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Confiscation of Mobile Phones

Confiscation of Mobile Phones

If you are arrested, the police may have the power to seize your devices, although whether the seizure is lawful depends entirely upon the individual circumstances of your case. If the device is lawfully seized, they may retain any information that they recover from it for use in evidence.

Of course, if you have a mobile phone, you will likely have a certain degree of security, such as a PIN code or password, which the police will not be able to bypass. Any social media accounts you are not logged into on your phone will also usually be password protected. Because of this, the police will likely ask you to unlock your phone and provide your login details for your social media accounts. Even if you are in custody and you under pressure to
comply with the police, you do not have to give this information, even when directly asked.
Once the police have arrested and cautioned you, you do not have to answer any of their questions, and you are entitled to independent legal advice.

In some cases, the police may issue you with a requirement to disclose to them any password or PIN code to a device, under s49 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 200. Assuming the request is lawful, failure to provide it within a reasonable period is serious criminal offence. It is therefore essential that you take legal advice if such a request is made of you.

Instructing Taylor Law

We can advise and represent you in the event that you are suspected of an offence and the authorities are trying to remove or have removed your electronic devices. We have substantial experience in making representations for the prompt return of devices and, in some instances, we have taken action through the courts for injunctions to prevent access to them and have any data taken from them destroyed.

Contact us

At Taylor Law we are specialists in criminal defence and representing police officers across a range of allegations.
We have expert criminal defence and police law solicitors in Middlesbrough, Leeds and London who can act for you and provide genuinely expert advice, guidance, and representation.
For an initial discussion, ring us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.

Terry Dicken Business Park Featured Business – Taylor Law

Terry Dicken Business Park Featured Business – Taylor Law

Taylor Law

Taylor Law are a nationally recognised firm of Solicitors committed to providing outstanding service to their business and personal clients. Offering a range of legal services, they recently relocated their HQ to the Terry Dicken Business Park in Stokesley.

Let’s find out more from their Practice Manager, Sue Taylor.

Legal Services

“Taylor Law are a national firm of Solicitors and we offer a range of legal services for both companies and individuals. These include, but are not limited to:
 Company Law
 Employment Law,
 Professional Negligence,
 Wills and Probate,
 Civil Dispute,
 Personal Injury,
 Criminal/Motoring Law,
 Regulatory,
 Pension Law
 Police Law ”

New Beginnings

“Although we have offices in Leeds and London, our Headquarters were based in Middlesbrough. However, we recently took the decision to relocate to Stokesley and have never looked back. We are delighted to be part of this vibrant business community and to offer fantastic facilities to our clients.”

Fighting the Law

“Being a nationally recognised firm, we were awarded the ‘Best Police Misconduct Law Firm’ award in the 2020 AI Legal awards. The Legal 500 described the firm as ‘rising stars’ in pension law. We have a strong team who are all experts within their own fields, enabling us to deliver a wide variety of services.”

So who are Taylor Law’s ideal customer?

Everybody Welcome

“Essentially anybody could be a customer. If you are a business we can help and can offer assistance in areas such as company law, employment law, pension law, criminal investigations and regulatory work such as Trading Standards and data protection.
Our range of services for private clients includes help with wills and probate, personal injury and driving offences.”

With over 150,000 practicing solicitors in the UK, why choose Taylor Law?

5 Star Service

“As experts in our field we pride ourselves on being professional, approachable, caring and sympathetic to all our clients’ needs. In fact, we regularly request client feedback. Some of the words we commonly see being used are warm, friendly, authoritative, forthright, practical, inspired, compassionate, human, non- judgmental and understanding. Our Trust Pilot rating is ‘excellent’.”

To conclude, I asked Sue why they decided to relocate to the Terry Dicken Business Park.

Nicer Working Environment

“Our previous Headquarters were in Middlesbrough. However, the Business Park offers a pleasant, calm environment for everyone with easily accessible facilities for all our clients and in particular, those with disabilities. The picturesque village of Stokesley is a wonderful location as a backdrop to the business.”

Taylor Law are particularly interested in talking to any local business about their services in company and employment law. They offer a free initial consultation. For more information visit their website – –  or call 01642 221108.


Taylor Law can be found at Unit 5, Roseberry Court, Terry Dicken Business Park, Ellerbeck Way, Stokesley, TS9 5QT.

Data Protection & Employment

Data Protection & Employment

Employment law and protection breaches

Due to recent updates in Data Protection legislation, Data controllers are subject to increasingly stringent requirements and, potentially greater penalties by the Information Commissioner.
Data Controllers must now notify, the Information Commissioner within 72 hours of any data breach concerning personal data held by them, this means that employers need to give due consideration to who the Data Controller at the organisation is and they need to set up a contingency and reporting structure.
Employers are obligated to take a workplace data protection breach seriously. With legal and reputational risks increasing, employers may be tempted to discipline their workers for a breach, where liability can be proved and treat them as gross misconduct. This would allow the employer to dismiss without notice or pay in lieu of notice where such a breach is proven, providing that systems,
processes and training were in place at the time of the breach.

