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 […]

Indeterminate sentences ruled unlawful

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPP) are unlawful. More than 6000 prisoners in England and Wales are currently serving such sentences. Many are detained beyond the term fixed within the sentence as punishment and under the current legislation must prove that they are no longer a […]

Squatting as a Criminal Offence

From 1st September 2012 it has become a criminal offence to squat in a residential building. Bhatia Best Solicitors have experts available to advise both squatters and homeowners.

Every Child in Need

The Department of Education is proposing wide-ranging changes to the legal framework which protects society’s most vulnerable children throughout England and Wales, removing the obligation on Local Authorities to act swiftly in assessing the needs of children at potential risk. The proposals are set out in a consultation which runs until 4th September 2012 (https://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/departmentalinformation/consultations/a00211065/revised-safeguarding-guidance.). […]

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