Ken Hind retired from criminal practise as a practising barrister in 2017. He is the former MP for West Lancashire, became Leader of the Ribble Valley Borough Council in May 2017 and resigned in January 2019. Since then he has continued to be an activsit in the Conservative Party and is the agent and campaign organiser in the Ribble Valley Conservative Association. He has detailed interest in policing , housing, planning, welfare benefits, law and order issues, safeguarding and reform of local government. He is a passionate believer in the need to protect the environment and quality of life in the Ribble Valley especially improving the centres of Clitheroe Longridge, and Whalley.
Newton Chambers was a product of the changing legal aid structure, reduction in fees and alterations practising rules governing the legal profession. It is the result of a need to rethink reorganise and reconfigure. It exists as a virtual chambers on the internet , no thick piled carpets and chandeliers, it is designed to provide high quality criminal and motoring defence services to clients. It is the apple that fell from the tree of the network of criminal barristers chambers up and down the country, which that can no longer be justified in this technological age.
Newton Chambers was founded and run by Kenneth Hind CBE LLB Barrister at Law called to the bar in 1973, specialising in murder, causing death by dangerous or careless driving, serious violence, organised crime, sex offences including rape, allegations of child abuse, people trafficking,fraud, drugs and traveller cases. The new chambers is set up to focus on the provision of legal advice and delivery of high quality advocacy in Crown and Magistrates Courts, specialising in criminal trials. In the last 7 years of practise before retiring in 2017 Ken Hind conducted criminal cases many of which were trials in Middlesborough, York, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield,Doncaster, Carlisle, Lancaster, Preston, Burnley, Bolton, Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Lincoln, Grimsby, Exeter, Taunton, Derby, Cardiff, Swansea, Canaervon and London including the Court of Appeal.
All clients needed to know that by article 6(3)(c) European Convention on Human Rights;
3. Everyone charged with a criminal offence has the following minimum rights:
(c) to defend himself in person or through legal assistance of his own choosing or, if he has not sufficient means to pay for legal assistance, to be given it free when the interests of justice so require;
Legal Aid was available for large numbers of criminal cases subject to means through firms of solicitors who hold legal aid franchises. Ken Hind took instructions from all solicitors whose clients exercise their right to select a barrister of their choice, to represent them. He attended prisons or solicitors offices for conferences and held conferences by Skype or video link. He believes and still campaigns for more extensive legal aid for those who cannot afford to fund their own defence.
In the North West Ken Hind he particularly with ;-
- FMB Solicitors Blackburn
- Quality Solicitors C Turners Blackburn
- Farleys Solicitors Blackburn and Manchester
- Southerns Solicitors Burnley Nelson and Colne
- Steele Ford Newton Bacup Burnley
- Pond Marsh – Blackpool
- Forbes Preston Leyland and Chorley