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The treatment of pensions on divorce: where are we now?

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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The division of pensions during divorce proceedings can be a complicated and emotive topics for many. In order to offer clarifications and recommendations on the matter, the Pension Advisory Group (PAG) filed their  ‘A Guide to the Treatment of...

Planning Shake Up... Or Pointless Sideshow?

Paul  Sams
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On 21 st  July 2020 the Government announced new planning classes in an attempt to change the way that planning is handled.  Will it be successful or is this just political “smoke and mirrors”?  Probably a bit of...

Law Commissions Report on Leasehold Reform

Louise Uphill
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This week, the Law Commission published its report on buying freeholds and extending leases.  The report has been awaited since 2017, when the Law Commission announced it was given the task of promoting transparency and fairness in the residential...

Stamp Duty Changes: what do they mean for you?

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Today (Wednesday 8 th July), the Chancellor has announced a temporary Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) holiday on residential properties as part of a number of measures that aim to kick start the economy following the impact of COVID-19. The...

No Furlough for the fellow on furlough

Mark Broad
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No Furlough for the fellow on furlough The traditional meaning of furlough is a ‘leave of absence’, especially that granted to a member of the services, missionaries or prisoners.  These days though, we are all familiar with the term as...

A boost for builders - automatic extensions on all planning permissions

Rachel McNulty
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This week, the government has announced that all planning permissions due to lapse between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 that have not been implemented are automatically extended until 1 April 2021 . For many builders, this will be a welcome decision...

Case Study: Neil & Neil - A warning on the implications of dishonesty and deceit in financial proceedings

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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Although an extreme example based on the court’s findings, a recent Judgement delivered by Mr Justice Moor in the case of Neil & Neil [2019] EWHC 3330 (fam) serves as an example as to how the courts will set aside a financial order, even in part...

Five Fact Friday - Famous Thefts

Chris Hall
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We are all in need of a good news story at the moment.   So it was welcome news when, earlier this week, it was revealed that the mural created by street artist Banksy on a door of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where, tragically, 90 people...

An Update On The Family Courts - How Does It Affect Your Situation?

Karen Andrews
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Many people dealing with or contemplating a divorce or separation may be confused and concerned by recent events, and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on any ongoing (or anticipated) family law proceedings.   When the crisis first struck, we had...

An Update On The Family Courts - How Does It Affect Your Situation?

Karen Andrews
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Many people dealing with or contemplating a divorce or separation may be confused and concerned by recent events, and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on any ongoing (or anticipated) family law proceedings.   When the crisis first struck, we had...

Divorce and Finances during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Your Questions Answered

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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The COVID-19 pandemic is going to have long lasting implications on the economy and, as such, one of the questions that my clients are repeatedly asking me is whether they should change their course of action during the pandemic. Should they separate but...

Family law during lockdown: your questions answered

Pauline Ellis
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The COVID-19 lockdown has had an effect on us all. However, for those in separated families, going through a breakdown of a relationship or even hoping to start married life, the challenges faced have been particularly difficult. We’ve looked at some...

Confessions of a Family Solicitor during Lockdown

Pauline Ellis
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It all seems rather surreal at the moment with the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.  Personally, I am trying to work from home while juggling trying to homeschool and entertain a preschooler at the same time! The majority of people...

Deciphering your residential lease

Louise Uphill
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Having dug out a copy of your lease from your ever growing pile of paperwork at home, you can often find yourself faced with the problem of how to decode it!  The good news is that we’ve put together this general guide to a standard residential...

Dutton Gregory welcomes two new Equity Partners

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Local law firm Dutton Gregory celebrates the appointment of two new Equity Partners, Head of Litigation, Andrew Witt , and   Head of Residential Property, Paul Sams. With both Partners joining the firm in recent years, staff, clients and friends...

Virtual signing for property transactions during the coronavirus pandemic

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As much as we have been operating ‘business as usual’ during lockdown, the need for social distancing has, naturally, impacted the process for signing and returning original legal documents to solicitors. Without signed original legal documents,...

