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Dale Vince ex-wife wins divorce cash battle

A woman has won a landmark Supreme Court bid to claim cash from her ex-husband 20 years after they divorced. Judges had initially blocked her claim after Mr Vince argued he had made his wealth after their relationship ended and she had made her application too late.Kathleen Wyatt, of Monmouthshire, applied for maintenance from former husband, Dale Vince founder of wind-power firm Ecotricity, in 2011. But five judges at the Supreme Court today overturned the decision and said her application should now be assessed in the family division of the High Court.  Delivering the ruling, Lord Wilson said the court must have regard "to the contribution of each party to the welfare of the family, including by looking after the home or...

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NTU GRADUATES OFFERED POSITIONS AT BHATIA BEST

Following Nottingham Trent University’s graduation week, Bhatia Best are pleased to offer two recent graduates full-time positions with the firm. Ben Brown and Jodie Smith were both Placement Students in 2012/13 as part of the Nottingham Trent University’s (LLB) Sandwich Placement Programme. Following their graduation, both have been offered full-time Paralegal positions at our Nottingham office while they undertake the Legal Practice Course on a part-time basis. Bhatia Best has a long standing relationship with Nottingham Trent University and has taken on Placement Students each year since 1993. Many of the firm’s current solicitors were introduced to Bhatia Best through the Placement Programme. Jodie, who will be working in the Nottingham Family Department, said “It’s brilliant that the firm are...

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NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY AND BHATIA BEST SOLICITORS

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY AND BHATIA BEST SOLICITORS – A FIRM RELATIONSHIP   The annual influx of Placement Students from the Nottingham Trent University's (LLB) Sandwich Placement Programme commenced work at Bhatia Best Solicitors this week. There are seven Placement Students in this year’s intake:- Rebecca Singleton - Public Law and Community Care Department. Lara Bethell – Nottingham Family Department. Hannah Cussans – Nottingham Family Department. Anthony Cheung – Nottingham Criminal Department. Alexis Vandyke-Mercer – Nottingham Criminal Department. Udochi Agbada – Nottingham Criminal Department Alice Herbert-Radford will provide a peripatetic support role in both the Family and Criminal Departments at Derby. All the students were successful in a rigorous interview process commencing in February of this year. Bhatia Best has a...

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Reforms to the Family Justice System

Reforms to the Family Justice System A single Family Court was created on 22 April 2014. On the same day, the majority of the family justice provisions in the Children and Families Act 2014 came into force. The new Family Court can deal with all family proceedings apart from a limited number of matters, which will be exclusively reserved to the High Court. Family proceedings courts will cease to exist. Magistrates' courts and the new single County Court will not be able to deal with family proceedings. However, as the Family Court can sit anywhere in England and Wales, it will be possible for it to sit in county or magistrates' court buildings. The Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) received royal assent on 13 March 2014. It...

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Glansfields join Bhatia Best

Glansfields join Bhatia Best  Longstanding Mansfield family and criminal practice Glansfields joined Bhatia Best on 1 April 2014. Robert Glansfield has practised in Mansfield all his career and is a criminal and family law practitioner, being both a criminal duty solicitor and holding specialist children’s panel accreditation. Bhatia Best are delighted to welcome Robert and all his staff with a view to providing enhanced expertise at their Mansfield office. Robert stated on joining that he looked forward to a long and fruitful relationship and felt that the venture provided the people of Mansfield with a quality service borne of increased size and expertise.  It also afforded him greater support and the ability to practice his profession in a forward thinking...

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Social Services meetings and Child Protection Conferences.

Social Services meetings and Child Protection Conferences. Social Workers may invite parents to Initial Child Protection Conferences (ICPCs) if, following their enquiries, they still have concerns about the children’s safety and welfare. The purpose of an ICPC is to collate information from everyone involved in the family’s life and the care of the children. Naturally the parents of the children and the allocated social worker will be invited to attend. Other people or agencies in attendance will vary depending on the circumstances such as: health visitor / school nurse / midwife teacher / nursery worker. Probation / youth justice worker Alcohol / drug key worker Housing worker Domestic abuse advisor The meeting will be chaired by an Independent Reviewing Officer...

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Grandparents’ Rights

Grandparents' Rights  When a couple separate, arrangements for the children are a crucial issue.  Parents focus upon arrangements between themselves and grandparents are often an afterthought.  Side-lined grandparents often seek advice from solicitors about their right to have contact with their grandchildren.  In essence, “grandparents’ rights” do not exist. Grandparents however can apply to the court for a Contact Order, but are not automatically entitled to have their case heard.  Unlike parents and guardians, grandparents do not have parental responsibility.  In order to apply for a contact order they must first obtain permission to apply. Under Section 10(9) Children Act 1989, when assessing whether or not to grant permission to apply, the court will consider the following: the nature of the...

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Is it a Broker?

How to ensure that you have direct contact with a family solicitor. This article is designed to advise potential family clients with regard to the changing face of the legal market in Family Law. The exclusion of private law matters from the scope of Legal Aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) which came into effect early in April 2013 has been largely responsible for changing the way a large number of Family Lawyers do business. Hitherto, private law matters were often pursued with the benefit of a Legal Aid Certificate.  After April 2013 anybody wishing to pursue a claim in the courts for private law children’s matters must pay privately for this unless in...

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New Family Law Solicitor for the Nottingham Office

New Family Law Solicitor for the Nottingham Office We are pleased to announce that Lucy Keiller LL.B (Hons)has joined our Bhatia Best team in Nottingham. Lucy trained at Fish & Co In Wolverhampton having already worked in Criminal Law at a local firm here in Nottingham. Lucy studied Law At Birmingham City University before completing her vocational studies at Nottingham Law School. As well as working as a Solicitor in our Family department,  Lucy is also an accredited police station representative. Our team of criminal defence and family law specialists in Nottingham continues to expand, offering high quality legal advice from our city centre base. To make an appointment to see Lucy, or any of our family law solicitors, call 0115 950 3231

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Residence and Contact Orders – Who wins?

Residence and Contact Orders When parents decide to end their relationship the issue of what happens to the children is often the paramount concern. The terms “custody” and “access” are still frequently used by members of the public and the media. However these terms are rather archaic in the justice system, with lawyers and other professionals using “residence” and “contact” to refer to what relationship parents have with their children. Where parents are in dispute as to what happens to the child(ren) mediators can facilitate a positive discussion between the parties helping them come to a sensible and realistic solution. Should mediation prove to be unsuccessful or unsuitable in the circumstances, then an applications forResidence or Contact Orders can be made to the court. A Residence Order dictates with whom a...

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