Supreme Court Rejects Appeal on Criminal Records

31st January 2019

On Wednesday 30 January 2019 the UK’s highest Court rejected government appeals against a human rights ruling won by a number of individuals who say their lives have been unfairly impacted by minor criminal offences committed long ago. Following an earlier Court of Appeal ruling in 2013, the Government revised its criminal records disclosure scheme […]

Detective Inspector Jailed

In January 2019 Elizabeth Belton, a former Detective Chief Inspector, and her West Yorkshire Police colleague PC Judith Mulligan were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court in connection with a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Belton was sentenced to 2 years in Prison. Mulligan was given a 12 month sentence suspended for 2 years. […]

More suspensions at Middlesbrough Mental Health Hospital

30th January 2019

Three more members of staff have now been suspended from West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough.  It has been reported that some staff used “non-approved” techniques to move patients.  It is understood the alleged techniques were not in line with the policy of the Trust who operate the Hospital. One former patient is reported as alleging […]

Capacity and Mental Health

We regularly act for clients who lack capacity to make decisions about particular issues such as residence, care and contact with other people. Such cases are regulated by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and are dealt with by the Court of Protection which makes best interests decisions on behalf of the person. To lack capacity […]

Does Divorce have an emotional impact on children?

29th January 2019

University College of London’s Institute of Education recently published the first British study of its kind into the impact of divorce on child mental health. The analysis of 6,245 children found that children between the ages of 7 and 14 were 16% more likely to suffer emotional and behavioural difficulties as a result of their […]

Court Closures

21st January 2019

Some time ago the government introduced a new approach to cases dealt with by the county court. The system used to be that many geographical areas had their own designated county court. This was changed so that there is now instead a nationally run system and the local courts referred to above are called instead […]

Founder of Amazon announces Divorce

18th January 2019

Last week founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Twitter that he and his wife MacKenzie Bezos are seeking a divorce after 25 years of marriage. The couple married in 1993 and have three sons and an adopted daughter. The following year Jeff Bezos founded the company and is now known to be the […]

Local Authority Concerns

Question: The Local Authority has told me they have concerns about my child. What can I do? I have never been involved with the Local Authority before and I am afraid that they are now wanting to meet with me. Answer: It is important to understand that the Local Authority has a duty to all […]

Middlesbrough Hospital Staff Suspension

11th January 2019

On 8 January 2019 it was reported that 17 members of staff had been suspended at Middlesbrough West Lane Hospital for using “non-approved techniques” with regards to patients. It is understood Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust has launched an investigation which is being overseen by the Care Quality Commission and NHS England. […]

Cris McCurley appears on Radio Essex

10th January 2019

Ben Hoare Bell LLP Partner and Family Solicitor Cris McCurley appeared on Radio Essex today. Cris was live on air to discuss a local criminal case in Essex and the criminal justice system in relation to domestic abuse. You can listen to Cris’ interview by following this link to the BBC Sounds website. Cris starts […]