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 […]

Fifth of UK couples close to break-up – Relate study

Almost one in five (18%) couples in the UK argue regularly or consider separating, a study suggests. The report, carried out by charity Relate and based on a survey of 20,980 people in relationships from 2013-15, suggested 2.87 million people were in “distressed” relationships. Dr David Marjoribanks, from Relate, said constant bickering could have a […]

One in five children referred over suspected abuse

One in five of all children born in a single year in England was referred to social services before they reached age five, research suggests. A study of children born in 2009-10 suggests up to 150,000 pre-school children were reported over fears of abuse or neglect, most unnecessarily. Only 25% of referrals were formally investigated […]

Children in care: Call to cut prosecutions for minor offences

Children in care should not be prosecuted for minor offences, a report looking at their over-representation in the criminal justice system says. The review for the Prison Reform Trust calls on the government to draw up new procedures to protect these children from criminalisation. Lord Laming’s report says half of children in custody in England […]

Adoption law reform aims to speed up placements

A shake-up of adoption rules in England aims to move more children more quickly from the care system to family life. The Children and Social Work Bill, unveiled in the Queen’s Speech, aims to reduce delays in placing children with an adoptive family. The new law will also aim to improve social care standards across […]

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