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Coronavirus - Permitted development rights for takeaway services

Julia Davies
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On Tuesday 24 th March, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 came into force, bringing into effect the Government’s announcement that restaurants and drinking establishments may temporarily...

Coronavirus - Landlord & Tenant Update (26th March)

Robert Bolwell
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It’s been another challenging week for agents, landlords and just about everyone in the lettings industry . Late on Wednesday, the government’s emergency legislation passed into law, when the royal assent was given to the Coronavirus Act...

Coronavirus - Possession Claims Explained

Ryan Heaven
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The Government have stated their intention to protect tenants during the coronavirus outbreak by stopping any new possession claims from being issued at court. At the time of writing (Monday 23 rd March), the final wording of this legislation has not been...

Coronavirus - Your Landlord & Tenant Questions Answered

Robert Bolwell
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We are now over a week into the official coronavirus pandemic and the pressure on managing agents is increasing exponentially from all quarters. Last updated: 20/03/2020 Despite the pronouncements by Boris in recent days, there is still no clear...

Dutton Gregory Supports New Community Initiative

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In light of recent events, there has never been a more crucial time for communities to join together and offer help and support to those affected. As such, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with award-winning digital enterprise aDoddle ...

Five Fact Friday - Budget

Chris Hall
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The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered the first Budget in more than 18 months earlier this week.  Today we examine some of the key aspects of the UK’s first Budget as a non-EC/EU state for nearly 50 years, as well as look at some of the quirkier...

Five Fact Friday - The Value of Justice

Chris Hall
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Last week was Justice Week, a week-long series of events run by the Bar Council, the Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Although the aim of Justice Week is to highlight and promote the work of legal organisations and professionals...

Five Fact Friday - Strange Laws

Chris Hall
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Last year, we published an article focussing on five curious English laws. Here are five more unusual and often cited unusual ‘laws’ which might or might not really exist. 1. It is illegal to stand within 100 yards of the reigning monarch...

Five Fact Friday - Valentine's Day

Chris Hall
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Roses are red Violets are blue Five Valentine’s Day facts For people to view 1. “Under loves heavy burden…” February 24 th was officially declared the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day by Henry VII in 1537 through a Royal...

BBC Drama The Split - A Realistic Interpretation Of Family Law?

Pauline Ellis
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The second series of BBC’s The Split is out today, and as a family lawyer you think I’d want to avoid a programme on divorce! Yet I was intrigued to see how dramatically my profession would be portrayed... For those of you who did not...

Divorce & Your Child's Mental Wellbeing

Pauline Ellis
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It’s Children’s Mental Health Week at the moment (3 rd – 9 th Feb), and Family Solicitor Pauline Ellis looks at the mental impact of divorce on children, and how to best support them. Divorces can be difficult, especially when there are...

Five Fact Friday - Names

Chris Hall
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This weekend marks 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II issued an Order-in-Council stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor and that her descendants would take the name “Mountbatten-Windsor”.  Inspired by HRH, here...

Dutton Gregory Strengthens Poole Presence

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We are thrilled to announce the recent move of Residential Conveyancing expert Helen Phillips to our Poole office, adding to our strong reputation in the property market. Helen is a Senior Associate & Chartered Legal Executive, with a wealth...

Five Fact Friday - Brexit

Chris Hall
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So today is the day that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland exits the European Union.  What does this mean?  How will this affect you? What exactly are WTO rules?  These are all questions that we are looking to answer...

An Easy Guide to Clinical Negligence (Part 1)

Chloe Hayter
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2020 heralds a new decade, and unfortunately continues to bring a rise in clinical negligence cases . With the NHS paying out £2.4 billion  worth of claims in 2018, it's important to understand what clinical negligence is, and the...

Mediation Week - The Roundup

Pauline Ellis
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This week is  Mediation Week ! Family solicitor  Pauline Ellis  shares her experiences of mediation, and how it can help. Today's blog reviews our content over Mediation Week, and what we’ve learned. What is Mediation? ...

