Cohabiting couples warned of ‘common law marriage’ myths

Millions of unmarried couples who live together could be unaware of their rights if the relationship breaks down, a family law group has warned. Resolution carried out a survey which found two-thirds of cohabiting couples wrongly believe “common-law marriage” laws exist when dividing up finances. The number of unmarried couples living together has more than […]

Mansfield Solicitor ‘saves 2 dogs lives’ and proves they are not dangerous

Mansfield based Partner, Tom Oates, helped his client successfully prove that his two dogs were not Pitbulls and avoided them being put to sleep. The two dogs were seized because a Police expert said they had ‘substantial characteristics’ of a Pitbull, a prohibited breed in the UK. There was no suggestion that they had acted […]

Ashfield Councillor cleared of all charges following evidence obtained by Bhatia Best

Leader of the Ashfield Independents, Councillor Jason Zadrozny was cleared of 24 counts of sexual abuse on Monday 30th October 2017 at Nottingham Crown Court before HHJ Coe QC when the Prosecution offered no evidence on the day the case was listed for trial. Mr Zadrozny represented by solicitor Matt Hayes of Bhatia Best has […]

Case dropped against youth who was ‘playing with toy gun in garden’

Rebecca Williams (who is one of our Criminal Defence Solicitors at our Mansfield office) recently represented a 12 year old client after he was arrested by police on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. The client (who had never been in trouble with the police before) had been playing in his friend’s […]

Nottingham Solicitor obtains community order for man who grew cannabis to aid a severe disability

Bhatia Best Solicitor Matthew Smith recently represented a client who was found with a cannabis grow at his home address. Following a police raid, a quantity of cannabis plants were discovered in various stages of growth. The client was subsequently arrested for production of cannabis. The police were adamant that they had found over 110 […]

Mansfield Solicitor secures suspended sentence for client on 9th driving offence

Morgan Hogarth (who is based at our Mansfield office) recently represented a client who was charged with his 9th offence of driving whilst disqualified. These offences took place between 1990 to 2015 and the most recent was in October 2017. Having regard to the sentencing guidelines, the client faced an immediate prison sentence. Thanks to the […]

Divorce numbers for opposite-sex couples highest since 2009

The number of divorces last year in England and Wales was the highest since 2009, official figures show. There were 106,959 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2016 – an increase of 5.8% from 2015. It was the biggest year-on-year rise since 1985, when there was a jump of 10.9%. Of 112 divorces of same-sex couples in […]

Should children be heard in English family court cases?

Children, campaigners and some judges are calling for a change in the law so that children at the heart of family cases in England and Wales can talk in private to the judge if they so choose. More than 100,000 children were involved in family court cases over the past year, according to the guardian […]

Hate crimes: Online abuse ‘as serious as face-to-face’

Online hate crimes should be treated as seriously as abuse committed face-to-face, prosecutors in England and Wales have been told. Revising its guidance for prosecutors, the Crown Prosecution Service said the impact of tweeting abuse can be as “equally devastating” as shouting it. The guidance includes offences against bisexual people for the first time. Director […]

New child cruelty sentencing guidelines proposed

Abusive or neglectful parents who blame their partner for their own child cruelty could face tougher sentences in new court proposals. The new sentencing guidelines in England and Wales say blaming others should be considered an “aggravating factor” when deciding a sentence. The change comes after many cases where one parent or carer sought to […]

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