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Five Fact Friday: Misrepresentation

Chris Hall
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This week it was revealed, following an investigation, that only 1% of the bulbs sold at Amsterdam’s famous floating flower market, ever blossom.  That spells trouble for those sellers touting their tulips to tourists but it’s also an...

Recognition in top legal rankings for regional law firm Dutton Gregory

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Dutton Gregory is celebrating after several of its departments and many of its leading individuals throughout Hampshire and Dorset were recognised in the Legal 500 Directory 2019.  The Legal 500 series analyses the capabilities of law firms worldwide...

Five Fact Friday: Compulsory Purchase Orders

Chris Hall
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Tomorrow marks the 40 th anniversary of the publication of the Hitchhiker’ Guide to the Galaxy.  *Spoiler alert*.  For those who haven’t read the book (or watched film, or watched the TV series or listened to the radio play…),...

Five Fact Friday: The Supreme Court's Flying Circus

Chris Hall
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the Supreme Court has been in the news recently.  What you may not know is that it also celebrated its 10 th birthday this week. Moreover, another British...

Looking into Personal Injury: Accident at Work Claims

Emma Menzies
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Every year hundreds of thousands of accidents occur at work. These might involve heavy lifting or inadequate training on how to lift, using defective equipment or machinery or it could be another employee’s error. We’re taking an insider look at...

No additional Stamp Duty on uninhabitable properties - a win for developers

Claire Bunton
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Have you bought a derelict property since March 2016? Did you pay a SDLT surcharge on the purchase of that property?  If so, you could be due a refund.  On 1 st April 2016, the government introduced the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge for...

Freehold Restrictive Covenants: Part 2 - Modification and Removal

Claire Bunton
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It is quite common for land or property to be subject to covenants which restrict certain use or activity on the land.  As can be seen from the first part of this article , a covenant must satisfy certain conditions in order to be enforceable. ...

Freehold Restrictive Covenants: Part 1 - Validity and Enforceability

Claire Bunton
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It is quite common for land or property to be subject to covenants which restrict certain use or activity on the land.  What is a covenant? Covenants are typically created where a land owner sells off a part of their land while wanting to restrict...

Double celebrations for Dutton Gregory at Hampshire Law Society Awards 2019

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Regional heavyweight law firm Dutton Gregory are delighted to announce they won two awards at the Hampshire Law Society Legal Awards 2019. The firm was awarded runner up for ‘Large Law Firm of the Year’ after a successful 12 months which saw the...

How to Legally Change Your Name

Pauline Ellis
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When you get married or enter into a civil partnership it is not obligatory to change your name and take on your partner’s surname. Some people decide to change their name because of marriage or with couples wanting to make it simpler especially if...

Children need grandparents

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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When parents separate, there can often be a dispute about the arrangements for any children. Whilst there is a presumption by the court under Section 1(2A) Children Act 1989 that the involvement of a parent in a child’s life will further their (the...

Is age really just a number?

Chris Hall
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Every now and again we are reminded of ancient laws that have never been repealed, some being fairly ridiculous and amusing!  For instance, an 1872 law that has never been repealed made it an offence for a pub landlord to allow drunkenness in their...

Recent developments in commercial property

Denise Bull
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The property industry comes across many changes and developments which are important to keep up with.  One of the most significant recent developments is the changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) regime. It’s now necessary to file the tax...

Dutton Gregory climb on board as Property Cup sponsors for this year's Southampton Sailing Week Regatta

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Dutton Gregory has climbed on board for the Southampton Sailing Week event as this year’s Property Cup title sponsor. Dutton Gregory is one of the fastest growing law firms in the South, with offices throughout Hampshire and Dorset. For over 75...

Dutton Gregory sponsor South Coast Business Awards 2019

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Dutton Gregory are delighted to sponsor this year’s South Coast Business Awards, celebrating business excellence across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Organised by the Daily Echo, in conjunction with Business South and Destination Southampton,...

Family Law From the Heart

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Family law is something many people need at some point in their lives. But seeking professional advice can also be one of the most daunting steps to take. Here at Dutton Gregory Solicitors , all our family team offer a personal service, built on...

Dutton Gregory Solicitors Win at the Dorset Legal Awards 2019

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Dutton Gregory Solicitors Win at the Dorset Legal Awards 2019 Building on last year’s success as Dorset’s “ Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Team of the Year 2018 ”, Dutton Gregory Solicitors are delighted to announce they won...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

Chris Hall
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It took more than 3 years but the Private Members Bill introduced by the Labour MP Karen Buck has received Royal Assent and has become the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018.  It will come into force on 20 March 2019. The new Act will amend...

Beware of Service of Notice by Email

Chris Hall
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It is no secret that, in most cases, the law takes some time to catch up with real life.  Perhaps it is because the politicians tasked with proposing legislation are reactive rather than pro-active.  Perhaps it is because our law has a long history...

Dutton Gregory awarded membership of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners

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Regional heavyweight law firm Dutton Gregory has been awarded membership of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) following the recent growth and successes the firm has seen within its leasehold property services. ALEP is...

Family Mediation Week

Pauline Ellis
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Mediation - What is it, and how can it help me? This week is Family Mediation Week - but what exactly is mediation, and how does it support you and your family? When relationships break down emotions run high, and talking face to face can seem like the...

New appointments strengthens Dutton Gregory's Residential Property offering in Southampton

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One of the fastest growing law firms in the South, Dutton Gregory, is strengthening its residential conveyancing service in Southampton. Following the success of the firm’s merger with Page Gulliford & Gregory in April 2018, Dutton Gregory...

Supreme Court Upholds Spirit of 1954 Act

Claire Bunton
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Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the 1954 Act), some tenants of commercial premises have the right to renew their leases indefinitely. The landlord cannot refuse the tenant a new lease, except on certain specific grounds. Once such ground, ground F,...

Another success for Dutton Gregory's Family team

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As solicitors advising families often find, divorce and child contact disputes are an extremely emotional and complex issue for all involved. These cases can become very stressful and worrying for everyone, as the Family team at regional law firm Dutton...

Rogue landlords and harassment - where do you stand?

Chris Hall
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On 23 October 2018, the Guardian newspaper, following a joint investigation with ITV News, published an article which revealed that many landlords who have been convicted of housing offences and also failed to pass the ‘fit and proper’ person...