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Is it illegal to throw snowballs? Why you could be risking a PRISON SENTENCE for throwing snow

As the temperature is starting to fall, the Met Office has issued its annual snow warning. Scores of people will be donning scarves, hats and gloves and heading out to play in the snow, make snowmen and throw snowballs. But can throwing snowballs really get you in trouble with the law? An offence of common assault is committed when a person either assaults another person or commits a battery. An assault is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to apprehend the immediate infliction of unlawful force. A battery is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly applies unlawful force to another. If a person throws a snowball which hits another person, it is likely that they have...

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Met police driver faces criminal investigation after ramming moped

A police officer is under criminal investigation after ramming into a moped rider who was left with serious head injuries and broken bones. The unnamed officer struck the scooter to deliberately stop the 17-year-old youth riding dangerously in Erith, southeast London, in November last year. The teenager, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, was taken to hospital with serious head injuries and fractures but was later discharged. The officer is believed to be the only one so far to face criminal investigation after using the controversial “tactical contact” measure, whereby police in cars knock a suspect off their moped or scooter, so they can be arrested. Police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is...

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Drink Driving: The Morning After The Night Before

Rebecca Williams, Duty Solicitor in our Criminal Department, talks about the risks involved with driving ‘the morning after the night before’.   We all know the dangers of going out, drinking and driving home; but what about driving the next morning? It’s that time of year of office parties, Christmas drinks and socialising with family and friends. You might go out for a few drinks after work or to your Christmas party and have a few more than you intended. You know that you shouldn’t drink and drive so you get a taxi, get home and go to sleep because you’ve got work the next day. You get up the following morning, get in your car and drive yourself to...

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Police knocking suspects off mopeds – is it legal?

[su_youtube url="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TtoKz1FLVh8"] Dramatic dashcam footage shows police in London ramming into suspected moped thieves – sending them flying into the air – as their war on crime takes a more hardline approach. The Home Secretary has voiced his support for the new tactic, calling it “exactly what we need”. However, many people – including the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott – have voiced their concerns and raised questions about the legality of the attempting to drive into someone riding a moped. The Criminal Law Act 1957, the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and common law sets out how much force the police can use. The police are entitled to use “reasonable force in all the circumstances”. The law allows...

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Congratulations Frank & Sabeel!

Bhatia Best would like to congratulate Frank Sheeran and Sabeel Hussain on becoming fully-accredited Police Station Representatives. The Accreditation process has two parts; the submission of a detailed written portfolio of cases and then a practical Critical Incidents Test. Frank and Sabeel are both paralegals who are based in our busy Nottingham Criminal Defence Department and are now both fully-accredited Representatives. This means that they have both demonstrated such capability, knowledge and experience that they are able to represent any individual at the Police Station, regardless of the case. We have no doubt that this is only the start of things to come for Frank and Sabeel, in what will surely be very successful careers in Law. Well done Frank...

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Kelly Shaw joins Bhatia Best

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to say a big welcome to Kelly Shaw, who joined our expert Criminal Defence team in September 2018. Kelly is an accredited Police Station Representative. Kelly studied at Cardiff University and prior to working at Bhatia Best, worked as a Paralegal for another law firm in the East Midlands. It was during this time that Kelly undertook the necessary training to qualify as a Police Station Representative. Throughout her time at that firm, Kelly developed a wide knowledge of Criminal Law work and Police Station representation. Kelly now brings that wealth of experience to her work at Bhatia Best. [caption id="attachment_10754" align="alignright" width="300"] Criminal Paralegal: Kelly Shaw[/caption] When asked about her decision to join...

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Q&A with Personal Injury Lawyer, Neal Bell

Personal Injury Solicitors

In this episode of Q&A, we talk to Neal Bell who heads up our Personal Injury department. [caption id="attachment_9739" align="alignright" width="250"] Personal Injury Lawyer: Neal Bell[/caption] 1. What is your name? Neal Bell 2. What is your role at Bhatia Best? Solicitor 3. Which department and office do you work in? Personal Injury, Nottingham 4. When did you join Bhatia Best? 1992 5. What does your typical day consist of? Doing the necessary paperwork to progress files and meeting with clients. 6. What is the most rewarding part of your work? Funnily enough during the life of a claim, following and often admiring a client’s journey as they recover from serious injury. 7. What first interested you in a career...

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Criminal Lawyers – Why We Do What We Do

I represented a mother who was charged with a Public Order Act offence for allegedly threatening another woman, calling her a “nonce” and warning the other woman to stay away from our client’s daughter. She instructed us after her interview and while on police bail pending her first appearance at the magistrates court. Our client denied making any threats, accepted calling the woman a “nonce” and merely told her to stay away from the daughter. The alleged victim’s statement denied that she was a paedophile and stated that our client had been making false allegations that had led to her being released without charge. [caption id="attachment_9162" align="alignright" width="250"] Criminal Defence Lawyer: Morgan Hogarth[/caption] The unusual aspect was that the alleged...

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Priscilla Adu Boahen joins Bhatia Best

[caption id="attachment_10736" align="alignright" width="300"] Public Law Solicitor: Priscilla Adu Boahen[/caption] Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to say a big welcome to Priscilla Adu Boahen, who joined our expert Public Law and Community Care Department in August 2018. Priscilla is a solicitor in our Public Law and Community Care Department. Priscilla joined Bhatia Best in August 2018 and put her decision down to our strong presence in that area of law. Priscilla qualified as a Solicitor in August 2015 and has a great amount of experience in dealing with a range of Public Law and Community Care matters, mental capacity issues and related litigation. When asked about her decision to join Bhatia Best, Priscilla said “Bhatia Best Solicitors is well...

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Jail time to double for assaulting an emergency worker

Individuals who assault or attack emergency workers face longer jail terms as a new law backed by government comes into force. A new offence will double the maximum sentence from 6 to 12 months in prison for assaulting an emergency worker. This covers police, prison officers, custody officers, fire service personnel, search and rescue services and paramedics. The new law will also mean that judges must consider tougher sentences for a range of other offences - including GBH and sexual assault - if the victim is an emergency worker. Ministers have acted to recognise the debt of gratitude the public feels towards our emergency services, and for the courage, commitment and dedication they show every day in carrying out their...

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