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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Farewell and best wishes to Michelle Tatner

Andrew Tilley
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We wish Michelle Tatner all the very best for the future.  After a period of illness our former CEO, Michelle, is taking some time out to recharge and plan her next career move.  We are sorry to see her go after 14 years with the firm and wish her...

Commercial Insurance Changes 2016

Andrew Tilley
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The commercial insurance market, which is set for its biggest overhaul since 1906, saw the introduction of the Marine Insurance Act, which gradually formed the basis for commercial policies in both marine and non-marine contexts. Whilst that Act will...

Dutton Gregory On The Move

Sue Murphy
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Regional heavyweight law firm Dutton Gregory is expanding which has led to a string of new promotions and plans to relocate to larger modern offices. Following new business acquisitions over the past 2 years, annual turnover of more than £8M and now...

Dutton Gregory Supports Women in Business

Sue Murphy
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Once again the response to this year’s Dorset Venus Awards has exceeded all expectations with 521 nominations and 358 applications received in one or more of the 15 categories.   The Awards celebrate the vital contribution that women in business...

Dutton Gregory in Partnership with Ageas Bowl

Sue Murphy
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Dutton Gregory is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Ageas Bowl. A one-year sponsorship deal has been agreed whereby the Dutton Gregory logo will appear on the collar of Hampshire's Natwest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup shirts...

Dutton Gregory wins two prestigious Hampshire Law Society awards

Sue Murphy
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Dutton Gregory is delighted to announce that it is the recipient of the Hampshire Law Society's 'Large Law Firm of the Year' award for 2016.   In addition one of Dutton Gregory’s Clinical Negligence team, Victoria...

New President at the Bournemouth & District Law Society

Carol Maunder
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Dutton Gregory, solicitors, is delighted to announce the appointment of Carol Maunder to the role of President of the Bournemouth & District Law Society. Carol is a partner at Dutton Gregory, solicitors and Head of the Clinical Negligence Department...

Dutton Gregory is delighted to sponsor Dorset Venus Awards 2016

Sue Murphy
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Dutton Gregory is delighted to be sponsoring the Dorset Venus Awards (Small Business Category) for the fourth year running.  The Awards, dubbed the Working Women's Oscars, gives the local community a chance to nominate and celebrate the success of...

Dutton Gregory Supports The British Grooms Association

Mark Broad
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Dutton Gregory are delighted to be sponsors of the British Grooms Association . Focusing soley on the Employers Zone, Dutton Gregory has been recruited to enhance the advice and support that the BGA gives to those that employ staff.  Lucy Katan, BGA...

Dutton Gregory Announce Southampton Venus Awards - Business of the Year Finalists

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Dutton Gregory is delighted to be supporting this year's Southampton Venus Awards. The Venus Awards recognise, reward and celebrate local working women in business. After meeting with all 5 semi-finalists Dutton Gregory's Business Development and...

Dutton Gregory wins Hampshire County Council award for supporting employees

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Dutton Gregory is delighted to have been awarded the Don Allen award in recognition of supporting employees who are school governors in Hampshire. Andrew Tilley, Chairman attended the Hampshire County Council, Investor in Education...

In loving memory of Stephen Kent

Andrew Tilley
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Dutton Gregory is sad to announce the death of one of the firm’s Partners, Stephen Kent, after a long battle with Cancer.   Stephen joined the firm in 1988.  He was based in Southampton and was a much loved and respected member of our...

Business of the Year Semi-Finalists 2016 - Southampton Venus Awards

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Dutton Gregory is delighted to support this year’s Southampton Venus Awards by sponsoring the ‘Business of the Year’ award. After reviewing some extremely high calibre entries, we were pleased to be able to announce our five semi...

A Night at the Moulin Rouge Raises Over £9,000 for British Heart Foundation

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Winchester’s Guildhall was transformed into a stunning representation of 1920’s Paris last weekend, with over 170 people in attendance at a glamourous Charity Ball. A collaboration between two local Winchester fundraising groups, 3Women and The...

Southampton Venus Awards proves irresistible to the business women of the region!

