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8 things you should NEVER do if you are arrested

In this article, Ben Brown who is based at our Mansfield Criminal Department outlines 8 things you should NEVER do if arrested by the police. At my last count, I’ve represented over 1,200 people who have been in trouble with the police. In that time, I’ve managed to compile a helpful list of 8 things you should never do if you find yourself under arrest. Whatever offence you find yourself under arrest for – whether it is shoplifting or murder – you should always remember the following: 1. DON’T TALK I can’t stress this enough. DO NOT SAY ANYTHING to the police until you have spoken to a criminal defence solicitor. Although you might think you can talk your way out...

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Q&A with Emma Leivers, Criminal Defence Solicitor

In this edition of the Bhatia Best Q&A Session, we talk to Emma Leivers who is a Criminal Defence Solicitor at our Derby office. [caption id="attachment_8323" align="alignright" width="244"] Criminal Defence Solicitor: Emma Leivers[/caption] 1. What is your name? Emma Leivers 2. What is your role at Bhatia Best? Solicitor & co-manager of Criminal Department at Derby 3. Which department and office do you work in? Criminal Defence, Derby. 4. When did you join Bhatia Best? July 2007 as a placement student. 5. What does your typical day consist of? Advising and assisting clients at police stations, prisons and both Magistrates and Crown Courts, from minor offences such as assault and damage, through to murder, rape, human trafficking and terrorism offences. Co-management...

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Private Fostering

Fostering does not necessarily have to be arranged by the Local Authority. It is possible that a child can be privately cared for and accommodated by someone other than a parent, someone with parental responsibility or a relative. This is a private arrangement set up between the person with parental responsibility and the private foster carer. It is important to note that a child is not privately fostered if the person caring for him and accommodating him has done so for a period of less than 28 days and does not intend to do so for any longer period. It is crucial that private foster parents are aware they have limited rights in relation to the care of that child....

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Q & A with: Ciara Best

In this episode of the "Bhatia Best Q&A", we meet Ciara Best who is a Paralegal in our busy Civil Department. 1. What is your name? Ciara Best 2. What is your role at Bhatia Best? Paralegal 3. Which department and office do you work in? [caption id="attachment_9906" align="alignright" width="250"] Civil Paralegal: Ciara Best[/caption] Civil Department- Nottingham office. 4. When did you join Bhatia Best? August 2017 5. What does your typical day consist of? My day usually consists of talking to clients, corresponding with counsel and drafting documents. 6. What is the most rewarding part of your work? I work on the Jay inquiry. It’s a national inquiry which is looking into the abuse of children in care over...

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Advocacy and the Vulnerable

Over the past few weeks Solicitors in the Criminal Defence department here at Bhatia Best have been undertaking specialist ‘Advocacy and the Vulnerable’ training. This in-depth training programme has been provided by a Queen’s Counsel (QC) from the local Bar and overseen by The Law Society. The ‘Advocacy and the Vulnerable’ training programme has been designed to ensure that all advocates, when dealing with vulnerable witnesses, understand the key principles behind the approach to and questioning of vulnerable people in the justice system. The ‘Advocacy and the Vulnerable’ training was developed in conjunction with the Bar to help solicitors and barristers strike the balance between advancing their client’s case effectively whilst ensuring vulnerable witnesses are not subjected to undue stress....

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Non-Molestation Orders

Lucy Winterburn, a solicitor in our Family Department, offers some guidance in relation to non-molestation orders. A non molestation order is a court order to protect you from domestic violence. In order to apply for one, it must be against a relevant person. A relevant person can be someone you are or have been in a relationship with, a close relative or someone you are or have been living with. In order to apply, an application must be sent to the Court along with a statement setting out the incidents of violence or abuse. This can be physical, emotional, mental or financial abuse. The Court will list this matter on an urgent or non-urgent basis. If the matter is to...

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Released Under Investigation (RUI) – What does it mean?

In this article, Ben Brown, Trainee Solicitor in our Criminal Defence Department, offers some guidance on being ‘released under investigation’ following an arrest. If you’re reading this, you have probably had an interview with the police and been “released under investigation”. You probably have no idea what’s going on, haven’t heard from the police in weeks and are confused about the next steps. Sadly, you’re not alone. Being released under investigation means that the police investigation is still ongoing and that they will notify you of a decision “at some point in the future”. Before April 2017, if the police had enquiries to conduct, suspects would be released on “police bail”. This meant they had a date to come back...

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Q & A with: Christina Mavromati, Family Law Solicitor

In this installment of the "Bhatia Best Q&A", we meet Christina Mavromati who is a Family Law Solicitor at our Mansfield office. [caption id="attachment_9685" align="alignright" width="250"] Family Solicitor: Christina Mavromati[/caption] 1. What is your name? Christina Mavromati 2. What is your role at Bhatia Best? Solicitor 3. Which department and office do you work in? Family and Children Law, Mansfield 4. When did you join Bhatia Best? September 2015 5. What does your typical day consist of? Fighting the good fight! Attending Court to represent clients’ interests and liaising with professionals and opponents in order to effect productive and robust case management with a view to securing the best results for our clients as efficiently as possible. 6. What is...

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Medical cannabis to be legalised in the UK

Medical cannabis will be made available on prescription within weeks after it was approved for use by the government. Medical cannabis will be made available on prescription within weeks after it was approved for use by the government. The landmark move will pave the way for thousands of patients battling serious conditions to get relief from pain and seizures. Thousands of people with drug-resistant conditions will potentially be able to use cannabis-derived products for treatment after the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced they should be placed in schedule 2 of the 2001 Misuse of Drugs Regulations, allowing specialist doctors to prescribe them by the end of the year. In announcing the move, the Home Secretary said: “Recent cases involving sick...

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Can you legally smash a car window to save a dog?

As we continue to enjoy an unusually hot British summer, the issue of people leaving dogs in hot cars will unfortunately arise. Leaving a dog in a hot car can be extremely dangerous and pet owners should avoid doing it. If a dog dies as a result of being left in a hot car, the owner can be prosecuted for neglect or cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. If you see a dog in a hot car, your instinct might be to break in to help it, but is that the right thing to do? The advice from the RSPCA says that if the dog is showing any signs of heatstroke (heavy panting, drooling or vomiting) or if the...

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