Bhatia Best supports the “Man Enough” campaign against domestic violence.

On 26th November the Nottingham Evening Post launched the Man Enough workplace challenge – asking businesses across the county to get as many sign-ups as possible between now and Christmas, in a bid to get the message to a wide audience. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the help that is out there for […]

Abolition of IPP for dangerous offenders. New mandatory life sentences.

Indefinite sentences of imprisonment for public protection have been replaced by a new regime which is effective from 3rd December 2012. The primary sentence to replace the IPP is the Extended Determinate Sentence (EDS). This consists of a fixed term followed by an extended period of licence. There are two release provisions, depending upon the […]

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Legal aid is being withdrawn from most family law disputes at the end of March 2013.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 […]

Equality Act 2010 – prohibiting age discrimination

On 1stOctober 2012 the provisions in the Equality Act 2010, which prohibit age discrimination in the provision of goods and services and the exercise of public functions, came into force. These provisions will create new causes of action permitting victims of age discrimination to bring either claims in the County Court for damages and other […]

Zambrano carers allowed access to Social Welfare and Housing

On 7 November 2012 the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the case of Pryce v London Borough of Southwark. The Appellant (Pryce) was unlawfully present in the UK, but the sole carer of her British citizen children. She was successful in establishing that she has an EU right of residence in this case, following […]

Lengthy sentence for drug dealing from prison

The court of appeal upheld lenthy sentences imposed on prisoners who continued their drug dealing operation. In R v Morley and Others 2012 EWCA Crim 1866 M, C and Y were convicted of conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs. Drugs were distributed in Cumbria, West Yorkshire and the North East. Y ran […]

Recent ruling as to what constitutes a valid marriage

In the recent case of MA –v- JA and the Attorney General (2012) EWHC 2219 (FAM) the court ruled that a marriage was valid: • A husband and wife asserted that they had been validly married in a ceremony of marriage that took place at a mosque in 2002. They sought a declaration that their […]

Personal injury client assisted by Community Care team

A personal injury client who had a fore foot amputation was unable to use his bath. The Local Authority have community care obligations and a bathing assessment was requested. The initial assessment confirmed that a formal assessment was required but there was a 9 month waiting list! The matter was referred to our Public Law […]

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 […]

Rights of vulnerable families to housing and social benefits.

The recently reported case of Ruiz Zambrano v Office National De L’emploi (c-34-/09) (2012) 2 WLR 886 will be used as a useful tool to ensure that local authority housing departments provide necessary urgent accommodation to avoid destitution and homelesness. Bhatia Best’s public law team has recently lodged an appeal to the Court of Appeal […]