Successful challenge in homelessness cases

Bhatia Best has represented four individuals in linked appeals against Birmingham City Council, challenging the authority’s decision to refuse eligibility for homelessness support, under Part 7 Housing Act 1996. The Appellants in each of the four appeals had approached the authority for support, complaining that they had exhausted all other avenues in the United Kingdom […]

New team members in Derby

We are pleased to announce that Rob Wetton LLB Hons and James Close LLB Hons, both formerly of Dorians solicitors, have joined our Bhatia Best team in Derby. Both Rob and James are experienced local criminal duty solicitors bringing with them in excess of 30 years practice between them. Our team of criminal defence specialists […]

A claim for a diving accident in a party padding pool was dismissed.

In Cockbill v.Riley [2013] EWHC 656 (QB) the High Court considered whether the use of a paddling pool at a party created a reasonably foreseeable risk of serious harm.  The 16 year old Claimant sustained a catastrophic spinal injury when he misjudged an intended belly-flop landing head first. Dismissing the claim the Court ruled the […]

Access to Legal Aid

One of our criminal clients has recently been made subject to a restraining order with the requrement that he should not contact his former partner “except through solicitors for the purpose of arranging contact with his children”. He is in receipt of benefit and cannot possibly pay for legal assistance. Legal Aid has now been […]

Are Experts Really Necessary?

The Family Procedure Rules 2010 were amended to require as of 31 January 2013 that Judges first find that an expert is “necessary” prior to authorising instruction of such an expert. The Court of Appeal has addressed the issue of the meaning of “necessary” and has concluded that the test makes it likely that the […]

The Junior Bar

In a sad indictment of career dissatisfaction at the junior bar, one ebay user and former pupil-barrister sold an Ede and Ravenscroft wig and gown on ebay recently with the following description; “After 5 years hard slog and penury, I (i.e, Mastercard) purchased this wig, gown and collar for about £650 at Ede and R……. […]

THE CORPORATE ENTITY AND FAMILY FINANCES

 “Family Law” journal recently published an interesting analysis of the case of PREST V. PETRODEL The issue that the Supreme Court had to wrestle with in this landmark decision was whether the corporate veil could be pierced in proceedings for financial remedies under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.  An incorporated company is an independent legal […]

The Politics Show

On Sunday 9th June Bhatia Best’s senior partner, Ash Bhatia, will appear on the BBC Politics Show to debate the proposed legal aid cuts with local members of parliament.

Threat to Criminal Justice

The Ministry of Justice is proposing sweeping changes to the provision of legal aid for criminal cases. In particular, client choice is to be removed and solicitors imposed. Many exisiting solicitors will not receive contracts – for example the whole of Nottinghamshire is to be covered by only six firms. In addition fees are to be […]

Students – parents refusing financial support?

Under the Children Act 1989 a parent can be ordered to pay financial support to sons and daughters who are undergoing education or training, even though they are over the age of 18. A student who has reached the age of 19 can take court proceedings in his/her own right against one or both parents […]

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