Three quarters of children’s services weak, Ofsted says

Too many children and young people in care in England are not getting the service they deserve, Ofsted warns. Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw says it is unacceptable that three quarters of children’s services are inadequate or require improvement. Sir Michael blamed weak leadership and high caseloads, saying child protection was performing particularly poorly. The […]

Bhatia Best welcomes Roger Wilson

Bhatia Best Solicitors are delighted to announce the appointment of Roger Wilson to our criminal department. Roger is a valuable addition to our team of higher court advocates. Roger brings with him more than twenty years of valuable experience as a criminal advocate. He deals primarily with serious offences before the Crown Court but has […]

New Qualifiers

Bhatia Best are pleased to announce that our trainees, Debbie Heath and Rebecca Williams qualified as Solicitors on the 1st June 2016. Debbie came to us from Elliot Mather in Mansfield and has worked in Crime, Family, Mansfield, Derby and Nottingham as part of her training contract. Debbie currently works in our specialist Public Law […]

They think they’ve got away: How to catch a historical sex offender

Sex offenders think they’ll get away with it. And often they do. Sometimes it can take years to bring them to justice, while others escape retribution altogether. So how do you go about making sure perpetrators of horrendous crimes committed in the distant past are caught and convicted? As the years pass, abusers increasingly have […]

Beware of the ‘voluntary’ police interview

Budget cuts are biting hard across our public services and the police have not been immune from this. Locking people up costs money and one of the ways they are dealing with falling budgets is the rise of the so-called ‘Voluntary Interview’. Those accused of crimes are regularly invited to be questioned voluntarily, either by visiting […]

Supporting the children who witness domestic violence

About one in five children in the UK has been exposed to domestic violence at home, NSPCC research has suggested, and in many instances, they go to school the next day with little or no support. One scheme is aiming to change this. Alex – not his real name – was five years old when […]

Defendants must be allowed legal advice before early guilty pleas, MPs say

New guidelines on sentence reductions for early guilty pleas must allow defendants to obtain legal advice before deciding to plead guilty, an influential group of MPs says today. The House of Commons justice select committee says it is ‘particularly’ concerned about the potential impact of guilty plea discounts on unrepresented defendants ’whose cases are factually […]

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