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Every now and again we are reminded of ancient laws that have never been repealed, some being fairly ridiculous and amusing!  For instance, an 1872 law that has never been repealed made it an offence for a pub landlord to allow drunkenness in their...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

Internal promotions for fast-growing law firm Dutton Gregory

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One of the fastest growing law firms in the South, Dutton Gregory, has recently awarded promotions to six of its lawyers at Associate and Senior Associate level. These prestigious promotions have been awarded to lawyers from across Hampshire and Dorset in...

Residential Property Update for Dorset

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At the frontline of housing in the Dorset area, our experienced Residential team have been busy over the last few months supporting local residents to buy and sell their property. Notoriously a slow period for property movement, the summer months...

Budget 2018: Stamp Duty Land Tax on a new Shared Ownership Lease: what's changed?

Sarah Sams
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As a result of the recent budget, there have been further changes in respect of the relief that First Time Buyers can claim in respect of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) payable on the purchase of new Shared Ownership properties.  From 2017, it was the case...

Prenuptial Agreements: they're now worth more than the paper they're printed on

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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On 28th February 2018, the Office of National Statistics published their findings looking at marriages in England and Wales in 2015. Of the 239,020 opposite sex marriages in England and Wales, 15% were remarrying. This means that in 2015 alone, approximately...

Dorset 2018 Venus Awards Finalists Announcement

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Tough decisions were made as Dorset 2018 Venus Awards sponsor Dutton Gregory revealed their finalist for the Small Business of the Year award. At a splendid afternoon tea hosted at Marsham Court Hotel on 26th September 2018, more than 100 guests from the...

BSA Spitfire Wins 2018 Poole Dream Machines Bike of the Year

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Last Tuesday (25 September) saw the final Poole Dream Machines event of 2018, where just one Bike of the Night was crowned Bike of the Year. A genuine 1960 650cc BSA Spitfire Scrambler was the winner of Poole's final Dream Machines. Chosen by...

Dutton Gregory's Residential Property team strikes again!

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Local law firm Dutton Gregory continue to receive excellent feedback and high praise from their satisfied residential property clients, following the recent growth of their Chandler’s Ford-based team. Led by Partner Paul Sams, the team have received a...

Looking into Litigation: a company dispute case study

Victoria Whelan
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Commercial Litigation Solicitor Victoria Whelan provides experienced insight into the types of company dispute cases undertaken by Dutton Gregory.  This case study of a shareholder and partner robbed of company assets demonstrates...