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Numbers of business women applying and being nominated for in the fourth Southampton Venus Awards have exceeded expectations by far.  The Southampton Venus Awards , now in its fourth year, has proved irresistible to the business community of the...

Robert Bolwell Appears as Resident Legal Expert on BBC Watchdog Rogue Traders

Robert Bolwell
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Robert Bolwell, partner and head of department (Landlord and Tenant), appeared on last week's BBC Watchdog giving advice on tenancy arrangements.  If you missed the show, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer here . Should you need any further advice...

Lord-Lieutenant Honours Winners of CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards

Sue Murphy
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A school, a farm shop, a shipwrights’ school and woodland restoration volunteers all won recognition from a leading countryside conservation charity for their contributions to rural life in Hampshire. The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson...

Dorchester Cafe Scoops Venus Awards Small Business Trophy

Sue Murphy
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Dutton Gregory is proud to announce the winner of the Small Business category of the Dorset Venus Awards 2015 – Michelle Cheeseman and the Munchkins Play Café . Michelle was up against tough competition in the form of Dee Clayton of...

CPRE Hampshire Awards, Rural Enterprise Category... The Shortlist!

Sue Murphy
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Dutton Gregory is delighted to be working with CPRE Hampshire again this year – sponsoring the Rural Enterprise category of the Countryside Awards. From an impressive number of applications, a short list has been drawn up to find the eventual winner...

One of the Only Law Firms in Dorset with Legal Aid Contract

Melanie Reynolds
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Dutton Gregory’s clinical negligence department received confirmation this week that they have been successful in their bid for a new 2015 legal aid contract. Over the past 12 years our experienced medical negligence team has advised and...

Dorset Venus Awards Finalists Announcement

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Dutton Gregory is pleased to continue its support of the Venus Awards Dorset by sponsoring the Small Business Category 2015.  Earlier this week we announced our 3 finalists.  Congratulations to: ** Dee Clayton of Simply Amazing Training Ltd **...

International student update

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Locking the front door? International students update   Major changes have been made to the Immigration Rules for international students, in line with the Government’s stated aim of “breaking the link” between study, work and...

July Employment Quiz

Stuart Seagrove
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This month's employment quiz is now live! Click the link below to enter for a chance to win a bottle of champagne... https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WQR6R63 Deadline for entries is Friday 31 July. Good luck! ...

Health Professionals Told They Should Admit to Mistakes

Melanie Reynolds
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Patients are entitled to a face-to-face explanation & apology if something goes wrong from doctors, nurses and midwives. This is set out in the new joint guidance from the General Medical Council and the Nursing Midwifery Council. These regulations say...

Dutton Gregory CEO's London to Paris Cycle Challenge

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3 weeks today I start my 240 mile cycle challenge from London to Paris. I can't believe it is now so close and it is fair to say I do not feel ready at all !!  Where has the last 6 months gone? I have learnt a lot about bikes. I...

Venus Awards Dorset - Small Business Category 2015

Sue Murphy
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Dutton Gregory is pleased to continue its support of the Venus Awards Dorset by sponsoring the Small Business Category 2015.  After reviewing some extremely high calibre entries, we were pleased to be able to announce our five semi finalists at the...

A Guide to Causation - Part 1

Kimmo Boote
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When investigating the merits of a prospective claim, a Clinical Negligence Lawyer has to establish if the Defendant was in breach of their duty of care to the Claimant (ie were they negligent) and if so, did that negligence cause or ‘materially...

Eagle Eyed Planning Expert Recovers Client Costs

Matt Gilks
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The usual rule in planning inquiries is that each side bears their own costs. But if there is unreasonable behaviour by a local planning authority or appellant, the appeal Inspector can order that some or all of the costs of one party ought to be paid by the...

The "Cap" and the "Floor": What Next for Skilled Workers?

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Education is the latest sector said to be threatened by current immigration policy in the UK. Heads say that the UK risks losing “significant numbers” of overseas teachers, joining the “thousands” of nurses who could be forced out of...

A Brief Layman's Guide to Part 36 Offers

Kimmo Boote
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Under Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules, a party involved in litigation can adopt a pro-active, tactical approach by making what is known as a Part 36 offer to their opponent. The general principle is that the person making the offer does so in...