Leaseholders: get your "house" in order amid lockdown

Louise Uphill
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Whilst the battle with COVID-19 rages on outside and activity within the housing market is quiet, now is a good time for leaseholders to use this opportunity to get their current lease in a good and marketable condition ready for when the market springs back...

Coronavirus and conveyancing: Selling your house after lockdown

Nicky Marsh
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The housing market is vital to the economy and I think we can all agree that the sooner it can safely be back on its feet, the better. I’ve had many conversations with colleagues, clients and contacts the past few weeks and I remain confident that the...

5 Lockdown Questions With Ritchie Clapson - PropertyCEO

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Dutton Gregory's  Head of Conveyancing Paul Sams  hosts " 5 Lockdown Questions With "! In light of recent events, Paul speaks to industry experts across the South to find out how they are handling the lockdown, both...

5 Lockdown Questions With Daniel Glass - Personal Training For Everyday Living

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Dutton Gregory's Head of Conveyancing Paul Sams hosts " 5 Lockdown Questions With "! In light of recent events, Paul speaks to industry experts across the South to find out how they are handling the lockdown, both personally and...

Coronavirus and Conveyancing: Electronic Signatures

Rebecca East
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Common Law in England and Wales has always been flexible in recognising a variety of different signatures, including that of merely a mark, initials or a printed name. The law even accommodates signing on behalf of someone where a person is physically...

Coronavirus - Student tenants during lockdown

Gina Peters
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The government introduced measures on 26 March 2020 to prevent tenants in the private rental sector (PRS) from being evicted during the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, the measures are not extensive enough. Is this the case for our student population? With...

Government Launches Domestic Violence Campaign Amidst Covid-19

James Leach
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The coronavirus pandemic has had a drastic impact on the lives of everyone, with enforced changes effecting peoples' work and social life across the country.  In particular, the necessity to remain at home is taking a toll on...

6 reasons why the property market will bounce back stronger

Daniel Szasz
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It’s safe to say that the lockdown restrictions have been challenging for us all. We’re all wondering what day it is, adjust to a new way of living and working, and many of us have experienced the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our work....

Coronavirus - Now is the time to transfer property and save tax!

Jeremy Tucker
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Transfers of certain types of property, to anyone other than a spouse, will generally mean you have to pay capital gains tax as if you had sold the property at its market value.  Adding to that pain, any taxable capital gain arising for disposals...

What does the Covid-19 Lockdown mean for your family?

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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On Monday 23 rd March 2020 the Prime Minister gave a historic announcement, putting the UK into lockdown. This was largely expected, but few had time to prepare, including many families with child arrangements. The government have since...

Equity Release Gets The Green Light For Remote Advice

Paul  Sams
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Legal advice for Equity Release has been given the green light by the Equity Release Council (ERC) to happen remotely due to Covid-19 . Head of Conveyancing Paul Sams , author of a book on the topic, comments on the latest update. In the...

Coronavirus FAQ - Furloughing

Mark Broad
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Furloughing is the latest focal point in employment law but what is it and what does it mean for both employers and employees? Partner and Head of Employment Mark Broad answers some of the most common questions around this topic. UPDATE...

Mediation Remains Available Despite Lockdown

Pauline Ellis
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Although mediation is normally conducted in person, due to the current covid-19 lockdown, this cannot happen. However, we are still able to offer our clients mediation services via several different video conferencing options. Initial Mediation...

Five Fact Friday - Charity

Chris Hall
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With more and more people being furloughed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, charities are reporting a rapid increase in volunteers as people look to keep themselves busy.  Back in January 2020, the Fundraising Regulator published its ‘Good Practice...

Coronavirus - Permitted development rights for takeaway services

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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...

Mediation Still Available Despite Lockdown

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Although mediation is normally conducted in person, due to the current lockdown situation caused by Covid-19, this cannot happen. However, we are able to offer our clients mediation services via several diferent video conferenncing options, enabling the...

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...