Preventing employee data breach

Employers should now be concentrating their efforts on prevention rather than cure when it comes to employee data handling and storage. This can be achieved by ensuring regular and dedicated training for relevant staff about legislation such as GDPR, and putting in place clear and properly communicated policies.
Employees need a very clear understanding of their obligations and responsibilities and business leaders should treat this area with the same
importance as Health & Safety. Companies should audit their Data security regularly and stress test their systems to ensure compliance with the law. They should also ensure that any 3 rd party agreements to share data are drafted in line with best practice.

Penalties for breach of data protection rules

The ICO has the power to impose exceptionally large fines in respect of the breach of data protection law as well as the right to issue enforcement notices restricting data use.
There are two tiers of penalty, with the maximum payable in the standard tier £8.7 million or 2% of annual turnover, whichever is higher. In the higher tier, the maximum payable is £17.5 million or 4% of annual turnover, whichever is higher.
Audit and information notices may also be issued, with a view to investigating any possible legal infringement.

Our data protection legal services

If your business is being investigated by the ICO, we will advise and guide you through the process, ensuring that your rights are upheld, and that the organisation does not exceed its authority.
In the event that you are required to provide information under a search order, information notice or assessment notice, we will ensure that only the requested information is provided and that we have details of exactly what has been copied so that we have a good understanding of the direction of the investigation.
If the ICO is considering criminal proceedings against you or your organisation, we will provide a robust defence, to include attending interviews under caution with you and representing you in court proceedings.
We can also represent you in respect of civil proceedings brought by a member of the public in respect of an alleged breach of their data protection rights.
If your business identifies a data breach, we can advise you in respect of the correct notification procedure and manage the process to ensure that all obligations are complied with.

Contact us

Dealing with data protection matters is often complex and a breach can have far- reaching consequences for both the operation of your business and your reputation. We can intervene early on your behalf to minimise the damage caused and guide you through any investigation process.
We have an excellent track record of success in working with clients in respect of data protection investigations and litigation, with expert civil and criminal defence solicitors in Middlesbrough, Leeds and London who can step in immediately to advise and represent you.
For an initial discussion, ring us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.

Solicitors in Middlesbrough Move To new Offices

Solicitors in Middlesbrough Move To new Offices

Taylor Law have moved their head office operations to Unit 5, Roseberry Court, Stokesley Business Centre, Stokesley, Middlesbrough TS9 5QT.

Our new offices are located at Stokesley Business Centre which is based in the historical market town centre of Stokesley, situated on the Georgian High Street in a grade ll listed building.

The move allows us to be flexible to the needs of our clients, offering free parking and good travel links from all parts of the county.

The new office forms part of Taylor Law’s strategic growth plan and will facilitate access to a wider service portfolio over the coming period, whilst retaining the local base required by our valued client base.

Contact us
We have solicitors in Middlesbrough, Leeds and London who are experts in the field. If you are the subject of an investigation or allegations of a sexual nature have been made against you, ring us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.


Public Liability Solicitors in Middlesbrough

Public Liability Solicitors in Middlesbrough

Public Liability Claims Explained

Public liability and occupiers’ liability claims are very similar in nature and there is often some cross-over in relation to the law that is applied to them.

The most common types of claims are:
Trips or falls on public roads and pavements
Trips or falls in public parks and other public amenity areas
Accidents that occur in shops
Accidents that occur in privately owned buildings or land e.g. shopping centres
Accidents that occur in private properties
Other claims against the Local Authorities

Claims for trips or falls in public areas are generally difficult to pursue. It is therefore important that if such an accident occurs, photographs of the defective area are taken as soon as possible. Additionally, claims are substantially aided if photographs clearly showing measurements of the defect are also taken. You should also ensure that you report the accident as soon as possible to the relevant authority after you have taken the photos and measurements.
The most common defence used by Local Authorities is that they have implemented a reasonable system of inspection and repair. I.e. they only have to show that they inspected the area on a regular basis and that they undertook repairs within a reasonable timescale after they received reports about them. The mere presence of a pothole, for example, does not mean that the Local Authority has been negligent.
This does not mean that all claims will automatically fail though and it is therefore important to gather as much evidence of the defective area as quickly as you can.

Claims against privately owned buildings or land

Claims for accidents in shops and shopping centres for example are slightly easier to prove than those against Local Authorities.
At Taylor Law, we deal with plenty of claims against supermarkets, shops and shopping centres, where injuries occur regularly due to liquid spills or items being on the floor of the premises.

Footfall in shops and shopping centres is usually significantly higher than on a public footpath. Therefore, the onus on the Defendant owner or occupier of the premises to inspect the area and rectify defects and remove obstructions is much higher.
In order to successfully defend a claim, the Defendant must be able to show that it has effective risk assessments, a good system of inspection and a good cleaning policy and that it had implemented the same on the day of the accident.

As above it is important that you take photographs and measurements of the defect, spillage or cause of your accident as soon as possible. You will also need to ensure that you report the accident as soon as you are able to do so. It will aid a claim if accurate details of the accident are reported at the time.
At Taylor Law we offer in-depth expertise and pragmatic advice. If you are involved in a public liability case, we will provide strong guidance and representation and work with you to resolve the issue without delay.

Taking legal advice early on as soon as the situation arises offers the best chance of quick resolution and is important to ensure that any evidence such as CCTV can be preserved.
We have offices in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London. For an initial discussion, ring us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.