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Lisa Holden, Principal and Head of Family Law

January sees surge in divorce enquiries

It's a sad fact that in the UK, more people get divorced in January than any other month.Filing for divorce in January is so popular that it is dubbed "Divorce Month" while the first working day back after the Christmas break is often known as "Divorce Day". On top of this 42 per cent of all first marriages now end with a decree absolute.

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Nick Gent

Trethowans advises on sale of Sandy Balls

Trethowans has kicked off 2017 by overseeing the sale of one of the UK's best-known holiday parks. The law firm's corporate team advised on the sale of Sandy Balls Estate Limited, operator of Sandy Balls holiday village, to Away Resorts Limited.

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Partners celebrate success at annual Christmas event; from left to right: Alan Horne, Jerome Dodge, Lisa Holden, Sarah Heath and Paul Dunlop

Thriving law firm contradicts Brexit gloom by announcing strong growth

A thriving Dorset law firm has contradicted the gloomy Brexit forecasts by announcing substantial growth figures. Blanchards Bailey has rallied against the uncertainty both domestically and internationally to see its growth increase by 40 per cent over the past three years - with the firm also recording figures showing a significant rise of 10 per cent in this year alone.

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Catharine Geddes

What to look out for in 2017

With the memories of festivities and New Year celebrations already fading away, we're getting stuck into 2017 with a look at what the year has lined up for HR and employment law.

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Staff from Trethowans dig deep for their final good deed

Trethowans' 150th anniversary year of good deeds

Trethowans has rounded off its anniversary year commitment to completing 150 good deeds in aid of local good causes, by planting a woodland in Poole.

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Battens Cheque Presentation Ceri Stephens  Director and James England Tax and Trust Accountant.

Jailbreak for BBC Children in Need

Battens Solicitors who have offices across the South West and London recently supported two teams from Blueloop Limited, an IT and Cyber Security company based in Yeovil for their Blueloop Jailbreak challenge in aid of BBC Children in Need.

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Catharine Geddes, Partner at Lester Aldridge

The Future of National Minimum Wage (NMW)

Following recent legislation changes within employment law, later this week the final October increases to National Minimum Wage (NMW), the minimum amount per hour that workers in the UK are entitled to be paid, will come into force.

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Simon Cross, Partner at Humphries Kirk

Humphries Kirk to offer free wills to Dorset Wildlife Trust members

Dorset and Somerset solicitors firm Humphries Kirk will be offering a free Will writing service in October to over 26,000 Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) members.

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Laceys prove their worth with exceptional results in the Legal 500

Following the merger with Horsey Lightly Fynn , Laceys Solicitors LLP has out performed last years Legal 500 results by adding a further 2 practice areas to those that were previously recommended by the well respected clients guide to the best law firms, the Legal 500.

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Catharine Geddes

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

As many employers are aware, the National Minimum Wage increases on 1 October each year, based on recommendations from the Low Pay Commission. We also saw the introduction of the National Living Wage in April 2016, adding an additional 50p per hour to the minimum wage for workers aged 25 and above.

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Adrian Cormack of Coles Miller Solicitors

Injury Prevention Day: Take Care In The Countryside

Britain's idyllic countryside is a magnet for families enjoying days out but some underestimate its dangers - with fatal or life-changing consequences. Rural accidents are on the increase, warn solicitors Coles Miller ahead of Injury Prevention Day (Wednesday August 17 2016).

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Alex Bilionis, Partner at Lester Aldridge

Beware of verbal contract changes

The recent case of Globe Motors Inc -v- TRW Lucas Varity Electric Steering Ltd, has given some guidance on the effectiveness of "variation" clauses contained in written contracts, and their impact on the enforceability of subsequent oral agreements made between its contracting parties.

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