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Lucy Winterburn becomes Children Law Accredited

[caption id="attachment_8341" align="alignright" width="161"] Child Law Solicitor: Lucy Winterburn[/caption] Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to congratulate Lucy Winterburn on achieving Children Law Accreditation. This is an important milestone for Lucy who is a Family Law solicitor based at our Nottingham Office. To get to this stage, Lucy has demonstrated a knowledge and expertise in Children Law to a sufficient level to represent children in proceedings. As a result, it means that Lucy is able to receive instructions from guardians in private and public law proceedings to act for the children when required, or represent competent children directly. The process that Lucy has undertaken involved demonstrating that she had the requisite training and experience in Family Law through her case...

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Promotion for Emma Zocchi

Bhatia Best Solicitors are delighted to announce that Emma Zocchi has been promoted to the role of Associate Partner and supervisor of the Criminal Defence department at our Derby office. Emma is based in our Criminal Defence department at Derby and up until this point had been the joint supervisor of the department in that office. With this promotion, Emma will also be taking on the sole responsibility of that role. Emma has been with Bhatia Best since she was a placement student, working her way up to a paralegal, trainee solicitor, duty solicitor and then the managerial role at Derby. When asked about the news, Emma said “Having started at Bhatia Best whilst on a university placement in 2007 I’ve...

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Associateship for Matt Hayes

Bhatia Best Solicitors are delighted to announce that Matt Hayes has been promoted to the role of Associate Partner. Matt works in our Criminal Defence Department and has been with the firm for 19 years. During that time, Matt has dealt with some of the most serious and newsworthy cases in the East Midlands, at times the Country. In recent years, Matt has also qualified as a solicitor and achieved Duty Solicitor status. He is renowned for his attention to detail and ability to spot evidential issues that others have missed. As an Associate Partner, Matt will see his involvement in managerial matters increase. He will also be invited to attend the firm’s Partners and Associates Meetings. It is recognition...

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Steve Ramsell – Howdy Partner!

Bhatia Best Solicitors are delighted to announce that Steve Ramsell has been made a partner in the firm. [caption id="attachment_8626" align="alignright" width="250"] Partner: Steve Ramsell[/caption] Steve, who works in the Criminal Defence Department, has been with the firm since he was a Placement Student during his time at University. In late-2018, Steve was appointed Head of our Crown Court Department and is a prominent Solicitor Advocate at the Crown Court in his own right. Over recent years, Steve has been undertaking more and more managerial work and has played a key part in the digitalisation of the firm’s working practices. This in turn saw Steve appointed to the Management Committee, which takes key decisions on the firm’s operational activities. When...

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Scott Laing – Howdy Partner!

[caption id="attachment_8614" align="alignright" width="250"] Partner: Scott Laing[/caption] Bhatia Best Solicitors are delighted to announce that Scott Laing has been offered and accepted the role of Partner in the firm. Scott plays a leading role in our thriving Public Law and Community Care Department and his influence within the firm has increased rapidly over the past 12 months. His knowledge and expertise in the area has been relied on time and time again and this achievement is a mark of how valued he is by the Firm. When asked about this achievement, Scott said “I am delighted to have been made a Partner, having begun my journey with the firm as a paralegal almost 10 years ago. I look forward to...

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Case discontinued against man who admitted driving offences to police

A man who admitted driving offences during a police interview has had his case discontinued following representations by Bhatia Best that the police failed to comply with the law. The 18 year old client was one of three males detained by police officers after the car they were travelling in was flagged as uninsured. At the scene, the police could not establish which of the males was the driver and our client denied that it was him. The police officer then threatened our client (and his friends) with arrest unless he agreed to admit who was driving during a voluntary interview. As a result, the vulnerable client – who was interviewed without a solicitor or an appropriate adult – told...

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Not Guilty – Student threatened with a knife

A University Student from Hong Kong, who punched a man after being threatened with a knife, has been found Not Guilty following a trial at Nottingham Magistrates Court. Our client, represented by Miss Hetal Patel (Criminal Defence Department, Nottingham) stood trial for an offence of threatening behaviour. A conviction would not only have risked a prison sentence but severely damaged this young man’s hopes of eventually setting up a business in America. Our client was with friends at a Chinese restaurant in Nottingham. As they left the restaurant, a male approached his group and made requests for cash. After these requests were refused, the male became aggressive and punched three members of our client’s group; one male and two females....

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Ben Brown awarded Higher Rights of Audience

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to congratulate Ben Brown on being awarded Higher Rights of Audience. Ben is a Solicitor based at our busy Mansfield office and represents clients on a daily basis in both the regions Police Stations and Magistrates Court. By successfully completing the Higher Rights of Audience Qualification, Ben is now able to represent clients before the Crown Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The Higher Rights of Audience Qualification involves an intensive training course in London which covers advocacy, case preparation, procedure and the law. Following the course, there is then a three-part examination process consisting of a written paper and two advocacy assessments. Tom Oates, Partner of the firm’s Criminal...

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Frank Sheeran – Our Newest Trainee Solicitor

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to congratulate Frank Sheeran on being offered a Training Contract with the firm. Frank is currently a Police Station Representative in our Criminal Defence department, based at our Nottingham Office. He will now officially become a trainee solicitor on 1/4/19. This news marks a fantastic last 12 months for Frank’s career progression. During 2018 he successfully passed his Police Station Accreditation Assessments, increased the amount of Crown Court casework that he undertakes and even bagged the ‘Best New Caseworker’ award at the Bhatia Best Christmas Awards 2018. As a trainee solicitor, Frank will be on the road to qualifying as a solicitor and representing clients at the Magistrates Court. During his period of training,...

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Babalola Adegunsoye joins Bhatia Best

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to say a huge welcome to Babalola Adegunsoye, who has joined our Family and Child Law Department. Babalola, or Babs as he is known, is a Solicitor based in our Family and Child Law department at our Nottingham office. Babs specialises in care proceedings and private children law matters. Babs studied for his law degree at the London Metropolitan University and completed his Legal Practice Course at the University of Westminster’s Law School. He went on to work in a multi-disciplinary High Street law firm, initially as a caseworker before completing his Training Contract and qualifying as a Solicitor. Babs has been working in private family law since 2008 but also has experience in...

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