Rights of vulnerable families to housing and social benefits.

The recently reported case of Ruiz Zambrano v Office National De L’emploi (c-34-/09) (2012) 2 WLR 886 will be used as a useful tool to ensure that local authority housing departments provide necessary urgent accommodation to avoid destitution and homelesness. Bhatia Best’s public law team has recently lodged an appeal to the Court of Appeal […]

Indeterminate sentences ruled unlawful

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPP) are unlawful. More than 6000 prisoners in England and Wales are currently serving such sentences. Many are detained beyond the term fixed within the sentence as punishment and under the current legislation must prove that they are no longer a […]

Squatting as a Criminal Offence

From 1st September 2012 it has become a criminal offence to squat in a residential building. Bhatia Best Solicitors have experts available to advise both squatters and homeowners.

Every Child in Need

The Department of Education is proposing wide-ranging changes to the legal framework which protects society’s most vulnerable children throughout England and Wales, removing the obligation on Local Authorities to act swiftly in assessing the needs of children at potential risk. The proposals are set out in a consultation which runs until 4th September 2012 (https://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/departmentalinformation/consultations/a00211065/revised-safeguarding-guidance.). […]

Sentencing Guidelines for Growing Cannabis

The Court of Appeal in the case of R v Healey and others [(2012) EWCA Crim 1005] has issued further guidance on the approach to sentencing those charged with Cultivating Cannabis, an offence which is particularly prevalent. This case gives advice as to the approach to be taken to the guidelines issued by the Sentencing […]

Modernising family justice

A High Court Judge, Mr Justice Ryder, has been considering proposals for modernising the whole family justice system.  His report was published on 31 July 2012 and can be found here.  There are a number of quite radical recommendations to be introduced in two phases by 2014.  Some of the main points are: A single […]

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