MOT due but in self-isolation

30th March 2020

Motorists will be concerned if their MOT is due during the current Covid-19 crisis that getting vehicles checked will be very difficult as many garages may be closed and leaving home to attend a garage is in any event contrary to government advice on self-isolation.  The government have now confirmed that MOT dates for cars, […]

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update

19th March 2020

Ben Hoare Bell LLP will carry on as normal until told otherwise and so it is business as usual at the firm. We are committed to delivering services to all of our clients during this difficult and uncertain time. Our priority is the health and safety of our employees, clients and the people we work […]

Medomsley Detention Centre Compensation Update

13th March 2020

Andrew Freckleton, Partner at Ben Hoare Bell LLP, provides an update on developments including details concerning a settlement scheme which has recently been agreed with the Ministry of Justice to provide compensation to survivors of physical abuse suffered by staff members at Medomsley Detention Centre. The scheme will operate outside of the Civil Courts with […]

Manchester Arena Bomb Trial – what are ‘agreed facts’?

The trial of Manchester Arena bomber’s brother Hashem Abedi is drawing to a close at the Old Bailey, London. At the end of the Prosecution case, which opened on 3 February 2020 and continued until 10 March 2020, the Prosecution read out a number of “agreed facts”. These ‘facts’ include a wide range of information, […]

Virgin Media Data Breach

9th March 2020

A Virgin Media database containing the personal details of 900,000 people was left unsecured and accessible online for 10 months the company has admitted. The database which contained phone numbers, home and email addresses was accessed “on at least one occasion” by an unknown user. Reports have confirmed the data breach was not due to […]

Medomsley Detention Centre – Serving Prison Officer Attempted To Pervert Justice

3rd March 2020

Former Medomsley Detention Centre Officer John McGee was convicted at Teesside Crown Court in December 2018 of misconduct in public office. John McGee’s son also called John McGee was a serving Prison Officer at HMP Frankland in Durham when he sent an email to Durham Prison Governor Phil Husband requesting the Governor speak to a […]

Medomsley Detention Centre Settlement Scheme

1st March 2020

A settlement scheme has been agreed with the Ministry of Justice to provide compensation to survivors of physical abuse suffered by staff members at Medomsley Detention Centre. The scheme will operate outside of the Civil Courts with a tariff of compensation awards dependent on the length of the period of detention. There is also a […]