High Court gives judgment in Operation Nutmeg Test Case

The High Court this morning handed down its judgment in the test case of R v A Chief Constable [2013] EWHC 2864 (Admin) challenging operation nutmeg. Bhatia Best represent a number of individuals challenging the lawfulness of approaches by the police  to request DNA samples from ex-offenders decades after their offences were committed. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act as […]

Successful challenge in homelessness cases

Bhatia Best has represented four individuals in linked appeals against Birmingham City Council, challenging the authority’s decision to refuse eligibility for homelessness support, under Part 7 Housing Act 1996. The Appellants in each of the four appeals had approached the authority for support, complaining that they had exhausted all other avenues in the United Kingdom […]

New team members in Derby

We are pleased to announce that Rob Wetton LLB Hons and James Close LLB Hons, both formerly of Dorians solicitors, have joined our Bhatia Best team in Derby. Both Rob and James are experienced local criminal duty solicitors bringing with them in excess of 30 years practice between them. Our team of criminal defence specialists […]

A claim for a diving accident in a party padding pool was dismissed.

In Cockbill v.Riley [2013] EWHC 656 (QB) the High Court considered whether the use of a paddling pool at a party created a reasonably foreseeable risk of serious harm.  The 16 year old Claimant sustained a catastrophic spinal injury when he misjudged an intended belly-flop landing head first. Dismissing the claim the Court ruled the […]

Access to Legal Aid

One of our criminal clients has recently been made subject to a restraining order with the requrement that he should not contact his former partner “except through solicitors for the purpose of arranging contact with his children”. He is in receipt of benefit and cannot possibly pay for legal assistance. Legal Aid has now been […]

Are Experts Really Necessary?

The Family Procedure Rules 2010 were amended to require as of 31 January 2013 that Judges first find that an expert is “necessary” prior to authorising instruction of such an expert. The Court of Appeal has addressed the issue of the meaning of “necessary” and has concluded that the test makes it likely that the […]