system and get a fair hearing now. But think on: The […]

Ben Hoare Bell Named Law Firm of the Year!

We are delighted to say that Ben Hoare Bell LLP has been named ‘Law Firm of the Year – Medium’ at this year’s prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards. The awards took place at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Wednesday 17 October 2018. The ceremony was a great success – around 1000 people attended and […]

North East Cyclist Jailed

On 23 October 2018 Paul Gallon, 37, was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting causing Grievous Bodily Harm when he rode his mountain bike into a couple in Whitley Bay in the North East in November 2016. Gallon had a 3 month relationship with Holly Blake which ended 5 weeks before the attack. After […]

Morrisons Lose Data Leak Appeal

23rd October 2018

On 22 October 2018 the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision of the High Court holding the Morrison Supermarket chain liable for the actions of its former employee Andrew Skelton. Andrew Skelton, then a Senior Internal Auditor at Morrisons Bradford Headquarters, leaked payroll data in 2014.  He was jailed for 8 years in 2015 […]

Woman sues rapist for compensation

18th October 2018

A woman has won £80,000 in damages after suing her rapist in the Civil Courts.   For legal reasons the woman cannot be named.  She stated she was raped after a night out in St Andrews by Stephen Coxen whom she had met earlier in the evening.  Criminal proceedings were pursued against Mr Coxen.  He […]

Sensationalising Medical Negligence Payouts

17th October 2018

The Times missed the point and had no balance to its article published on 15 October 2018 titled ‘NHS payouts to disabled children reach £100 million in a day. The NHS only has itself to blame for failing to learn from mistakes. These claims will have taken many years to reach approval so sensationalising £100m […]

LASPO Review

15th October 2018

In August 2018 we hosted a Law Society focus group. The Law Society has been preparing a submission to the Ministry of Justice’s Post-Implementation Review of Part 1 of LASPO. The focus group included some of our own solicitors as well as other legal practitioners from the North East. LASPO – short for the Legal Aid, […]

BHB supports North East cheerleaders

Ben Hoare Bell LLP is proud to support a local cheerleader from North East Cheer Allstars. Two of their teams have qualified to represent the UK at the world’s largest cheerleading competition in Florida. The group continue to raise money for their trip to the US next year. Some of you may have seen them […]

Richard looks at recent legal issues

10th October 2018

Ben Hoare Bell LLP Partner Richard Hardy offers a round up of recent issues in the legal world. Let’s start with David Beckham.  Charged with speeding at 59mph in a 40mph zone.  He contested the case on what was reported as a technicality. In brief for a successful prosecution many traffic offences require a Notice […]

Morrisons Data Leak Compensation

9th October 2018

Today the Court of Appeal will hear a case brought by thousands of Morrisons’ staff arising from a data leak in 2014. Morrisons appealed a finding by the High Court last year that the supermarket was liable for a data breach carried out by Andrew Skelton, then a senior internal auditor at Morrisons headquarters.  He […]

Emergency Corrective Surgery – Can I claim?

8th October 2018

Question: I underwent keyhole knee surgery in November 2016 having suffered arthritis for many years. During the surgery, I suffered damage to a major artery and had to undergo emergency corrective surgery to repair the damage. Following this I have been left with significant nerve damage restricting my mobility and causing me a great deal […]

Northumbria Police Apologise

2nd October 2018

  It was reported by the BBC on 12 September 2018 that Northumbria Police had apologised after the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) had stated two Northumbria Police Officers had cases to answer for misconduct and another had performed unsatisfactorily following the murder of Alice Ruggles in October 2016. Alice Ruggles was murdered by […]

Northumbria Police Sergeant Jailed

On 14 September 2018 Stephen Light received a 2 and a ½ year jail sentence for unlawfully wounding another man.  The incident occurred in Workington in April 2018 and arose from a family neighbour dispute.  Stephen Light who was a Sergeant at Northumbria Police, but off duty at the time of the incident, was found […]

David Beckham – is the Prosecution responsible?

1st October 2018

Anyone who has access to a news platform will be aware that David Beckham was last week acquitted of a speeding offence after his lawyer argued a procedural issue in the way the Police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) conducted the case against him. It has been repeatedly referred to as a ‘legal loophole’, but […]