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Dutton Gregory is delighted to sponsor Dorset Venus Awards 2017

Sue Murphy
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Dutton Gregory is delighted to be sponsoring the Dorset Venus Awards (Small Business Category) for the fifth year running.  The Awards celebrate the vital contribution that women in business make to the local, regional, and national economy. In...

Pressure Ulcers

Kimmo Boote
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Pressure Ulcers – what they are, who is at risk, prevention & treatment. This is a Photo of Maggot Therapy – which is occasionally used to treat serious Pressure Ulcers. Pressure ulcers are an injury that breaks down the skin and...

Complications with the Prostate Glands

Kimmo Boote
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Complications with the Prostate Glands In males, the urethra is the tube that runs from the bladder to the tip of the penis, carrying urine and at the time of ejaculation, sperm with seminal fluid. The prostate is a small olive-sized structure that...

Medico-Legal Ramifications

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Medico-Legal Ramifications when Diagnosing or Missing Infection   Diagnosing infection is generally straight forward, as one will present with a fever along with relevant physical symptoms. Chest, gut and urinary tract infections are probably...

Double celebration for Dutton Gregory

Sue Murphy
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Regional heavyweight law firm, Dutton Gregory, has a lot to shout about this year.  Not only is the firm celebrating its 70th birthday, but also it has just signed a deal to take a new office in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire. The continued success...

Hernia

Kimmo Boote
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A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall. A hernia usually develops between your chest and hips. In many cases, it causes no or very few symptoms,...

Sympathetic Ophthalmia

Kimmo Boote
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This is a rare disease affecting the eyes, though it can have a profound impact. Essentially it is inflammation of both eyes, following trauma to one eye. It can leave the patient completely blind. Symptoms may develop from days to several years after...

Botox

Kimmo Boote
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Botox, which has it’s origins in the bacteria, Clostridium Botulinum, is used commercially in medicine, cosmetics (as can be seen in the picture above – where it’s been extensively used), and research. Infection with this type of...

Almost Vacant Might Not be Vacant Enough

William Warnock
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Commercial landlords and tenants are likely to have come across the term “vacant possession” in a number of legal documents such as sale contracts, leases rent review clauses and break clauses. Most landlords and tenants alike believe they know...

Over-diagnosis

Kimmo Boote
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This is a relatively new phenomenon in which a right diagnosis is made but subsequently harm arises. This may seem like an odd concept, though there are times when the impact of treating a condition is less beneficial than not treating it. The first...

Scars

Kimmo Boote
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S cars are areas of the skin where there is obvious residual appearance of an area of healing to the skin after it has been damaged.  In the picture above – you can see a vertical scar to my forehead (in amongst the wrinkles!) – caused...

Local Solicitor offers urgent warning

Alistair MacFarlane
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  Local Solicitor offers urgent warning about Government’s ‘risky’ online legal tool Alistair MacFarlane Partner at Dutton Gregory Solicitors, issues warning about the Government’s online tool for Lasting Powers of Attorney...

Brain Stem Death

Kimmo Boote
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  The Brain Stem (see the diagram above showing it in multi-colours) is responsible for many of the automatic functions of the body, including maintenance of breathing, the heart rate and blood pressure and the ability to swallow. It acts as a relay...

Rentcharges; Draconian Rights Back with a Vengeance

William Warnock
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Rentcharges, a rarely encountered quirk of English property law dating back to the 1800s, need careful consideration following a recent Upper Tribunal case. A rentcharge over land secures the payment of money due to the “rent owner”. Popular in...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Kimmo Boote
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This is an image that the actress Brooke Shields posted of herself on Instagram – following surgery to both hands for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that causes a tingling...

Marfan Syndrome

Kimmo Boote
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Question : what do Michael Phelps (pictured below), Abraham Lincoln and Osama Bin Laden have in common? Answer : they were all diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome.  Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective...

Commercial landlords: is your investment property sustainable?

William Warnock
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Commercial landlords and property agents alike might be surprised to discover that from April 2018 it may be unlawful to let non-domestic property with an Energy Performance Certificate rating lower than E. The Energy Act 2011 sets minimum energy performance...

Pauline Ellis - Back in the Fold

Sue Murphy
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Dutton Gregory welcomes back Pauline Ellis to the Family Law team in Poole, following her return from maternity leave. Associate Solicitor Pauline joined the firm during the 2014 merger with RWPS and has become a key member within her team. Two clients in...

Winners announced of the Venus Awards Dorset

Sue Murphy
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Dubbed the “Working Women’s Oscars” by Channel 4 and now in its seventh year in Dorset, the Venus Awards goes from strength-to-strength in discovering and recognising the talents of enterprising women in our midst. Competition was fierce...

Your Will May Not Be Your Last Word

Alistair MacFarlane
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In two months the Supreme Court will determine the final outcome of an inheritance case which has been ongoing for more than a decade, a decision which is likely to set new legal precedent. The case of Heather Ilott has raised contentious debate over...

Law Society Backs Sixth Formers bite at the Big Apple

Sue Murphy
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Bournemouth and District Law Society (BDLS) has awarded £500 sponsorship to a team of Sixth Form students from St Peter’s Catholic School. The team of ten students won the regional Bar Mock Trial competition in November 2015 held at...

Asthma Deaths

Kimmo Boote
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Asthma is one of the most common medical conditions, with an estimated five and a half million people in the UK having this condition, i.e. 1 in 10 people. The startling statistic is that every 10 seconds there is a person having a potentially lethal...

Beware the Emergency Department - Part 2

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Beware the Emergency Department (Part II) Assessment This requires a mental health history including any history of documented social behavioural conditions, conduct disorders, ADHD, psychosis/schizophrenia or autism. In the medical history,...

When worst fears become reality

Carol Maunder
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It can be an incredibly difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy and harder still to follow through on that course. At the very least you would hope for some peace of mind knowing you made the right choice, given the circumstances, for the right reasons. ...

Venus Awards Dorset - Finalists announced

Sue Murphy
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The Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth hosted this year’s Finalist’s Announcement of the Dorset Venus Awards in association with Mercedes-Benz of Poole on Friday 2 nd September 2016, where Dutton Gregory announced the three lucky finalists in their...