Ameen Jogee convicted in retrial after successful joint enterprise appeal

A man whose murder conviction was quashed by the Supreme Court in a landmark ruling on joint enterprise has been convicted of manslaughter. Ameen Jogee “egged on” Mohammed Hirsi to stab former policeman Paul Fyfe after an argument. In 2012, both were jailed for murder but the Supreme Court ruled the joint enterprise law had […]

Revenge porn: More than 200 prosecuted under new law

More than 200 people have been prosecuted under a new revenge porn law, a Crown Prosecution Service report on crimes against women shows. Data for England and Wales also show rape, domestic abuse and sex offences account for almost a fifth of the total CPS workload, with prosecutions and convictions at record levels. The CPS […]

Congratulations to Tom Oates

We would like to congratulate Tom Oates on becoming a partner at Bhatia Best on 1st August 2016. Tom runs our Mansfield Criminal Department and is an exceptional criminal practitioner. Mansfield born and bred, Tom brings a wealth of expertise to our Mansfield office and has very quickly built up a significant criminal following. On […]

15 councils put obese children on ‘at risk’ register or take them into care

In the week preceding the publication of the government’s action plan for childhood obesity, it has been reported that at least 15 councils have taken children into care or put children on child protection registers in cases in the past two years in cases where obesity or high body mass index was a factor. 67 […]

900 complaints about child protection made to Local Government Ombudsman in last year

68% of complaints upheld The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has published its annual complaint statistics for local authorities for the 12 months to 31st March 2016. Overall there were 19,702 complaints and enquiries, and 4,464 detailed investigations of which 51% of complaints were upheld. The review breaks down complaints according to individual service areas. For […]

Nottinghamshire Police records misogyny as a hate crime

Harassment of women is to be recorded as a hate crime in a bid to tackle sexist abuse. Nottinghamshire Police said it would expand its categories to include misogynistic incidents. It means abuse or harassment which might not be a crime can be reported to and investigated by the police, and support for the victim […]

‘Delays in cases coming to court is denying people justice,’ says retiring Leicester judge

Popular judge Simon Hammond has hung up his wig and robes after 23 years on the Bench – with a warning that increasing delays in cases coming to court is denying people justice. He said in his retirement speech at a packed Leicester Crown Court: “Justice delayed is justice denied. “We must not be sucked […]

Legal aid contributions decision to face judicial review

The Court of Appeal has granted permission for a judicial review of a Legal Aid Agency decision on capital contributions, urging ‘meaningful negotiations’ between the parties to prevent further costs being incurred for the relatively small sums at stake. The judgment, Cleland v Lord Chancellor, states that Martin Cleland was granted legal aid in June […]

Unregulated online divorce providers service 10-13% of the market

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has published the findings of its unregulated providers research project which, it says, significantly advances understanding of unregulated provision of legal services. The LSB’s 2016 individual legal needs survey indicated that the size of the unregulated sector is smaller than originally thought. This new research suggests consumers are using unregulated […]

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 […]

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