Raju Bhatt is one of the founders of Bhatt Murphy. He specialises in providing help to members of the public who seek accountability from the state and its officers, with a focus upon the treatment of individuals by the criminal justice system.
Raju has a particular history of work with families who have lost their loved ones through death in custody, and he has been responsible for many significant developments in this and other areas of his legal practice over more than 25 years. In the process he has been required to utilise every avenue of litigation at all levels of the civil justice system up to the highest appellate courts.
Raju’s experience and authority in his fields of work has been recognised on various fronts. In 2009, he was appointed special adviser to the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights in relation to its scrutiny of the Coroners and Justice Bill, which has since been passed as the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. In 2010, he was appointed by the Home Secretary to the Hillsborough Independent Panel which reported in September 2012.
Raju is one of the founding members of the Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG) and Inquest Lawyers Group (ILG).Other bodies that have consulted Raju or asked him to submit evidence on relevant matters over the years include:
Having completed his under graduate 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 the law.
Raju subsequently completed his post graduate legal professional qualification at the then City of London Polytechnic (now the London Metropolitan 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.