Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to congratulate Matt Hayes on becoming a Duty Solicitor.
Matt, a solicitor in our Criminal Defence Department, has successfully completed the Magistrates Court Qualification accreditation. This intense process has two parts: a 25-case portfolio in which Matt had to demonstrate the range of cases he had dealt with at the Magistrates court and the Interview and Advocacy Assessment. Since Matt has now passed both of these, he will become a Duty Solicitor.
Being a Duty Solicitor means that the Legal Aid Agency will award Matt ‘slots’ on the duty rota and in turn, he will be able to represent people who ask for the duty solicitor. This requires a certain level of experience and capability, something which Matt has demonstrated at every stage of his career.
Undoubtedly Matt was already going to have a fantastic Christmas but we’re sure that this will now make the Mince Pies taste that little bit sweeter. Well done Matt!
If you require representation at the Police Station, Magistrates Court or Crown Court, please call Bhatia Best on 0333 016 3333. Police Station representation is almost always free and for representation at Court, we can look at whether Legal Aid is available and if not, offer competitive fixed-fees.