Raju has a particular history of work with families who have lost their loved ones through death in custody, especially as a result of the use of force, and he has been responsible for many significant developments in this and other areas of his legal practice since 1988. His experience and authority in his fields of work has been long recognised. In 2010, he was appointed to the Hillsborough Independent Panel which reported to the Home Secretary in September 2012. In 2015, he was appointed to the Reference Group on the Independent Review of Deaths and Serious Incidents in Police Custody by Dame Elish Angiolini who reported to the Home Secretary in 2017. In 2020, he was appointed by the Scottish Government as one of two Assessors to assist Lord Bracadale in the public inquiry into the 2015 police restraint related death of Sheku Bayoh in Kirkcaldy.
Raju is one of the founding members of the Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG) and Inquest Lawyers Group (ILG).
After graduating from University in 1981, Raju worked 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. Upon completing his post graduate legal professional qualification in 1986, he trained at B M Birnberg & Co where he qualified as a solicitor in 1988. He then spent 10 years building up his practice at Birnbergs before establishing Bhatt Murphy with his fellow founding partners in 1998.
"Raju Bhatt is the absolute godfather. He knows everything about everything there is to know."
"A phenomenal lawyer and a real leader of the field."
"He is a top solicitor in terms of legal acumen and demonstrates incredible client care. His reputation precedes him - he has overseen some of the biggest cases and remains a real market leader."