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Hospital Refused To Disclose Wife’s Whereabouts or Condition

Martin Bridger, recently appointed as an Associate and experienced solicitor in our thriving Public Law Department, has been described as a ‘guardian angel’ by a client. The Client had previously been represented by Hannah-Marie Davies, another recently appointed Associate and a senior solicitor in our Family Department.  Hannah-Marie was contacted by the Client and then by chance saw him looking distressed nearby to our Office and enquired whether he was ok. The client explained that he had been informed that his Wife, who suffered from a rare type of illness, had been admitted to Hospital but nobody was willing to disclose any information to him, including her actual location, despite him being her [caption id="" align="alignright" width="177"] Nottingham Solicitor: Martin Bridger[/caption]...

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Congratulations to newly appointed Associates

We would like to congratulate Neil O’Sullivan, Hannah-Marie Davis and Martin Bridger following their promotion to Associate Partner on 1.12.17. Neil works in our Nottingham Crime Department having joined us many years ago from Nelsons Solicitors. Over the years, Neil has earned a reputation as an excellent criminal advocate which has brought him a large following of clients. Neil is regarded as one of the best Youth Court advocates in the Midlands. Hannah-Marie is a Law Society Children’s Panel accredited solicitor who regularly receives instructions from Guardians to represent children in care proceedings. Hannah-Marie is a Child Law specialist with many years of experience. Martin Bridger was admitted as a Solicitor in 2009 and is an expert in Public Law...

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Cohabiting couples warned of ‘common law marriage’ myths

Millions of unmarried couples who live together could be unaware of their rights if the relationship breaks down, a family law group has warned. Resolution carried out a survey which found two-thirds of cohabiting couples wrongly believe "common-law marriage" laws exist when dividing up finances. The number of unmarried couples living together has more than doubled from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.3 million in 2017. Resolution chairman Nigel Shepherd said current laws were "behind the times". He said: "The government must listen to the public, legal professionals and a growing number of politicians who all agree that we need reform to provide basic rights to cohabiting couples should they separate." Mr Shepherd said "society has changed", as cohabiting couples...

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Mansfield Solicitor ‘saves 2 dogs lives’ and proves they are not dangerous

Mansfield based Partner, Tom Oates, helped his client successfully prove that his two dogs were not Pitbulls and avoided them being put to sleep. The two dogs were seized because a Police expert said they had ‘substantial characteristics’ of a Pitbull, a [caption id="" align="alignright" width="164"] Mansfield Solicitor: Tom Oates[/caption] prohibited breed in the UK. There was no suggestion that they had acted aggressively. Our client was sure that the dogs were not Pitbulls but he was going to plead guilty ‘to get it over with’. Doing this would have seen the dogs, loved by the client and his family, destroyed. Our client would also have received a criminal conviction and potentially a prison sentence. Thankfully our client contacted Mr...

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Ashfield Councillor cleared of all charges following evidence obtained by Bhatia Best

Leader of the Ashfield Independents, Councillor Jason Zadrozny was cleared of 24 counts of sexual abuse on Monday 30th October 2017 at Nottingham Crown Court before HHJ Coe QC when the Prosecution offered no evidence on the day the case was listed for trial. Mr Zadrozny represented by solicitor Matt Hayes of Bhatia Best has spent 2 ½ years attempting to clear his name in relation to what he described as politically motivated false allegations. Commenting afterwards Matt stated that fundamental pieces of the prosecution evidence were undermined by detailed research thus calling into question the credibility of the primary prosecution witness. A substantial amount of analysis also led to criticism in relation to the lack of disclosure of relevant...

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Case dropped against youth who was ‘playing with toy gun in garden’

Rebecca Williams (who is one of our Criminal Defence Solicitors at our Mansfield office) recently represented a 12 year old client after he was arrested by police on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. [caption id="attachment_9201" align="alignright" width="187"] Mansfield Solicitor: Rebecca Williams[/caption] The client (who had never been in trouble with the police before) had been playing in his friend’s back garden with a toy gun. Police received a 999 call following which our client was arrested, taken to a police station and detained in a cell. At the police station, the client requested Bhatia Best Solicitors and and Rebecca Williams attended to represent him. Following Rebecca's expert advice and assistance, our client was released without charge...

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Nottingham Solicitor obtains community order for man who grew cannabis to aid a severe disability

Bhatia Best Solicitor Matthew Smith recently represented a client who was found with a cannabis grow at his home address. Following a police raid, a quantity of cannabis plants were discovered in various stages of growth. The client was subsequently arrested for production of cannabis. [caption id="attachment_9184" align="alignright" width="199"] Nottingham Solicitor: Matthew Smith[/caption] The police were adamant that they had found over 110 cannabis plants, but Bhatia Best instructed a forensic expert who examined the plants and found that in fact only 27 of the plants were cannabis, the rest being completely legal houseplants. At Nottingham Crown Court, the Crown Prosecution Service accepted our client’s basis of plea that he was not a drug dealer and that the cannabis was...

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Mansfield Solicitor secures suspended sentence for client on 9th driving offence

Morgan Hogarth (who is based at our Mansfield office) recently represented a client who was charged with his 9th offence of driving whilst disqualified. These offences took place between 1990 to 2015 and the most recent was in October 2017. Having regard to the sentencing guidelines, the client faced an immediate prison sentence. [caption id="attachment_9162" align="alignright" width="201"] Mansfield Crime Solicitor: Morgan Hogarth[/caption] Thanks to the client requesting our services at the police station and the continuity of representation, Mr Hogarth was able to successfully persuade the Magistrates Court to deal with the client by way of a Suspended Sentence Order and therefore the client avoided an immediate prison sentence. This case underlines the importance of requesting a solicitor at the police station and...

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Divorce numbers for opposite-sex couples highest since 2009

The number of divorces last year in England and Wales was the highest since 2009, official figures show. There were 106,959 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2016 - an increase of 5.8% from 2015. It was the biggest year-on-year rise since 1985, when there was a jump of 10.9%. Of 112 divorces of same-sex couples in 2016, 78% involved female couples. Charity Relate said rising levels of household debt and stagnating wages could be putting a strain on marriages. For those in opposite-sex marriages, the divorce rate was highest for women in their 30s and men aged between 45 and 49. Overall, there were 8.9 divorces per 1,000 married men and women. ONS spokeswoman Nicola Haines said: "Although the number of...

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