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Priscilla Adu Boahen

Solicitor

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.

Priscilla’s areas of specialism include:

 

  • Age Assessments
  • Assessments of children in need under Section 17 Children Act 1989
  • Assessments of needs, unlawful charges for care and fairer access to Care Services under Care Act 2014
  • Complaints procedure and Ombudsman
  • Challenging direct payments and personal budget
  • Judicial Review challenges
  • Looked After Children and leaving care duties under Section 20 Children Act 1989
  • Disabled Facilities Grants/ Aid/Adaptations

 

Priscilla has particular expertise in actions arising from failures of the Local Authority to carry out lawful assessment and failure to provide adequate services pending and after the completion of an assessment. She has frequently pursued challenges in community care assessments, service provision and unlawful charging decisions. Priscilla has acted on many leading cases on a wide range of care service users and their carers across England and Wales. Alongside this, she has also provided advice and assistance on the rules which seek to restrict access to services for migrants.

 

Priscilla has successfully represented clients in a variety of age disputed minors following the Local Authority’s assessment of their age.

 

Anoosha Babu

Paralegal

Anoosha is a paralegal in our busy Public Law Department based at our Nottingham Office.

 

Anoosha recently completed the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School. Prior to this she studied Law and Criminology as an undergraduate at University of Lincoln. It was during this time that Anoosha developed an interest in Criminal Law.
Anoosha assists Solicitors with the preparation of cases. She is currently undertaking the Police Station Representative Accreditation process, which will allow her to represent clients detained at the Police Station.

Amandeep Basra

Trainee Solicitor

Amandeep joined the Public Law and Community Care department in August 2017.

Amandeep completed her Law degree and Legal Practise Course at Nottingham Law School.

Amandeep assists in claims for Judicial Review in challenges against public bodies and local authorities. Amandeep regularly attends court hearings at the High Court and Upper Tribunal for interim relief, permission and final hearings.

Amandeep is looking forward to an exciting career at Bhatia Best Solicitors.

 

Nataliya Cahoon-Dutta

Costs Draftsperson

Nataliya is an experienced costs draftsperson based at our Nottingham office.

 

Nataliya studied Law at Sofia University in Bulgaria. She then graduated with a Masters degree from Nottingham Trent University. Nataliya passed the Qualified Lawyers Transferred test and was admitted as a Solicitor on 15.01.09.

 
Nataliya commenced work in a costs draftsperson’s practice as a costs draftsperson 2004. In 2011 Nataliya moved to work as a Solicitor in the Costs department at Weightmans LLP. In 2015 Nataliya returned to work as costs draftsperson in a costs draftsperson practice. Nataliya then joined Bhatia Best in June 2018.
 
Her experience includes drawing Bills of Costs, Schedules and Statements of costs; High Cost Case Plans, preparing Points of Dispute and Replies to Points of Dispute whilst managing a large caseload. Nataliya has extensive experience in negotiating settlement of costs, obtaining default costs certificates, requesting provisional assessment hearings / detailed assessment hearings and finalizing all matters thereafter.
 
Nataliya regularly prepares and advises upon costs budgets, as well as advising with regards to the challenges to be made to opponent’s costs budgets. Nataliya frequently prepares substantial bills of costs in large multi-track claims often involving multiple parties. Nataliya is familiar with working from paperless files.

Rhiannon Salisbury

Paralegal

Bio to appear soon.

Pa Louis Sambou

Paralegal

Bio to appear soon.

Aisha Tayob

Paralegal

Bio to appear soon.

Mike Thompson

Costs Draftsperson

Mike is a Law Costs Draftsman that works in our Nottingham office, primarily assisting the Public Law and Commercial departments.

 

Mike has worked as a Law Costs Draftsman for nearly twenty years. He has extensive experience in both contesting and recovering legal costs for both Defendants and Claimants alike. Mike has supervised costs teams in various roles and held senior technical positions during his career.

 

Mike is also an advocate and has attended contested legal costs hearing before District Judges and the Senior Court Cost Masters.

Katarina Zurkova

Trainee Solicitor

Katarina joined Bhatia Best’s well renowned and fast paced Public Law and Community Care Department in September 2017 and she has never looked back.

 

Her qualifications include 1st Class LLB Degree in International Law from Nottingham Trent University and LLM Legal Practice Course completed with Nottingham Law School.

 

Katarina assists remarkably experienced solicitors on a broad range of Administrative & Public law; Human Rights & Community Care matters. She assists with representing claimants in Judicial Review challenges against the decisions, actions or failures to act by Government Departments and Public Bodies on grounds of an improper use of power, irrationality, unreasonableness or unlawfulness, unfair or incorrect procedures or decisions in breach of Human Rights.

 

She provides support and assistance with challenges of unaccompanied child asylum seekers against unlawful, unreasonable and illegal age assessment decisions made by local authorities; human rights challenges, assessments of needs, challenges under sections 17, 20 of the Children Act 1989; section 4 and section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Social Housing challenges & Care Act challenges; failures or refusal to provide adequate support and homelessness.

 

Katarina’s responsibilities vary from attending hearings at the High Court or the Upper Tribunal, assisting counsels, assisting with advising & representing clients, conducting legal research, preparing evidence, liaising with Defendants. Katarina is client focused and has experience in dealing with highly vulnerable clients in a sensitive manner.

 

Prior to joining Bhatia Best in 2014 & 2015, Katarina volunteered in Nottingham Refugee Forum as a General Advisor for refugees and asylum seekers. She had also undertaken Pro-Bono work in the Legal Advice Centre based in Nottingham Law School in summer 2015 where she worked on employment cases. In summer 2013, Katarina worked as intern for Criminal Law Firm Benz & Yacobi Attorneys at Law in North Carolina and worked on criminal cases.

 

She received Paragon Law Prize for best LLB International Law Student for 2014/2015.

 

Katarina speaks fluent English, Slovak and Czech.

 

Katarina truly enjoys dispute resolution and she is looking forward to an exciting career with Bhatia Best.

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