Quarterly Civil Court and Annual Appellate Statistics Published

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On 4 June 2015, the Ministry of Justice published the quarterly court statistics for the period January to March 2015, and also appellate statistics for 2014. The report provides information on the type and number of cases dealt with in the civil (excluding...

Subdural Empyema

Melanie Reynolds
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CG v FRIMLEY PARK HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (2014) Total Damages: £120,000 (£120,233.01 RPI) Trial/settlement date: 1/12/2014 Age at trial: 28 The Claimant, a 28-year-old man, received total damages of £120,000 after...

Countryside Awards 2015

Matt Gilks
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Do you know of a project or business within Hampshire that is deserving of an environmental award? The Countryside Awards are organised by the Hampshire branch of CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England - the countryside conservation charity. They...

Hospital Trust Failed to Control Legionella Spread

Melanie Reynolds
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Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been prosecuted for endangering patients through failing to control legionella. The Trust was fined £50,000 with costs of £38,705.60 after a joint investigation by the Health and...

PERSONAL INJURY TRUSTS: What are they & could you benefit from one?

Kimmo Boote
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A PI trust   is a legal arrangement whereby Trustees manage compensation on behalf of the successful claimant, so that the claimant can retain their entitlement to means tested benefits, and also minimise any contribution towards the cost of...

Biometrics for UK Nationality Applicants: Update

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Applicants for UK visas and residence permits have become accustomed to giving fingerprints and eyescans to support their applications. Starting in 2008, applicants for leave to remain inside the UK have also been provided with a Biometric Residence Permit...

Patient sues NHS after double leg amputation

Melanie Reynolds
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Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2015: A health board is being sued after a patient woke up to find both his legs had been amputated. Mr Watson, 69, was admitted to hospital to receive treatment for a vascular problem. He alleged nothing had been done about his...

Ruptured Aneurysm

Melanie Reynolds
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EXP v Barker The claimant suffered an ruptured aneurysm in 2011, she brought a claim in personal injuries against a consultant who had viewed an MRI scan on the claimant in 1999. The claimant had been informed that the brain scan was clear. Following the...

Woman receives £15,000 for unnecessary excision of labial tissue

Melanie Reynolds
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EC v NHS COMMISSIONING BOARD (2014) The Claimant, a 45-year-old woman, received £15,000 for the unnecessary excision of incorrect labial tissue during a procedure to correct a posterior extension of the left labium minus which had resulted from a...

EHRC responds to proposals for replacing the Human Rights Act

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The Queen's Speech, which was delivered on 27 May 2015, referred to the government bringing forward proposals for a British Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act 1998. In response to the proposals, the Equality and Human Rights...

A landmark Clinical Negligence case has huge implications for UK

Melanie Reynolds
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Nadine Montgomery from Lanarkshire, Scotland, has won a landmark clinical negligence case which has huge implications for the UK. It was a long running case which had to go all the way to the Supreme Court on appeal. Mrs Montgomery argued that she had...

Woman receives payout after being dispensed the wrong medicine

Melanie Reynolds
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YC v BOOTS UK LTD (2014)   The claimant, a 59 year old woman, received £2,150 after she was given the wrong medication and suffered side effects for 10 days. She was given Prochlorperazine, an antiemetic and anti vertigo drug, instead of her...

May Employment Quiz Answers

Stuart Seagrove
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Thank you to everyone who took part in last month's employment and HR quiz. The answers can be seen below. Winners will be contacted shortly. Q1. If an employee facing redundancy is offered potentially suitable alternative employment by their...

Consolidated version of employment tribunal rules is published

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HM Courts and Tribunal Service and BIS have produced a consolidated version of the Employment Tribunals Rules of Procedure 2013 and amending legislation, which is up to date as at 17 February 2015. However, before the end of the last...

Digital Afterlife

Alistair MacFarlane
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Billions of us now use the internet and the numbers are increasing every day.  Why do so few people consider what happens to their assets when they die? What are digital assets? There are essentially three types of digital asset: - Personal...

