New family law solicitor in Derby office

Manesha Ruparel,  formerly of Larken & Co Solicitors in Newark, has joined Bhatia Best and is based in our Derby office.   Previously a partner at HMT solicitors, Manesha has a breadth of experience  in successfully dealing with  cases involving divorce, complex financial issues, domestic violence and children matters. Manesha has been qualified for more than five years […]

1100 Construction sites fail to meet basic safety standards

During September 2013 the Health & Safety Executive(HSE) carried out a number of unannounced visits to construction sites. The HSE has carried out inspections of a similar nature in the past.  The purpose being to enforce standards, prevent immediate risks, bring about improvements to the workplace and to ensure that the HSE’s expectations of the industry are met. […]

Court of Appeal causes uncertainty over Tenancy Deposits.

Landlords who take deposits from tenants must protect the money in an Authorised Scheme and give Scheme information to their tenants. Failure to do so can stop landlords evicting tenants and they can incur financial penalties. Now the Court of Appeal has suggested that in some circumstances a Landlord must give the Scheme information to […]

Office relocation for Bhatia Best in Birmingham

We undertake a substantial volume of Public Law and Community Care work through our presence and connections in the West Midlands. We work with a number of charities and community support groups. We are pleased to have agreed new arrangements to offer our services in conjunction with Lifeline Options, a dedicated community interest company, dealing with immigration, […]

BHATIA BEST CHALLENGE TO UKBA’S POLICY THAT PROHIBITS VULNERABLE FAMILIES FROM ACCESSING PUBLIC FUNDS

  Bhatia Best is working closely with a growing number of vulnerable families to challenge UKBA’s decision to stop families and children with the right to work and reside in the United Kingdom from accessing state benefits and council accommodation. Changes to Immigration Rules came into effect in July 2012 which allow families who have […]

A Call For Greater Transparency In The Family Courts

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division and the Court of Protection, issued guidance in July 2013 promoting the need for “greater transparency in the family courts”. The need for reform in family courts has been a longstanding source of debate as, unlike in criminal courts, family proceedings are held in private where media […]

New National Crime Agency launched

The NCA is a new crime-fighting agency with national and international reach, working in partnership with other law enforcement organisations to tackle serious and organised crime. It has an ambition to:   “…fight and cut serious and organised criminality. The NCA, in partnership with the police, other law enforcement agencies, business and the public, will […]

Cohabitation and Marriage: some common misconceptions.

We have all heard of the term ‘common law marriage’ but what many do not realise is that this has no legal recognition. Let’s look at some important differences between a married couple and a couple who are cohabiting:   i.     Banking Cohabitation: If you and your partner have two bank accounts, these remain exclusive to each […]

Bhatia Best take court action against the Lord Chancellor over Legal Aid

Bhatia Best solicitors has commenced legal proceedings in the High Court against the Lord Chancellor. We challenge the scope of our legal aid contract in Public Law to pursue judicial review claims for clients, and seek a declaration as to the contract scope. Our decision to launch proceedings followed positive advice from leading counsel, and […]

Legal Aid Cuts – “A View from the Judiciary”

‘The duty to face up to these problems does not just lie with the Government” In a recent public lecture to the Institute for Government, President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger has again spoken out on the Legal Aid Cuts. In recent months the Legal Sector has shown significant opposition to the Government’s proposed […]