Ben Hoare Bell doubles up in Newcastle

•Sunderland’s Ben Hoare Bell has opened a second office in Newcastle.

•Sunderland’s Ben Hoare Bell has opened a second office in Newcastle. The new office in Byker is the firm’s second in the city after it launched a base on Tyneside’s Jesmond district in February. The eight-partner firm is one of the largest legal aid providers in the region and its Byker office, the firm’s fifth location, will handle family, welfare and debt law. Ben Hoare Bell merged with Newcastle practice Welch Airs & Co in January.