The Firm was co-founded by Syvil Lloyd Morris and Jaclin Bastian in 2007. They both formerly practiced law with Franklins Solicitors in Central Milton Keynes – Syvil as an Equity Partner and Jaclin as an Assistant Solicitor – but decided to start up BLM after Franklins ceased legally-aided work. Silpa Mistry (who also practised law at Franklins) was appointed as a Partner in 2010. All of the Partners at BLM are fully qualified Solicitor Advocates.
BLM started trading on 1st October 2007 and 2 weeks later its inauguration was marked by a Thanksgiving Service at the Church of God in Christ. At BLM, law is more than just a business – it is a service offered to the community that the Firm serves. Every client’s matter is given thorough attention and all aspects of the case are explored in painstaking detail by a team of specialist Solicitors and Executive Legal Assistants. Syvil, Jaclin and Silpa are extremely proud of the Firm’s achievements. It is a member of the Legal Services Commission’s Very High Cost Cases Panel which deals with major fraud cases and other complex crime cases. Also it holds the Legal Services Commission’s Specialist Domestic Violence and Children’s Law (Public) Contract.
The Firm has forged strong links with local organisations, such as MKACT, and national organisations such as The Innocence Project. The Firm’s Solicitors not only prepare the cases but also present them before Judges in the County Court and the Crown Court, or before Justices in the Magistrates’ Court and the Family Proceedings Court. We also appear before other tribunals such as the Parole Board, the Lifer Panel and Prisoner Adjudication Panels. We see the links between preparation and advocacy, and the recognition that sometimes criminal law and family law are inextricably linked as a unique aspect of our practice. The Firm is committed to the ideal of the citizen’s human rights – whether it is the right to freedom of expression, the right to family life, the right not to be wrongly prosecuted by the State, or the right to freedom itself. To that end, we also undertake actions against the police and other state organisations, and we investigate appeals where it is believed that there has been a miscarriage of justice.