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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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7 December 2012 – Only 76 working days left for family legal aid.

Legal aid is being withdrawn from most family law disputes at the end of March 2013. This is due to cost cutting measures introduced by the government under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Due to the Easter holiday the last day for legal aid to be granted for many cases will be Thursday 28 March 2013. If legal aid is granted before the deadline it will normally continue until the case is concluded provided you remain eligible. But new legal aid applications after 1 April 2013 will not be entertained unless the case is one for which legal aid remains available. From a practical point of view this means that anyone wanting to resolve...

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