Woman receives £7,500 for burn she suffered following mistaken use of acetic acid

Melanie Reynolds
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PW v ST HELIER UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST (2014)   Total Damages: £7,500 (£7,508.73 RPI) Trial/settlement date: 7/10/2014 Age at trial: 77 Type of Award: Out of Court Settlement Age at injury: 76 Sex: Female The...

BOLAM & MONTGOMERY Part 2

Kimmo Boote
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To read part 1 click here . The concept of the ‘Bolam Test’ was scrutinised recently in the landmark case of Montgomery –v- Lanarkshire Health Board, 2015. Nadine Montgomery, who was a diabetic, was pregnant with a large baby. This meant...

HS v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Melanie Reynolds
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The judgment is available at: [2015] EWHC 1376 (QB) In 2006, the claimant, HS, was born at the defendant hospital. When HS was born she was suffering from a streptococcal infection. Negligent failure by the paediatricians with the neo-natal care of HS...

BOLAM & MONTGOMERY Part 1

Kimmo Boote
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To most people these surnames might conjure up images of the actor James Bolam, from the Likely Lads & New Tricks, and either the Scottish Golfer, Colin Montgomery, or the legendary World War Two Field Marshal. However to those of us in the world of...

London Legal Walk

Emily Bray
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Our clinical negligence department are taking part in this month's London Legal walk. The walk is taking place on Monday 18 May and is 10km long, starting at Carey Street and ending in the same location with a street party. The walk aims to raise money...

General Election: what next for immigration?

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The Conservative victory in the General Election on 7 May means that we can “look forward” to a number of developments in immigration law. Here are a few of the headline issues: 1. The Human Rights Act The new Government has moved quickly to...

Controversial Increase in Court Fees

Kimmo Boote
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You may have heard the joke doing the rounds about how the Ministry of Justice have increased Court fees by over 600% in some cases, only it’s no joke, it is very real and has been since the 9th March 2015. This is what the Shailesh Vara MP,...

Pensions... Boring but Vital!

Andrew Kirkconel
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When I entered the profession too many years ago now to recall, family lawyers paid little or no attention to pensions.  Historically they were earned by a husband and on divorce the wife may have received a modest capital sum to compensate her for the...

May's Employment Quiz

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This month's employment quiz is now live! Click the link below to enter for a chance to win a bottle of champagne. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CF8PZR5     Deadline for entries is Friday 29 May. Good luck! ...

Launch of the 2015 Poole Events Programme

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Poole celebrates 10 vintage years of Wave 105 Summertime in the South (free family events programme) at Custom House this week. At the launch of the 2015 programme, Martin Ball, Managing Director of Wave 105, said: “Since our first involvement in...

April's Employment Quiz Answers

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Thank you to everyone who took part in the April employment/HR quiz. Below are the correct answers, we will be in touch with the winner soon!   How many weeks of continuous employment does an employee have to have in order to be eligible to request...

April's Employment Quiz

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This month's employment quiz is now live! Click the link below to enter for a chance to win a bottle of champagne. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X6NNJG9   Deadline for entries is Thursday 30 April. ...

2015 CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards open for entries

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A countryside conservation charity, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (Hampshire) has launched its exciting 2015 Countryside Awards scheme, with The Southern Co-operative as lead sponsor. The launch event on Wednesday 25th March was held at Anstey Junior...

Dorset Based Venus Awards welcomes their first ever official Bus!

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Dorset Based Venus Awards welcomes their first ever official Bus! The first ever Venus Awards Bus was unveiled at the Yellow Buses Depot in Bournemouth. Venus Awards founder Tara Howard and a group of ladies, including Venus Awards Ambassadors, former...

UK Immigration Update: Health Surcharge from 6 April

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For immigration applications made on or after 6 April, a new “health surcharge” will apply. In this way the Home Office claims that it will “recoup up to £1.7 billion over the next 10 years”. The charge will be £200 per...

Southampton Legal Walk

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Dutton Gregory are proud to support this year's Southampton Legal Walk, a 10km sponsored walk to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta and raise funds for free legal advice charities.  The walk is taking place...

