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SERENA JOSHI JOINS THE TEAM

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to say a huge welcome to Serena Joshi, who joined the team on 11th June 2018. [caption id="attachment_9976" align="alignright" width="243"] Nottingham Solicitor: Serena Joshi[/caption] Serena is a Duty Solicitor based in the Criminal Defence department at our Nottingham office. Serena qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has developed a broad experience in criminal and regulatory law with firms in London and the Midlands, ranging from serious fraud to corporate manslaughter. Serena also has experience representing professionals facing criminal and disciplinary proceedings. When asked about her decision to join Bhatia Best, Serena said “I was attracted to Bhatia Best because their clients’ best interests are paramount. The firm is dedicated in achieving the best...

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Asiyah returns to Bhatia Best

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to say a huge welcome back to Asiyah Ahmed, who joined us on the 4th June 2018. Asiyah returns to Bhatia Best as a paralegal in our Criminal Defence department at our Nottingham office. Asiyah had previously worked at Bhatia Best during her placement year whilst studying for her Law Degree at Nottingham Trent University. During that time, Asiyah demonstrated herself to be a popular and highly capable member of the team and everyone at Bhatia Best is delighted that she has returned to the firm to begin her professional career in Law. Having now undertaken the Legal Practice Course, Asiyah aims to secure Police Station Accreditation and ultimately a [caption id="attachment_9968" align="alignright" width="250"]...

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YASSEMIN TILAN JOINS THE TEAM

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to say a huge welcome to Yassemin Tilan, who joined the team on 6th June 2018. Yassemin is an experienced Police Station Representative who has completed her Legal Practice Course. Yassemin will be based primarily at our Nottingham office and will work in the Criminal Defence department. Yassemin brings a vast experience of Police Station work, having dealt with the most serious of offences at her previous firms. Clients who are represented by Yassemin can be assured that they are in the safest of hands. [caption id="attachment_9959" align="alignright" width="250"] Nottingham Police Station Representative: Yassemin Tilan[/caption] When asked about her decision to join Bhatia Best, Yassemin said “I am extremely pleased to join the criminal...

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Hetal Patel joins Bhatia Best

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to say a huge welcome to Hetal Patel, who joined the team on 1st May 2018. Hetal is a Duty Solicitor based in the Criminal Defence department at our Nottingham office.  Hetal has worked on notable complex criminal cases including terrorism, murder, drug trafficking, fraud, money laundering and serious offences of violence. She has specialist knowledge of the legislation related to terrorism offences having prepared cases involving the funding and commission of acts of terror in Syria, Iraq and the Philippines [caption id="attachment_9950" align="alignright" width="250"] Nottingham Solicitor: Hetal Patel[/caption] When asked about her decision to join Bhatia Best, Hetal said “I joined Bhatia Best because I wanted to work for a firm and be...

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Crime Duty Solicitors -WE ARE HIRING

Bhatia Best are currently recruiting Crime Duty Solicitors at all of our offices; Nottingham, Derby and Mansfield. We welcome applications from those seeking Full-Time, Part-Time & Flexible working hours. All PQE considered. Offering a competitive salary and a wide range of Crime work, if you are interested please contact us by emailing jayne.sheehan@bhatiabest.co.uk with Crime Duty Vacancy in the subject title or click here.

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Student ordered to pay more than £800 after ‘racist chant’

Steven Ramsell, Solicitor Advocate and Associate in our Criminal Defence department, represented Mr Joe Tivnan in a case that attracted national news interest. Mr Tivnan, a student at Nottingham Trent University, pleaded Guilty to an offence of Racially Aggravated Disorderly Conduct, contrary to s5 Public Order Act 1986 at Nottingham Magistrates Court on the 24th May 2018. He accepted making racist and abusive comments within student accommodation, overheard by other students, including Miss Rufaro Chisango. He was sentenced to a £200 fine, £500 compensation for Miss Chisango, £85 prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge. This was a serious case that attracted national news interest from the moment the story broke. Mr Tivnan placed his trust in Bhatia Best Solicitors...

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E.U Regulation key in unusual Care Proceedings Case

Christina Mavromati, Solicitor in our Family Department, recently represented the father of a young Polish child subject to Care Proceedings. The child could not speak English and had no ties to the United Kingdom. The child’s mother was due to be deported back to Poland. The child’s father intended to return to Poland voluntarily. Understandably, neither parent wished to leave the child behind but due to the Care Proceedings, there was a risk that the child would have to remain in the UK. This would have prevented the child from returning to his homeland and having any chance of a relationship with his parents. Ms Mavromati together with the solicitor for the mother issued respective applications for the transfer of...

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Parental Responsibility and Re-Registration of Birth

Hannah-Marie Davies, Associate Partner in our Family Law department offers some guidance about this important issue. A father who is married to the child’s mother at the time of the birth will automatically acquire parental responsibility. As of 1 December 2003 an unmarried father acquires parental responsibility if he is named on his child’s birth certificate. If a father is not named on a child’s birth certificate, it is possible for him to acquire parental responsibility and be added to the birth certificate at a later stage in the child’s life. This can be achieved in the following ways: 1. Re-Registration by Agreement 2. Amendment by virtue of a Parental Responsibility Order 3. Application for Declaration of Parentage We have...

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Richard Ward joins Bhatia Best

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to say a big welcome to Richard Ward, who joined the team on 3rd April 2018. Richard is a Family Law solicitor and has joined our thriving Family and Children Law department in Nottingham. Richard brings a wealth of experience to the department, having qualified as a solicitor in 1976. His areas of expertise include divorce (including defended divorce, nullity & judicial separation), the dissolution of civil partnerships, financial remedy and private Children Law matters. If you require assistance with Family Law, please contact Richard or another member of our team on 0115 950 3231. Please click here to view Richard Ward’s profile

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Does the law allow you to kill a burglar who has broken into your home?

The case of a 78 year old pensioner, who was arrested on suspicion of Murder after the death of a suspected burglar, has again focused attention on what you can and can’t do if a burglar breaks into your home. Am I legally allowed to kill a burglar? This is an extremely complicated question. In short, the law allows anyone to use ‘reasonable force’: in self-defence; to defend their property; to defend others; to lawfully arrest someone who is committing a crime. ‘Reasonable force’ is not defined in law. When deciding to charge someone, the Crown Prosecution Service will consider: Whether or not the use of force was necessary in all the circumstances i.e. was there any need for force?...

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