New Coronavirus Laws: What are they?

What is the new law and when did it come into force? The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on Thursday 26th March 2020. Under the new law, police officers can order members of the public to go home, leave an area, and have the power to disperse a group. What […]

Congratulations Alexis

Bhatia Best would like to congratulate Alexis Vandyke-Mercer on becoming a fully-accredited Police Station Representative. Alexis is a Criminal Defence paralegal in our busy Nottingham Office. Having previously undertaken her placement year as a Law student with the firm, Alexis returned after completing her Legal Practice Course and quickly set about becoming an accredited Police […]

Richard Posner discusses citizen’s arrests on BBC Radio Nottingham

Richard Posner, a partner and a senior Higher Rights Court Advocate based at our Nottingham office appeared on BBC Radio Nottingham this morning (24th January 2018) to discuss the legality of performing a citizen’s arrest. You can listen to Richard’s interview below or hear the whole show on the BBC website by clicking here.

Thirteen convicted over Devon care home abuse

Thirteen people have been convicted after an inquiry into abuse at two care homes for adults with learning disabilities. Residents at Vielstone near Bideford, in Devon, were routinely punished by being held in empty rooms without food, heating or a toilet, a court heard. Staff left vulnerable residents in the rooms, often overnight, during 2010 […]

Ash Bhatia receives prestigious award on 7 April 2017

The Nottinghamshire Law Society Dinner was presided over by Mike Auty QC as the incumbent President. Mike singled out a number of individuals for special praise, not least our own Managing Partner Ash Bhatia. Ash being an ex President and constituency representative of the Nottinghamshire Law Society at national level, has worked closely with Mike […]

Ameen Jogee convicted in retrial after successful joint enterprise appeal

A man whose murder conviction was quashed by the Supreme Court in a landmark ruling on joint enterprise has been convicted of manslaughter. Ameen Jogee “egged on” Mohammed Hirsi to stab former policeman Paul Fyfe after an argument. In 2012, both were jailed for murder but the Supreme Court ruled the joint enterprise law had […]

Revenge porn: More than 200 prosecuted under new law

More than 200 people have been prosecuted under a new revenge porn law, a Crown Prosecution Service report on crimes against women shows. Data for England and Wales also show rape, domestic abuse and sex offences account for almost a fifth of the total CPS workload, with prosecutions and convictions at record levels. The CPS […]

Congratulations to Tom Oates

We would like to congratulate Tom Oates on becoming a partner at Bhatia Best on 1st August 2016. Tom runs our Mansfield Criminal Department and is an exceptional criminal practitioner. Mansfield born and bred, Tom brings a wealth of expertise to our Mansfield office and has very quickly built up a significant criminal following. On […]

900 complaints about child protection made to Local Government Ombudsman in last year

68% of complaints upheld The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has published its annual complaint statistics for local authorities for the 12 months to 31st March 2016. Overall there were 19,702 complaints and enquiries, and 4,464 detailed investigations of which 51% of complaints were upheld. The review breaks down complaints according to individual service areas. For […]

Defendants must be allowed legal advice before early guilty pleas, MPs say

New guidelines on sentence reductions for early guilty pleas must allow defendants to obtain legal advice before deciding to plead guilty, an influential group of MPs says today. The House of Commons justice select committee says it is ‘particularly’ concerned about the potential impact of guilty plea discounts on unrepresented defendants ’whose cases are factually […]

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