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Phil Bowen joins Bhatia Best

[caption id="attachment_380" align="alignleft" width="150"] Phil Bowen[/caption] Bhatia Best is delighted to report that experienced Solicitor Higher Court Advocate Phil Bowen has joined our family department. Phil has extensive experience in conducting multi-day contested hearings in courts ranging from the Family Proceedings Court to the Court of Appeal. His reported cases include; establishing the rights of a father following a birth after fertility treatment and another setting out the rights of fathers in adoption proceedings. John Lea, head of family department said "Phil is an exciting addition to our team. It will be of particular benefit to clients that we will be able to offer an in house advocacy service in complex high court cases." Phil, who specialises primarily in care proceedings,...

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Adoption halted whilst miscarriage of justice investigated

A recent Court of Appeal case has halted the adoption of a little boy to allow further investigation of the risk that his parents may have been wrongly accused of abusing him. The boy, who cannot be named, suffered multiple broken bones which the High Court decided last year were inflicted by one or other of his parents. As a result the court decided that the boy should be placed outside his family for adoption. A further review of his medical records revealed the possibility that a deficiency of Vitamin D might have been responsible for the bones being broken through normal handling. The Court of Appeal halted the adoption process to obtain further expert evidence on this point from an...

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