Five Fact Friday - Antarctica

Chris Hall
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Next week will see the 200 th anniversary of what is commonly believed to be the ‘discovery’ of Antarctica by Russian explorers Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen and Mikhail Lazarev.  To celebrate this, and also remind ourselves that there...

Mediation: The Impact

Pauline Ellis
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This week is  Mediation Week ! Family solicitor  Pauline Ellis  shares her experiences of mediation, and how it can help. Today's blog looks at: The Impact of Mediation Pauline shares her experience of mediation as a Family...

New Partnership With Dorset's Largest Bowls Club

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Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club , one of the largest bowls clubs in the UK, have partnered with Dutton Gregory Solicitors as their new Club Sponsor for the next 3 years. The club hosts over 1000 members, and is a fantastic meeting point for those of all...

How Does Mediation Work?

Pauline Ellis
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This week is  Mediation Week ! Family solicitor  Pauline Ellis  shares her experiences of mediation, and how it can help. Today's blog asks:  How Does Mediation Work? Firstly, how do you access mediation? There are two easy ways...

Do You Know The Benefits Of Mediation?

Pauline Ellis
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This week is  Mediation Week ! Family solicitor  Pauline Ellis  shares her experiences of mediation, and how it can help. Today's blog asks:  Do You Know The Benefits Of Mediation? Whilst Mediation can't offer you a golden...

What Is Mediation?

Pauline Ellis
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This week is Mediation Week ! Family solicitor Pauline Ellis shares her experiences of mediation, and how it can help. Today's blog asks:  What is Mediation?   Mediation is a  non-confrontational and cost effective way  to...

Five Fact Friday - Prohibition

Chris Hall
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Today marks the 100 th anniversary of the implementation of the Prohibition laws in the United States of America.  With this in mind, we present five intoxicating facts relating to various laws surrounding alcohol for you to keg back and enjoy. 1....

Five Fact Friday - New Year, New Laws

Chris Hall
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We usher in 2020 with a look at five laws that will (all things being equal) be implemented this year. According to data collected by Strava, a social network for athletes, this year’s ‘Quitter’s Day’ and the day on which people are...

Five Fact Friday - It's Christmas!

Chris Hall
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As we look forward to next week’s Christmas celebrations, here are five festive facts about Christmas. Apologies in advance for some of the wordplay, but it is the most pun-derful time of the year.  We wouldn’t want to leave anyone pine-ing...

Looking ahead to 2020's housing market

Paul  Sams
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Dutton Gregory Partner and property expert Paul Sams shares his thoughts on what 2020 will bring for the housing market and the difficulties that may lie ahead for industry professionals. “Personally I am cautiously optimistic for 2020.  We have...

What Would You Do If You Won the Lottery?

Kathryn Loveland-Blockley
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An unidentified member of the Dorset community has won the EuroMillions this month … and has yet to claim their prize! Whether you’d buy an £88m mansion next door to Jay-Z and Beyoncé , go yacht shopping or give it all away to...

What is Oxygen Starvation at Birth?

Claire Henderson
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Becoming a mother can be an amazing, exciting and fulfilling experience. Unfortunately, sometimes the birth process can go wrong, and as a result your baby can be injured. We see a large number of cases where, during the birth, for whatever reason, a...

Five Fact Friday - Election day

Chris Hall
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There is now less than one week until polling day and, as an antidote to the election fatigue most of us are feeling, it is worth looking at some of the more interesting laws relating to elections and the Parliament generally. So, here are five facts about...

Head of Personal Injury Wins National Award

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Emma Menzies , head of our award-winning Personal Injury team , has been awarded the title of " Defendant Lawyer of the Year " at the National Personal Injury Awards . Emma was praised as a “ model professional ", and the...

Dutton Gregory Ready To Get Back On Board At Southampton Sailing Week!

