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 […]

Last Chance for Family Legal Aid

Legal Aid is to be withdrawn from most family law disputes between individuals from 1 April 2013. Applications for Legal Aid made on or before 31 March 2013 will still be considered under the current rules. However everyone is required to try to resolve disputes through negotiation or mediation before applying for Legal Aid to go to court, so […]

Youth Court Sentencing

Changes to Youth Court Sentencing   The introduction of the Legal Aid and Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 has given the Youth Court wider powers in respect of referral orders. Prior to this Act, if a juvenile appeared before the court for the first time and pleaded guilty the court (in most cases) […]

Challenge to Operation Nutmeg

Police forces in England and Wales have begun a large-scale operation, code named Operation Nutmeg to collect DNA samples from approximately 12,000 offenders who are not on the national DNA database. This is largely due to the age of the individual’s convictions. The majority of the people that have been highlighted by this operation will […]

Challenging the new Immigration Rules

Bhatia Best Solicitors are challenging the changes to the immigration rules introduced by the Secretary of State on 9 July 2012. The case is listed to be heard at the High Court in Birmingham at the beginning of February 2013. Our client seeks to challenge the new Immigration Rules which came into force on 9th […]

Phil Bowen joins Bhatia Best

Bhatia Best is delighted to report that experienced Solicitor Higher Court Advocate Phil Bowen has joined our family department. Phil has extensive experience in conducting multi-day contested hearings in courts ranging from the Family Proceedings Court to the Court of Appeal. His reported cases include; establishing the rights of a father following a birth after […]

Bhatia Best supports the “Man Enough” campaign against domestic violence.

On 26th November the Nottingham Evening Post launched the Man Enough workplace challenge – asking businesses across the county to get as many sign-ups as possible between now and Christmas, in a bid to get the message to a wide audience. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the help that is out there for […]

Abolition of IPP for dangerous offenders. New mandatory life sentences.

Indefinite sentences of imprisonment for public protection have been replaced by a new regime which is effective from 3rd December 2012. The primary sentence to replace the IPP is the Extended Determinate Sentence (EDS). This consists of a fixed term followed by an extended period of licence. There are two release provisions, depending upon the […]

7 December 2012 – Only 76 working days left for family legal aid.

Legal aid is being withdrawn from most family law disputes at the end of March 2013. This is due to cost cutting measures introduced by the government under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Due to the Easter holiday the last day for legal aid to be granted for many […]