Whole life prison terms

CUSTODY FOR LIFE IS NOT “IN-HUMAN OR DEGRADING” On 18th February 2014 the Lord Chief Justice ruled that in England and Wales, our judges are permitted to impose whole life sentences for ‘exceptionally’ serious offences. Whole life prisoners include notorious criminals such as the Yorkshire Ripper, Rosemary West, and Moors Murderer Ian Brady.  More recently, […]

Is it a Broker?

How to ensure that you have direct contact with a family solicitor. This article is designed to advise potential family clients with regard to the changing face of the legal market in Family Law. The exclusion of private law matters from the scope of Legal Aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders […]

Care Proceedings and families from Eastern Europe – a clash of cultures

Care proceedings and families from Eastern Europe Families from Eastern Europe often arrive in the UK with little or no understanding of the way our society operates. There is significant poverty in many of the countries in Eastern Europe including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland,  Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria and Romania. The poverty levels […]

Shakir Robinson cleared of “joint enterprise” murder.

Joint Enterprise Murder Acquittal. Shakir Robinson, represented by Bhatia Best Solicitors, counsel Peter Joyce QC and Michael Evans was last week cleared of the Murder of Malakai McKenzie and the attempted murder of others. Mr McKenzie was shot dead in the car park of The Hubb public house in Sherwood Nottingham in April of 2012. […]

Decision to close “Independent Living Fund” quashed by Court of Appeal

Court of Appeal quashes decision of the Minister for Disabled Persons to close ‘The Independent Living Fund’ (‘the ILF’) from March 2015. The Court of Appeal has heard an appeal  from a  group of persons with disabilities who receive funds from the ILF. The ILF assists disabled persons  to lead independent lives, away from full time […]