How different are the new EEA forms?

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Immigration analysis: Are the Home Office's new EEA forms misleading? Kitty Falls, solicitor at Dutton Gregory, looks at the new forms issued in February and considers why some parts may lead to confusion. Is the use of the Home Office's EEA forms...

Queen Elizabeth II greets Amarjit Singh at Buckingham Palace

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India Business Group Head joins Queen Elizabeth II at Magna Carta Anniversary Reception. Amarjit Singh was invited to a prestigious reception hosted in the ceremonial rooms at Buckingham Palace to mark the 800th Anniversary of the Sealing of Magna Carta on...

Why Make a Will?

Alistair MacFarlane
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According to research fewer than one-third of adults have made Wills and one in six Wills are out of date.  If you do not make a Will the law decides what happens to your estate and this may not be what you expect or intend.  You may also fail to...

Immigration Appeal Rights - The Wrecking Ball is Back

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Changes to immigration laws took effect on Monday 2 March, spelling the end of Tribunal appeal rights for Points-Based System migrants who made an application on or after that date. Tier 4 students have already been moved to a system of...

M v PORTSMOUTH HOSPITALS NHS TRUST (2014)

Melanie Reynolds
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M v PORTSMOUTH HOSPITALS NHS TRUST (2014) Total Damages: £40,000 (£40,234.38 RPI) Trial/settlement date: 22/7/2014 Age at trial: 38 PSLA: £30,000 (£30,175.78 RPI) Type of Award: Out of Court Settlement Court: Out of Court Settlement...

Heartbroken Family Plan to Sue Hospital Over Teenager's Death

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The devastated family of a teenager who died after doctors failed to spot a fatal condition plan to sue Poole Hospital. Hannah Kirby-Brewer, who suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, died after suffering terminal bowel ischemia. An inquest heard...

January's Employment Quiz Answers

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Below are the answers to January's employment quiz... 1. What is the maximum tax free redundancy payment that an employee can receive? Answer: £30,000 2. Under the new legalisation which following statement is correct? Answer: Expectant...

Sarah Gilmour is Accredited to the Law Society Children Panel

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Congratulations to Sarah Gilmour who is the latest member of the Dutton Gregory Childcare team to be accredited to the Law Society Children Panel. Sarah is already a well respected Childcare Solicitor working in a team of experienced panel...

Dutton Gregory in a Spin!

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Dutton Gregory is delighted to be sponsoring local cycling club, Velo Club Venta for their 2015 season. VC Venta, based in Winchester, provide opportunities for cyclists of all abilities and ages in a friendly club atmosphere.   Cycling must be in...

Making a Claim for Breaches of European Free Movement Law

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As well as providing for free movement of European workers throughout the European Economic Area, Directive 2004/38 EC provides a matching right for their non-European “family members”, including spouses, to live and work in the same...

Festive Fun

Sue Murphy
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Seasons Greetings from everyone at Dutton Gregory.  We wish you all the very best for Christmas and a Happy New Year.   If time allows, you might like to help Santa collect presents whilst avoiding pitfalls along the way...... enjoy !...

Negotiating the hostile environment - a route to permanent residence

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Negotiating the ‘hostile environment’: one non-EEA family member's route to permanent residence In many cases, family members of nationals of states in the European Economic Area (‘EEA’) can enjoy a simplified route to...

National Policy Changes from December 2014

Matt Gilks
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National policy changes on section 106 planning obligations from December 2014 In summary the changes are: Affordable housing and tariff style contributions are not required for sites of 10 units or less, and which have a maximum combined gross floor...

Law Commission Proposals for Rights to Light

Matt Gilks
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A Light Shineth in a Dark Place In 2008 the Law Commission published a consultation paper on easements, covenants and profits-a-prendre. In 2011 the Commission made recommendations about the reform of the law of easements, and a draft Easements Bill. The...

Family Dispute Resolution Week

Pauline Ellis
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This week is Family Dispute Resolution Week organised by Resolution.  As a Resolution Accredited practice we believe that it is important to ensure that anyone who is dealing with the end of a relationship, or a dispute regarding their children, should...

