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Congratulations Frank & Sabeel!

Bhatia Best would like to congratulate Frank Sheeran and Sabeel Hussain on becoming fully-accredited Police Station Representatives. The Accreditation process has two parts; the submission of a detailed written portfolio of cases and then a practical Critical Incidents Test. Frank and Sabeel are both paralegals who are based in our busy Nottingham Criminal Defence Department and are now both fully-accredited Representatives. This means that they have both demonstrated such capability, knowledge and experience that they are able to represent any individual at the Police Station, regardless of the case. We have no doubt that this is only the start of things to come for Frank and Sabeel, in what will surely be very successful careers in Law. Well done Frank...

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Kelly Shaw joins Bhatia Best

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to say a big welcome to Kelly Shaw, who joined our expert Criminal Defence team in September 2018. Kelly is an accredited Police Station Representative. Kelly studied at Cardiff University and prior to working at Bhatia Best, worked as a Paralegal for another law firm in the East Midlands. It was during this time that Kelly undertook the necessary training to qualify as a Police Station Representative. Throughout her time at that firm, Kelly developed a wide knowledge of Criminal Law work and Police Station representation. Kelly now brings that wealth of experience to her work at Bhatia Best. [caption id="attachment_10754" align="alignright" width="300"] Criminal Paralegal: Kelly Shaw[/caption] When asked about her decision to join...

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Q&A with Personal Injury Lawyer, Neal Bell

Personal Injury Solicitors

In this episode of Q&A, we talk to Neal Bell who heads up our Personal Injury department. [caption id="attachment_9739" align="alignright" width="250"] Personal Injury Lawyer: Neal Bell[/caption] 1. What is your name? Neal Bell 2. What is your role at Bhatia Best? Solicitor 3. Which department and office do you work in? Personal Injury, Nottingham 4. When did you join Bhatia Best? 1992 5. What does your typical day consist of? Doing the necessary paperwork to progress files and meeting with clients. 6. What is the most rewarding part of your work? Funnily enough during the life of a claim, following and often admiring a client’s journey as they recover from serious injury. 7. What first interested you in a career...

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Criminal Lawyers – Why We Do What We Do

I represented a mother who was charged with a Public Order Act offence for allegedly threatening another woman, calling her a “nonce” and warning the other woman to stay away from our client’s daughter. She instructed us after her interview and while on police bail pending her first appearance at the magistrates court. Our client denied making any threats, accepted calling the woman a “nonce” and merely told her to stay away from the daughter. The alleged victim’s statement denied that she was a paedophile and stated that our client had been making false allegations that had led to her being released without charge. [caption id="attachment_9162" align="alignright" width="250"] Criminal Defence Lawyer: Morgan Hogarth[/caption] The unusual aspect was that the alleged...

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Priscilla Adu Boahen joins Bhatia Best

[caption id="attachment_10736" align="alignright" width="300"] Public Law Solicitor: Priscilla Adu Boahen[/caption] Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to say a big welcome to Priscilla Adu Boahen, who joined our expert Public Law and Community Care Department in August 2018. Priscilla is a solicitor in our Public Law and Community Care Department. Priscilla joined Bhatia Best in August 2018 and put her decision down to our strong presence in that area of law. Priscilla qualified as a Solicitor in August 2015 and has a great amount of experience in dealing with a range of Public Law and Community Care matters, mental capacity issues and related litigation. When asked about her decision to join Bhatia Best, Priscilla said “Bhatia Best Solicitors is well...

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Jail time to double for assaulting an emergency worker

Individuals who assault or attack emergency workers face longer jail terms as a new law backed by government comes into force. A new offence will double the maximum sentence from 6 to 12 months in prison for assaulting an emergency worker. This covers police, prison officers, custody officers, fire service personnel, search and rescue services and paramedics. The new law will also mean that judges must consider tougher sentences for a range of other offences - including GBH and sexual assault - if the victim is an emergency worker. Ministers have acted to recognise the debt of gratitude the public feels towards our emergency services, and for the courage, commitment and dedication they show every day in carrying out their...

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Grenfell Tower Bonfire Video – Has a crime been committed?

The recent sight of a Grenfell Tower model being lifted onto a bonfire and set alight will have disgusted all that viewed it. It has understandably been widely condemned but something that disgusts us is not always illegal. Following the arrest and subsequent release on bail of 6 people, the Police and Crown Prosecution Service will be considering whether a criminal offence has been committed. Here, Tom Oates, Partner, takes a look at the possible offences that might apply. The Malicious Communication Act creates an offence of sending a 'grossly offensive or indecent, obscene or menacing message' via a communications network, which could include websites, social media or messaging applications. There could be an argument made that this offence applies...

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Successful outcome for client with terminal cancer who Home Office refused to support

Scott Laing – solicitor in our Public Law & Community Care Department – recently represented a vulnerable man who had been refused support and accommodation by the Home office. Our client was incredibly vulnerable, blind in one eye and only able to walk short distances along with suffering from metastatic pancreatic cancer and undergoing palliative chemotherapy for this. Notwithstanding our client’s substantial health issues, the Secretary of State failed to consider an urgent application for support to be provided. As a result, urgent Judicial Review proceedings were issued and an immediate order made that the client and his family be provided support and accommodation. Unfortunately, this was not the end of the matter as the family were placed over 2...

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In this volume of Why We Do, What We Do, Roger Wilson, Solicitor Advocate, tells us about a drug addict that had fallen on hard times but was given a glimmer of hope

I recently represented a defendant at the Crown Court who was charged with Supplying Class A Drugs. He was facing a possible sentence of 4 ½ years imprisonment. [caption id="attachment_7346" align="alignright" width="227"] Solicitor-Advocate: Roger Wilson[/caption] He was a hopeless drug addict. He attended Court with his father, who was almost in tears at his son’s quick downward spiral. He had been married, had a 15 year old son, a house and everything seemed good. He and his wife separated and before long, he hit the drugs hard. He was a vulnerable addict and a victim of a practice known to the Police as “cuckooing”. This involves drug dealers taking control of your house and dealing drugs from there. In addition,...

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Quick thinking lawyers save local man’s life

Two employees of Bhatia Best Solicitors were praised after their quick thinking saved a man’s life. Rachel Shutt and Holly Milbourne who both work at our Mansfield office saw the man who had collapsed outside our office earlier this week. Holly phoned for an ambulance whilst Rachel ran outside in order to give the man first aid. Rachel placed the man in the recovery position and first aid was administered until the arrival of an ambulance. The man contacted our office to thank Rachel and Holly. It later transpired that the man was resuscitated in the ambulance after his heart stopped. The man had been told by the paramedics that had it not been for the quick thinking of Rachel...

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