Raju Bhatt

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Raju Bhatt has spent much of his professional life fighting for justice for bereaved families and 2017 saw him involved in a case mired in claims of police and media corruption and is claimed to be the most investigated murder in British history.

Raju is a founding partner at Bhatt Murphy solicitors in London. He is acclaimed for his work on civil liberties and action against the police with numerous successful cases against organs of state - including the police, the security services and the Ministry of Defence.

He represents the family of 37-year-old private detective murder victim Daniel Morgan, found with an axe embedded in his head outside a London pub in 1987.

Daniel’s former business partner, Jonathan Rees, and his brothers-in-law, Garry and Glenn Vian, were tried for murder but the case collapsed in 2011. Sid Fillerywas charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice but eventually the Crown dropped the case against him.

In the civil case at the High Court in February, 2017, the four sued the Metropolitan Police, alleging that officers were so determined to see them convicted that the force’s pursuit became malicious. The ruling went against Rees and Vians while Fillery won part of his claim of misfeasance in public office because the only witness against him was deemed unreliable and had been mishandled by the detective leading the case.

The Daniel Morgan Independent Panel (DMIP) to review police handling of the murder investigation is still ongoing.

Raju is also well known for his work on cases of deaths in police custody. He represents the family of Olaseni (known as Seni) Lewis, a 23-year-old who died in hospital following prolonged restraint by police officers in 2010. In 2017, almost six and a half years later, an inquest into the death is being held at a South London Coroner’s Court.

Raju was also a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel that investigated the truth behind the Hillsborough disaster.

Having completed his undergraduate studies with a BA degree in Oriental Studies (Sanskrit) in 1981, Raju was involved in working in a voluntary capacity in the community with and on behalf of those who had been arrested in the course of the urban disturbances throughout the country that summer. This brought him to Southall, where he was one of the founding members of the Southall Monitoring Group (now known as The Monitoring Group) before he turned to law.


Raju subsequently completed his post graduate legal professional qualification at the then City of London Polytechnic (now the Guildhall University) in 1986. He qualified as a solicitor in 1988 at B M Birnberg & Co where he spent 10 years building up his practice before establishing Bhatt Murphy with his fellow founding partners.

In 2013 Raju won the Outstanding Achievement award at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards (LALY) and the Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL) honoured him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the same year. In 2014, The Lawyer magazine named him as one of the Hot 100 lawyers of 2013. 

 

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