Barristers and solicitors outside Southwark Crown Court, London, during a nationwide strike against Government plans to cut fees as part of a bid to slash £220 million from the legal aid budget

Two thirds of North East law firms 'could close' as Legal Aid contracts are slashed, lawyer claims

North East criminal lawyers say government cuts to Legal Aid could lead to "reduction in firms and in justice" in the region

North East to begin formal talks with Government over devolution deal

Greg Clark MP
North East leaders to put forward proposals to Cities Minister Greg Clarke MP before negotiating with the Chancellor

Ancient medieval priory unearthed by Northumberland villagers

Local volunteers working at the ancient priory dig site next to St Mary the Virgin church in Holystone
Volunteers unearth remains of nunnery at Holystone, which was targeted in Henry VIII's Dissolution of the monasteries in 1539

Wilderness and its appeal explored at Newcastle University conference

Nature reclaims an old industrial site at Blaydon Burn in Gateshead
Delegates arrive on Tyneside from across the world for wild event which has lured experts in landscape and the wilderness

The Feathers Inn is tickled by the rise of the brewsters

Pictured from left Laura Jayne Burlison, Pia Castleton Annie Ball and Helen Cradock
The achievements of women in the food and drink sector will be celebrated at a popular festival in Northumberland

Thinking Digital's Herb Kim appointed executive chairman to advisory board of Tech North

Thinking Digital chief executive Herb Kim
Initiative, part of the Tech City UK network, is design to fuel the growth of the digital economy in the North of England

Furniture Clinic in Burnopfield to create new jobs as it grows on back of major expansion

From left, Jessica Barron, Ben Staerck and Jordan Smith at Furniture Clinic in Burnopfield
Investment will allow Burnopfield company to increase capacity by more than 300% while taking on eight to ten new employees

Historic Old Low Light at North Shields Fish Quay gets new lease of life

A heritage gallery completes the final phase of development to tell story of the Fish Quay and North Shields down the years

North East Business Awards Teesside Heat RECAP from Teesside University's Olympia Building

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Pictures and all the winners from the from the Teesside heat of the North East Business Awards at Teesside University's Olympia Building

Labour will build high speed rail linking linking Newcastle with North West, Ed Balls announces

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls
Shadow Chancellor reveals plans to delay or scrap parts of the planned "HS2" high speed rail scheme and link northern cities together instead

Shell UK reveal 250 jobs to go from North Sea operations

Shell
Oil giant is making further cuts, on top of the 250 jobs reduction announced last summer, as part of cost saving measures

North East Entrepreneurs weigh in on positive end to 2014

Nigel Mills , Chairman of the Entrepreneurs Forum
Entrepreneurs' Forum Business Tracker Survey shows 65% of business owners saw sales increase over the final quarter of 2014

Gateshead fundraiser Katie Cutler talks of 'negative' remarks about her weight

The Fit Factor contestants work out at David Fairlamb Fitness. Katie Cutler
Katie Cutler has embarked on this year’s Fit Factor which will see her, along with five other finalists, put through a 12-week fitness programme

North East offshore supply chain offered a lifeline after Budget but there are still concerns for the future

From left: Bill Laurie, general manager at OGN; Dennis Clark, OGN chairman and Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP
North East experts say there was a lot in the Budget to encourage the beleaguered industry but raise concerns about investor confidence

18,000 turn out in North East to take part in garden birdwatch event

A robin
Record response in North East helps track fortunes of visiting species

Duchess of Northumberland opens Alnmouth affordable homes

The Duchess of Northumberland opens the new affordable housing scheme in Lint Gardens Alnmouth
The Duchess of Northumberland has officially opened new affordable housing built by a not-for-profit provider at Alnmouth
Barristers and solicitors outside Southwark Crown Court, London, during a nationwide strike against Government plans to cut fees as part of a bid to slash £220 million from the legal aid budget

Two thirds of North East law firms 'could close' as Legal Aid contracts are slashed, lawyer claims

North East criminal lawyers say government cuts to Legal Aid could lead to "reduction in firms and in justice" in the region

Paul Linford: Miliband and Cameron - by the middle of May one of them will be PM

Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in a live Q&A during the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10
Paul Linford on David Cameron's unexpected comments about his own future - and what it means for the election and beyond

Wilderness and its appeal explored at Newcastle University conference

Nature reclaims an old industrial site at Blaydon Burn in Gateshead
Delegates arrive on Tyneside from across the world for wild event which has lured experts in landscape and the wilderness

