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Mediation Voucher Scheme Extension

Pauline Ellis
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On 1 st September, it was announced that the Ministry of Justice had made a further £800,000 available for the Family Mediation Council (FMC) to distribute as vouchers to families who could benefit from mediation services.    The FMC has...

Five on Friday - International Dog Day

Chris Hall
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Yesterday was International Dog Day so, in tribute to our canine companions, here are five fun legal facts about our puppy pals and mongrel mates. Our best fur-end The Animal Welfare Act 2006 require that all dog owners meet their pets’ five...

Five Fact Friday: Ready for Kick Off!

Alice Robson
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With the highs and lows of Euro 2020 behind us, the football season has kicked off again with the Premier League opening matches last weekend, so here are five facts about the beautiful game: Project Red Card Performance data and tracking are big...

Five Fact Friday - Getting the Beers in!

Annie Hodjat
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Some would argue there’s nothing more refreshing than cracking open a cold beer on a hot summer afternoon (should we get any) and many will have celebrated ‘International Beer Day’ last week as it takes place on the first Friday of August...

FIVE ON FRIDAY: The Olympics

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The 2020 Summer Olympics has begun! As world-class athletes come together to represent their countries, here are five technical and legal facts associated with the games which you might not know: 1. What do you call a blister on a Tyrannosaurus Rex? A...

Mediation Voucher Scheme Update

Pauline Ellis
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Back in April 2021, we helped raise awareness of a new Government Scheme where separating couples could claim up to £500 towards their mediation costs .  It was anticipated up to 2,000 families would be able to claim these ‘Mediation...

'A Blunt Instrument' for post-COVID Property Landscape

Denise Bull
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A legal specialist with 30 years’ experience and a portfolio of clients across Hampshire has voiced her concerns over changes to the new ‘Classes Order’ introduced by the government in an attempt to help commercial property owners and...

Denise Welcomed as Trustee

Denise Bull
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With a legal career of over 30 years and holding Partnership in one of Southampton’s leading law firms, Dutton Gregory, Denise Bull has accepted the invitation to join the Trustee Board of Citizens Advice Eastleigh. When Denise Bull heard the call...

FIVE ON FRIDAY: The UK-Australia Trade Deal

Chris Hall
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On 17 June 2021 the UK and Australian governments published an “agreement in principle” which outlines a free-trade agreement between the two countries, so solicitor Chris Hall has compiled his top five legal facts about the deal and all things...

Concern Over NHS 'Patient Data Grab'

Carol Maunder
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The Team Leader of Dutton Gregory’s Clinical Negligence Department, Carol Maunder, is voicing her support for the growing number of medical professionals expressing concern over the intention for GPs to hand over confidential patient records to...

The Evolution is Parenthood: Is the law keeping up?

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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We know that modern families come in all different shapes and sizes, but to mark Pride Month, Family Law Specialist, Jon Whettingsteel considers whether the law does enough to support and protect LGBTQ+ families. When a child is born to a heterosexual...

FIVE ON FRIDAY: Pride Month

Taylor Devenport
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June is international Pride month, a celebration of LGBTQIA+ communities all over the world that not only remembers those who have fought for equality, but continues to highlight the injustice and damage caused by discrimination based on sexual orientation...

Dutton Gregory Ready To Set Sail

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As part of Southampton Sailing Week 2021, solicitors at Dutton Gregory are not only delighted to confirm their role as sponsors of the event’s ‘Property Cup’ race, but also preparing to win back the title from being its first ever winners. ...

Cervical Screening Awareness Week

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Cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer in women under 35 with two women in the UK per day dying from the disease. In this article, specialist solicitor Claire Henderson explains her support for and work involving those facing the disease. From...

Through Gritted Teeth: When Dentistry Goes Wrong

Chloe Hayter
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The majority of people see their dentist twice a year as part of a normal routine and think nothing else about it. But what happens if a recommended treatment goes wrong? And what if it was avoidable? Chloe Hayter from Dutton Gregory’s Clinical...

The Backlash on Whiplash Reforms

Alice Robson
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The Government’s Whiplash Reform programme came into force on 31 May 2021. In this article Personal Injury Specialist, Alice Robson explains what this will mean for Claimants. What’s changing? Previously, those who suffered a whiplash injury...

What you should know about 'Cauda Equina Syndrome'

Carol Maunder
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Suffering from lower back pain? Problems in your legs? Dealing with incontinence? The collection of nerves at the end of the spinal cord is known as the ‘cauda equina’, due to its resemblance to a horses tail. Their primary function is...

LANDLORDS! Does your tenancy require an EICR?

Elliott Jurd
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Legal Executive, Elliott Jurd has the answer. The requirement for an EICR or ‘Electrical Installation Conditions Report’, as set out in the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 (known as the...

Medical Negligence: Cerebral Palsy

Anne Martin
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There are many different causes of a baby being born with cerebral palsy ; a difficult labour resulting in lack of oxygen to the brain, head trauma, or meningitis. Whilst these are not always caused by medical negligence, Associate Anne Martin explains...

MESH IMPLANTS: Cases are on the rise

Annie Hodjat
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Mesh implants are a, usually synthetic, device used during surgery to strengthen damaged or weakened muscle or tissue to treat prolapse, incontinence and hernias. Used widely across the UK, there have been considerable reports in recent years of patient...

Hattrick of Nominations for the British Conveyancing Awards 2021

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Huge congratulations have been in order this month as three members of Dutton Gregory’s Residential Property team have been shortlisted in categories at this year’s British Conveyancing Awards. Proving excellence in every area of our busy...

Dutton Gregory Welcomes New Executive Trio

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Law firm Dutton Gregory is delighted to announce a hattrick of appointments to meet the demand of two of its thriving property divisions. Graduates Chloe Copping and Lucy Harris have both joined the firm to strengthen its Landlord & Tenant Team,...

The Fragrance Shop ordered to pay rent arrears accumulated throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

Brianna Garley
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In what is sure to be a welcome outcome for commercial landlords, Westfield London’s owners, COMMERZ REAL INVESTMENTGESELLSCHAFT mbh, have won summary judgment against one of their tenants, The Fragrance Shop, for unpaid rents and service charges that...

Thinking of moving in together? Make sure you are in Agreement!

Tom Whatley
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If you and your partner are thinking of renting or buying a property together before getting married, you won’t be surprised to learn you are not alone. In the 10 years from 2009, the proportion of families containing a cohabiting couple increased from...

Jonathan Joins Dutton Gregory Partnership

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After three years of outstanding enthusiasm and achievement since his arrival at the firm, Dutton Gregory is delighted to welcome family law specialist, Jonathan Whettingsteel, as the newest member of its Partnership.  With a decade of experience that...