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Southampton Sailing Week 2020 will have the same Property and Legal Cup Sponsors as the 2019 event as Dutton Gregory are set to return. The leading solicitors, who operate out of six offices across the country including Southampton, Winchester and...

Airbnb and Assured Shorthold Tenancies: What can a landlord do?

Tom Whatley
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Since being founded in 2008, Airbnb has gone from the complete unknown to having hosted roughly 400 million guests worldwide. Surprisingly a year after its launch, the company was struggling to break-even but now has 31 offices and is estimated to have more...

Don't Mention The F Word!

Claire Henderson
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Unfortunately, we’ve noticed Clinical Negligence claims involving falls in hospitals are still common, especially among the elderly. Falls can happen for a number of reasons and not all of them will be because of negligence.    ...

£57,938 raised by Propertymark team in aid of homlessness

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Over 100 Propertymark agents and supporters, including Dutton Gregory Senior Partner Robert Bolwell, took part in a charity sleep out to raise £57,938 to support homeless young people in the UK. On the 21 st November, a team of over 100 individuals,...

Five Fact Friday - Floods

Chris Hall
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With parts of England still underwater and more wet weather to come, many people, organisation and even animals are doing their bit to help. Indeed, it has been announced that three families of beavers are to be introduced on land managed by the...

Associate Solicitor, Helen Clarkson, announced as Chair of Young Resolution Hampshire

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Local fast-growing law firm Dutton Gregory Solicitors is delighted to announce Associate Solicitor, Helen Clarkson, as the new Chair of Young Resolution Hampshire. Resolution is a nationwide community of family justice professionals who commit to working...

Regional Law Firm becomes Finalist for National Awards

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Dutton Gregory Solicitors , a growing regional practice offering legal expertise across Dorset and Hampshire, has become a finalist for four separate categories at this years’ Personal Injury Awards 2019. The Personal Injury Awards are...

Five Fact Friday - Lotteries

Chris Hall
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Next week marks the 25 th anniversary of the first National Lottery draw.  For £1 per ticket, players could guess which six out of 49 balls would be drawn with each ticket having a one-in-14-million chance of being a winner. To mark the...

The Role of an Inquest in Clinical Negligence Claims

Claire Henderson
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An inquest is sometimes held when a person has died and their death was either sudden and the cause is unknown, unnatural and or violent. Depending on the circumstances of the death, a member of the family of the deceased can request the matter be referred...

Five Fact Friday - Berlin Wall

Chris Hall
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This Saturday (9 th November 2019) marks the 30 th anniversary of one of the most important events in recent history, the fall of the Berlin Wall.  To mark the occasion, here are five fascinating facts about facades, fortifications, borders,...

Five Fact Friday - Bonfire Night

Chris Hall
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It will soon be that time of year again when bonfires burn and fireworks flash.  In order to ignite your interest, here are five fiery facts about illegal illuminations, prosecuted plotters and more! 1. All’s flare in love and war It is...

MOVING HOME? BE PREPARED

David Blackmore
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MOVING HOME? BE PREPARED Moving house is often classified as one of life’s most stressful events, with a recent poll ( Yopa, 2019 ) voting a move to be more nerve-wracking than getting a divorce, with 60% of people admitting they were put off...

Dutton Gregory Solicitors Achieves Another Record Win for Clients

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This month our Clinical Negligence team settled a case for their client, a 12 year old boy, for £12.86 million . Suffering from dystonic four-limb cerebral palsy and developmental delay, our client requires constant care and the use of a wheelchair...

Clinical Negligence Claims - Snooze and You Will Lose!

Claire Henderson
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Clinical Negligence Claims - Snooze and You Will Lose! Think you or a loved one have a potential Negligence claim? Get in touch with our expert Clinical Negligence team now to discuss: 01202 315005 or contact@duttongregory.co.uk In clinical...

