Divorce ruling: Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil win appeal

Two women who say they were misled by their ex-husbands and should get more money in their divorce settlements have won their Supreme Court fight. Alison Sharland, who accepted £10m in her divorce, and Varsha Gohil, who got £270,000, say the men hid the extent of their wealth when the deals were made. Solicitors for […]

Police complaints reach record high in England and Wales

There were a record number of complaints against police in England and Wales last year, figures show. A total of 37,105 complaint cases were recorded in 2014-15, figures from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) show. The numbers show a 6% rise in the amount of complaints made in 2013-14, with the figures reaching a […]

VICE News Investigates the UK’s 4,500 Prisoners Doing Life for Minor Crimes

Thousands of prisoners — many of who committed relatively minor crimes — are stuck in British jails on an obsolete life sentence at an annual cost to the UK taxpayer of more than 119 million pounds, a VICE News investigation has found. Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection (IPP) were introduced 10 years ago to keep criminals behind bars […]

Pre-Nuptial and Pre-Cohabitation Agreements

The Independent on Sunday reports (26/07/2015) that when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced plans to divorce it could take years to split their supposed £74m fortune. Unlike their peers they did not have a pre-nuptial (pre-nup) agreement and consequently negotiation on division of assets is commenced at a time of potential acrimony. • Is […]


Nottinghamshire Law Society held its annual awards ceremony last Friday night and our practice manager was the recipient of the prestigious award for Practice Manager of the Year. Jayne Sheehan who has been Practice Manager at Bhatia Best for over 15 years,  beat off competition from numerous other candidates. The awards panel recognised her contribution […]

Ministry of Justice guide stated defendants had to prove their innocence

Ministry of Justice officials have been forced to remove ‘terribly wrong’ guidance for disabled people which suggested that suspects had to prove their innocence when accused of a crime. The guide uses illustrations and text to help people understand the court process. It states: “If you say you did not do a crime, you may […]

Law Society seeks judicial review of legal aid crime duty tender process

Law Society president Andrew Caplen said: ‘In the interests of access to justice, the public and the legal profession, we have decided to seek a judicial review of the legal aid crime duty tender process. In our opinion, the process creates a serious risk of market failure which could have major implications for society as […]

Bhatia Best appoints 4 new trainees!

Bhatia Best is delighted to announce the award of training contracts to four of our paralegal staff. Rebecca Williams started out in our public law department in 2011 and is now a valued member of our criminal team. We first knew Laura Hush as a placement student during her sandwich year from Nottingham Trent University. […]

Ey Up Notts TV!

Bhatia Best Solicitor Advocate Richard Posner appeared on new local TV station Notts TV to discuss the issue of dangerous dogs. Richard was invited onto the Daily News programme of the fledgling channel as a legal expert to discuss the issue of a local lady who was mauled in Woodborough Park by two dogs. Richard […]

Care Proceedings and families from Eastern Europe – a clash of cultures

Care proceedings and families from Eastern Europe Families from Eastern Europe often arrive in the UK with little or no understanding of the way our society operates. There is significant poverty in many of the countries in Eastern Europe including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland,  Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria and Romania. The poverty levels […]

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