Residence and Contact Orders – Who wins?

Residence and Contact Orders When parents decide to end their relationship the issue of what happens to the children is often the paramount concern. The terms “custody” and “access” are still frequently used by members of the public and the media. However these terms are rather archaic in the justice system, with lawyers and other professionals using “residence” […]

Porada prawna w języku polskim – Legal advice available in Polish

Legal advice available in Polish. Bhatia Best are pleased to announce that Aleksandra Cebula has joined our Family Department. Aleksandra is a native Polish speaker and would be available to assist with interpreting at any appointment. Aleksandra has joined us as a paralegal as part of our placement scheme with Nottingham Trent University. Please ask for her assistance when coming into the office or […]

New family law solicitor in Derby office

Manesha Ruparel,  formerly of Larken & Co Solicitors in Newark, has joined Bhatia Best and is based in our Derby office.   Previously a partner at HMT solicitors, Manesha has a breadth of experience  in successfully dealing with  cases involving divorce, complex financial issues, domestic violence and children matters. Manesha has been qualified for more than five years […]


  Bhatia Best is working closely with a growing number of vulnerable families to challenge UKBA’s decision to stop families and children with the right to work and reside in the United Kingdom from accessing state benefits and council accommodation. Changes to Immigration Rules came into effect in July 2012 which allow families who have […]

A Call For Greater Transparency In The Family Courts

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division and the Court of Protection, issued guidance in July 2013 promoting the need for “greater transparency in the family courts”. The need for reform in family courts has been a longstanding source of debate as, unlike in criminal courts, family proceedings are held in private where media […]

Cohabitation and Marriage: some common misconceptions.

We have all heard of the term ‘common law marriage’ but what many do not realise is that this has no legal recognition. Let’s look at some important differences between a married couple and a couple who are cohabiting:   i.     Banking Cohabitation: If you and your partner have two bank accounts, these remain exclusive to each […]

Legal Aid Cuts – “A View from the Judiciary”

‘The duty to face up to these problems does not just lie with the Government” In a recent public lecture to the Institute for Government, President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger has again spoken out on the Legal Aid Cuts. In recent months the Legal Sector has shown significant opposition to the Government’s proposed […]

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 […]


 “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 […]

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