Our Family & Child Law Team
Beverly HunkaLegal Executive
Ashley MarshallLegal Executive
Farah RaniTrainee Solicitor
Hannah SysonLegal Administrator
Gemma SheargoldCosts Drafstperson
Beverly is a Paralegal in our Family Department, based in our Derby office.
Beverly brings with her a vast amount of experience, having worked in the legal profession for over 30 years, with the last 20 years spent specialising in Family Law. Beverly qualified as a Fellow to the Institute of Paralegals in 2005.
Beverly’s areas of specialism include Private Children Law, Public Children Law and Domestic Abuse. Prior to joining Bhatia Best, Beverly gained valuable experience at Hawley and Rodgers.
Beverly enjoys the challenge of Family Law and gets a great deal of satisfaction in supporting her clients through the court process.
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Richard has recently moved to our Family Law Department having spent many years heading up our Crown Court Team. He is a partner and a Criminal Higher Court Advocate.
Richard brings many years of experience in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Court of Appeal, with forensic and client care skills that transfer to his new specialism in Children’s proceedings.
Richard also deals with complex regulatory and business law cases as well as representing family members and others in the Coroner’s Court.
Family Law – Children’s Proceedings
Crown Court Representation
Fraud, Business Crime & Regulatory Law
– Represented a female client charged under the new Serious Crime Act with assisting an organised crime gang. The gang had been moving large quantities of class A drugs about the UK. After a successful submission that there was no case for our client to answer, the matter was thrown out by the judge at the half way point.
– Represented on of three defendants charged with a series of violent armed robberies of public houses. Client entered a guilty plea to one robbery, was convicted of another, but not guilty verdicts were achieved for two other matters, one allegedly involving a gun.
– Appeared in the Coroner’s Court to represent the family of a student who had sadly died in unexplained circumstances. Although an open verdict was returned by the Coroner, cross examination of the police officer who investigated the death served to reassure the family that this had not been an unlawful killing.
– Represented a Company and its Director in respect of allegations under the “Working at height” regulations. Although there had been a technical breach, the Judge accepted that the danger was limited when working on a flat roof and imposed a fine very significantly below the guidelines.
Farah joined the firm in January 2017 and since this time has proven to be a key member of the Family team at our Derby office.
Farah completed the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School in 2013. Prior to joining Bhatia Best, Farah was a Legal Advisor at a large city firm.
Farah is passionate about Family Law and is currently assisting the department in both Private and Public Family Law matters. Farah will assist in advising and representing clients, preparing documents and attending pre-proceedings meetings and court hearings with clients.
Farah is fluent in Punjabi, Mirpuri/Pothwari and Hindi and is therefore available to assist members of the Indian/Pakistani community.
Farah is looking forward to a long and rewarding career at Bhatia Best Solicitors.
Every Department needs a Hannah Syson.
Hannah is largely responsible for ensuring that our solicitors receive an appropriate level of administrative support.
Gurpreet is a solicitor in our Family Law and Child Law department, based at our Derby Office.
Gurpreet specialises in Children matters. Gurpreet undertook his Law Degree at the University of Wolverhampton and went on to complete his Legal Practice Course at Birmingham City University.
Gurpreet then obtained employment with a firm in Birmingham specialising in children matters before undertaking his training contact. Upon qualification as a solicitor, Gurpreet joined Bhatia Best and he works closely with Joanne Jarvis, the head of our Family Department.