Merger with Poole based RWPS Law

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Dutton Gregory is pleased to announce its added investment in the Dorset market through its merger with Poole based RWPS Law. The merged firm, operating in Dorset as ‘Dutton Gregory incorporating RWPS Law,’ will have 21 partners and a total...

Tier 2 changes for sponsored skilled workers

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From 6 November there will be a fundamental change to Tier 2 of the Points-Based System for sponsored skilled workers. When the Points-Based System was first put forward in 2006, the Command Paper issued at the time said that the Certificate of Sponsorship...

Immigration Appeal Rights: first swing of the wrecking ball

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People who apply after Monday 20 October for leave to remain in the UK as a Tier 4 (General) student, or their dependants, will no longer get a right of appeal in the First Tier Tribunal if their application is refused. The Government’s Statement of...

Immigration News Roundup week ending 19 September

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Independence referendum: no vote 55% of Scotland’s voters said “no” to independence on 18 September.  Concerns about Scottish versus British citizenship, and the effect of a “yes” vote on EU membership and free movement...

Outstanding projects recognised at CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards

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On Friday evening, 26 th September 2014, teams from 19 shortlisted countryside projects gathered with more than 100 guests at the eighth annual CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Hampshire Countryside Awards ceremony at Itchen Abbas Village Hall,...

7 'A' steps to consider when making a Will

Alistair MacFarlane
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The Inheritance and Trustees Powers Act 2014 which came into force on 1 October 2014 has altered the way in which the assets of people who die intestate (without a will) are shared between their relatives. Are you prepared?   Here are 7...

Dutton Gregory expands further in Dorset

Andrew Tilley
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Dutton Gregory is pleased to announce its added investment in the Dorset market through its merger with Poole based RWPS Law. The merged firm, operating in Dorset as ‘Dutton Gregory incorporating RWPS Law,’ will have 21 partners and a total...

Hayes v Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Carol Maunder
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The claimant, who had a significant medical history in relation to pregnancies, was 34 when her baby was stillborn in December 2010. After her waters broke early, at 27 weeks and four days into the pregnancy, she was admitted to the Princess Anne Hospital...

Immigration news roundup week ending 5 September 2014

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Landlords and the Right to Rent: pilot confirmed The Government has now confirmed that its scheme of civil penalties for landlords will be trialled in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton from 1 December 2014.  A Code of Practice...

Immigration news roundup w/e 29 August 2014

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Immigration Act 2014: updates for landlords Last month the Home Office website briefly displayed an offer to landlords to register for updates on the 'right to rent' requirements brought in by the new Immigration Act.  That page was almost...

Francis Benali's charity Big Run Begins.......

Sue Murphy
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Francis Benali began his tremendous challenge of running 1000 miles to visit every Premier League club on 24 August.  His starting point was St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle FC, where he was joined by his friend Alan Shearer.  A short...

Answers to HR Professionals Quiz - number 2

Stuart Seagrove
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1.  Tribunals can now award financial penalties against employers, payable to the Government, when awarding damages - but up to what sum? ANSWER = Up to 50 % of an award for damages but subject to an upper limit of £5,000.00 2.  When...

Immigration news roundup w/e 8 August 2014

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Readers with long memories might recall Nick Clegg’s part in the 2010 General Election debate when he raised the possibility of an amnesty for people in the UK without immigration permission. On Tuesday the Liberal Democrats’ leader made a new...

Immigration news roundup - 4 August 2014

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In this issue we focus on David Cameron’s article in Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Telegraph (theatrically accompanied by a series of ‘dawn raids’ by Immigration Enforcement officers on the same morning). As part of yet...

Warehouse to new house - Government proposals for a more flexible planning system

Matt Gilks
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The Coalition Government has announced further significant proposals to speed up or bypass the planning process. A wide range of detailed reforms are floated in a consultation paper 'Technical consultation on planning' including: Permitted...

Immigration news roundup

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Money, money, money: it’s a rich man’s world for family visa applicants The biggest news of the week has been the decision in the Court of Appeal case of R ( MM & Others ) v Secretary of State for the Home Department 2013 EWHC 1900  ...