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Cauda Equina Syndrome

Kimmo Boote
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Cauda Equina – which the Latin Scholars amongst you will know translates to   “horse’s tail” - describes the appearance of the nerve roots coming out at the bottom end of the spinal cord. Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) relates...

Five reasons for a Prenuptial Agreement

Pauline Ellis
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Prenuptial Agreements are regarded as unromantic, but:- If every couple had one, there would be far fewer disputes about finances and all solicitors would be left twiddling their thumbs. If a Prenuptial Agreement is prepared with the assistance of an...

Taking your children abroad

Pauline Ellis
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Separated parents need to be aware of the issue of the law relating to taking their children abroad on holiday, to avoid being accused of child abduction, be refused past check-in or turned away at boarder patrol, if they fail to take the right documents...

Dutton Gregory wins the double at Hampshire Law Society awards!

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Dutton Gregory is ecstatic to announce that Victoria Whelan was awarded the winner of the Junior Lawyer of the Year. In addition Dutton Gregory also was the recipient of the runner up prize of the Hampshire Law Society's 'Large Law Firm of the...

Dutton Gregory - Sail to Success

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On Friday 26 th May Dutton Gregory took to the water for the first ever SPA South Coast Property Cup, which saw an exciting sailing competition amongst property professionals on Southampton Waters. The event was born from a collaboration between Royal...

Repair or Refurbishment? How would you rate it?

William Warnock
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The Supreme Court have handed down judgement of significance to developers and freehold owners in Newbigin (Valuation Officer) v S J & J Monk [2017] UKSC 14 confirming whether or not Non Domestic Rates are payable on commercial property during a...

Discount Rates and how they affect compensation

Kimmo Boote
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When personal injury claimants are awarded a lump sum of compensation payments that include damages for future loss, eg future loss of earnings, the amount they receive is adjusted according to the interest they can expect to earn by investing the...

Maximising Profits from Residential Flat Developments

William Warnock
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What is becoming ever more apparent in the world of residential developments is the squeeze on developers’ profit margins due to high demand for sites and increased competition this brings. Getting the right property at the right price is key for any...

The Knee

Kimmo Boote
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The Knee – it’s a complex bit of kit.   The knee, as you will know, is a hinge joint. This means that it can either be flexed (folded ‘backwards’) or extended. It is a complex joint, as the femur (thigh bone) joins...

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

Kimmo Boote
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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...