Jonathan Arnott: We have a chance to curb the excesses of the European Union

Prime Minister David Cameron
Ukip North East MEP Jonathan Arnott on how being a turkey voting for Christmas in the European Parliament can be a thankless task
North of England Energy, Marine and Offshore Report

Business Supplement: North of England Energy, Marine and Offshore Report

The Journal is pleased to present the March 2015 supplement covering the North of England's Energy, Marine and Offshore industry

Surveying industry appeals for more North East women to join its ranks

Hannah Furness
RICS launch campaign to encourage more North East women to consider surveying as a career option, in a bid to tackle workforce diversity issues

Cramlington manufacturer Copperchase Ltd secures $6m contract in Southern Iraq

Crosland Park in Cramlington
The Cramlington firm used a £200,000 loan from the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund to secure a performance bond needed to land the deal

Advantex Network Services Ltd announces growth plans after securing new work with Rockliffe Hall

Rockliffe Halls Ivor Godfrey, left, with Stephen OConnell from Advantex
Gateshead IT company has carried out numerous projects at renowned hotel, including event support at Senior Masters golf tournament
Peterlee parents left devastated after their stillborn baby was left in a North hospital fridge for a month

Peterlee parents left devastated after their stillborn baby was left in a North hospital fridge for a month

Little Blake Hardy, who died in the womb at 23 weeks, was placed in the chiller after he was born, when he should have been taken for a post mortem

Game On at Byker Metro station as latest artwork is unveiled

Game On at Byker Metro station as latest artwork is unveiled
Final commission in arty makeover of city centre station invites passengers to play along on an interactive journey

Adventure Valley in Durham is to spring a surprise with help of star trampolinist Kat Driscoll

Adventure Valley in Durham is to spring a surprise with help of star trampolinist Kat Driscoll
Rio Olympics hopeful Kat Driscoll is to launch UK's biggest Jumping Pillow at Adventure Valley in County Durham
Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong is singled out for praise by England captain Wayne Rooney

Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong is singled out for praise by England captain Wayne Rooney

The 18-year-old striker scored twice for England as captain in a 6-1 win over Switzerland - is he now making a case to start the Wear-Tyne derby?

London Irish 22-21 Newcastle Falcons analysis: Yet more frustration

London Irish 22-21 Newcastle Falcons analysis: Yet more frustration
Dean Richards could not conceal his anger at both the referee and his own players as Newcastle Falcons fell to yet another narrow defeat

Sunday brunch: Kell Brook shines in Sheffield and North Shields are off to Wembley

Sunday brunch: Kell Brook shines in Sheffield and North Shields are off to Wembley
Glenn McCrory delivers his Sunday brunch after a fantastic night of boxing in Sheffield followed great news that North Shields FC are going to Wembley
Pictured from left Laura Jayne Burlison, Pia Castleton Annie Ball and Helen Cradock

The Feathers Inn is tickled by the rise of the brewsters

The achievements of women in the food and drink sector will be celebrated at a popular festival in Northumberland

Folk award winners Roberts and Lakeman head for Seahouses B&B

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
The latest gig at an extraordinary guest house and live music venue will feature two of folk's most accomplished performers

Review: Yet Another Evening With Rick Wakeman, Hall One, Sage Gateshead

Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman showed he is a seasoned performer with a night of music and storytelling at Sage Gateshead
Pictured from left Laura Jayne Burlison, Pia Castleton Annie Ball and Helen Cradock

The Feathers Inn is tickled by the rise of the brewsters

The achievements of women in the food and drink sector will be celebrated at a popular festival in Northumberland

Secret Diner: The Roxburgh, Park Avenue, Whitley Bay

The Roxburgh in Whitley Bay
An unlicensed restaurant that only opens during the day wins the approval of the region's most discerning critic

Lumley Castle plans St George's Day celebrations

Lumley Castle
People are being invited to book up at the 600-year-old castle-turned-luxury hotel in County Durham for an evening of food feasting and fun

Alps plane crash: Germanwings and Lufthansa facing questions over the mental state of co-pilot

Andreas Lubitz had reportedly been battling mental health and had taken a long break in his pilot training

Alps plane crash: UK airlines to review policies of cockpit manning levels

UK's Civil Aviation Authority have asked all UK airlines to review their cockpit manning levels following the Alps plane crash

Videos & Photos

Visualsoft named company of the year at Teesside Business Awards

Karen Slater outside her home in Ryton

Property gallery: Historic Ryton village home is a happy one

Lionra British Irish Business Network's Shamrock Ball, Newcastle Gateshead Hilton.

See pictures from the Shamrock Ball staged on Tyneside held by Irish business group Lionra

 
 

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