A 'Frightful' Five Fact Friday - Halloween

Chris Hall
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Whether you’re interested in lore or law, there are plenty of eerie enactments and creepy cases that deal with the supernatural.  As the spooky season is now upon us, here are five fascinating facts about phantoms, felons and all things...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Dutton Gregory sponsors Southampton Property Show 2018

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Regional heavyweight law firm, Dutton Gregory are proud sponsors of this year’s Southampton Property Show, taking place at Southampton Harbour Hotel on Thursday 13th September. As Southampton’s largest property investment, business and...

Dutton Gregory's Help to Buy expert reacts to Minister's latest report

Paul  Sams
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Last week, the Minister of Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, published the latest figures from the Government’s Help to Buy schemes. It was announced that over a third of a million first time buyer properties have been...

Dutton Gregory Builds On Its Property Team In Hampshire

Paul  Sams
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Regional heavyweight law firm, Dutton Gregory, has expanded its Residential Property department with four new members of staff joining the team based in Chandler’s Ford. This latest growth will enable the firm to continue delivering first-class...

Calling All Landlords - Have You Served Your Gas Safety Certificate In Time?

Robert Bolwell
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Since 1 October 2015 in addition to the paperwork sent to a tenant proving compliance with the deposit registration regulations, Landlords have had to make sure that tenants have received the appropriate energy performance certificate, the government’s...

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...

Discount Rates and how they affect compensation

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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...

The Knee - its a Complex bit of kit

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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...

Pressure Ulcers

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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

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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

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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...

Hernia

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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

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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

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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...

Over-diagnosis

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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

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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

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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...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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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

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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...

Your Will May Not Be Your Last Word

Alistair MacFarlane
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In two months the Supreme Court will determine the final outcome of an inheritance case which has been ongoing for more than a decade, a decision which is likely to set new legal precedent. The case of Heather Ilott has raised contentious debate over...

Asthma Deaths

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Asthma is one of the most common medical conditions, with an estimated five and a half million people in the UK having this condition, i.e. 1 in 10 people. The startling statistic is that every 10 seconds there is a person having a potentially lethal...

Beware the Emergency Department - Part 2

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Beware the Emergency Department (Part II) Assessment This requires a mental health history including any history of documented social behavioural conditions, conduct disorders, ADHD, psychosis/schizophrenia or autism. In the medical history,...

When worst fears become reality

Carol Maunder
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It can be an incredibly difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy and harder still to follow through on that course. At the very least you would hope for some peace of mind knowing you made the right choice, given the circumstances, for the right reasons. ...

Beware the Emergency Department - Part 1

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This article will look at the guidance provided on the management of patients who are violent in the setting of an Emergency Department (ED).  Most assaults in hospital occur within the ED; the overall reported figures for violent attacks against all...

Bittersweet success for Dutton Gregory's Clinical Negligence team

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The Clinical Negligence team at Dutton Gregory has finalised a case against several GPs and nurses; a bittersweet success which sadly came too late for the Claimant who recently passed away. The team at Dutton Gregory were approached following a string...

Bunions - Symptoms and treatment

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Bunions (Hallux Valgus) Bunions are quite common, and occur when the big toe pushes towards the adjacent toes, making the joint at the base of the big toe protrude outwards. This joint is the metatarsal to the phalanges (the equivalent joint in the...

Ankylosing Spondylitis - arthritis of the spine

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Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that mainly affects the spine. It tends to occur in young people, being more common in males. The explorer Christopher Columbus, cricketer Mike Atherton and golfer Ian Woosnam all suffered from AS. ...

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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This essentially means wear and tear affecting one’s vision as they get older. The macula is an oval-shaped pigmented area near the centre of the  retina  of the  human eye . It has a diameter of around 5mm. The consequence of a...

Bariatric Surgery and the Medico-legal Aspects

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Owing to the obesity ‘epidemic’ afflicting the UK, Bariatric (“weight loss”) surgery is developing at a pace. Within bariatric surgery are 3 different types of procedures that are commonly used so that the patient can sustain a...