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Nick Douch, managing director of Douch Family Funeral Directors

New funeral rules welcomed by leading Dorset group

Dorset's Douch Family Funeral Directors has welcomed new laws and recommendations that will make the sector more transparent. The group has long been calling for a move in this direction so unscrupulous businesses who take advantage of mourning families can be prosecuted.

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Head of Employment/HR Services Kate Brooks

Navigating roadmap for safe return

Dorset and Hants law firm Ellis Jones Solicitors has urged businesses to start talking to employees about returning to the office to defuse any HR bombshells later on. Government guidance for office staff to 'work from home if they can' will be lifted at stage four of the roadmap out of lockdown - potentially on Monday June 21.

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Simon Freeman, a Partner and property litigation specialist at national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP

Welcome news for commercial landlords seeking rates relief for empty premises

A recent High Court judgement has provided commercial property landlords with reassurance about the use of 'cyclical occupation' schemes as a way to mitigate their liability for business rates on empty properties. Lawyers say this is a useful step towards ending protracted arguments between commercial landlords and ratings authorities over what constitutes rateable occupation and is a clear statement that these mitigation schemes are lawful and effective.

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Laura Bond

Lawyers advise on cohabitation as fewer couples marry during lockdown

Expert family lawyers say the pandemic has led to more couples choosing to cohabit rather than marry and are advising people to be aware of the different legal positions involved.

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Alex Jakubowski, a Partner with national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP

The emerging scandal of hidden commission in the business energy sector

Businesses are now being urged to look into their deals and think about whether they know how their broker gets paid. The law firm says millions of pounds in compensation could be due. "Customers should ask themselves what they know about commission payments and whether they have given their informed consent, even those customers who have perhaps been told the service is free or that the supplier pays the commission." said Alex.

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Associate Solicitor Nicola Hall explains the importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney

Lasting Powers of Attorney thrown into spotlight

Dorset and Hampshire law firm Ellis Jones Solicitors has warned that the 'heart-breaking' plight of TV presenter Kate Garraway has hammered home the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA). Kate has spoken on Good Morning Britain of her difficulties in managing her husband Derek's affairs without an LPA in his year-long battle against Covid. She also highlighted their struggle in a recent hard-hitting TV documentary. Associate Solicitor Nicola Hall said it exploded the myth that a person's next of kin will automatically be able to take medical and care decisions for them if they are unable to do so.

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Blanchards Bailey solicitor Wingwai Tam is advising landlords that from 1 April, all tenanted residential properties must have a satisfactory Electrical Installation Condition Report

Fire safety warning to Dorset landlords

Dorset landlords are being warned they face fines of up to £30,000 if they don't comply with new electrical safety regulations being introduced for private rented properties next month.

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Free Brexit support for Dorset businesses

South Coast law firm Lester Aldridge is collaborating with Dorset LEP to provide free initial legal advice to Dorset-based SMEs on matters related to the EU transition.

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Laura Bond

Wife awarded compensation for housework in divorce settlement

Specialist family lawyer Laura Bond from national firm Clarke Willmott LLP examines the recent case of a housewife awarded compensation for the domestic chores she undertook during her marriage in China and looks at how the law compares in England and Wales.

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Amy Peacey

What Brexit changes mean for business

Specialist commercial lawyer Amy Peacey looks at some of the implications of Brexit since the transition period ended, particularly on businesses importing and exporting goods.

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Equine law specialist Ellen Shipton on a ride

Ellen warns of horse trading in equine market

An equine lawyer who has been riding since the age of five has warned of a rising number of disputes as horse sales boom in lockdown. Ellen Shipton, of Dorset and Hampshire law firm Ellis Jones Solicitors, said that mis-selling appears to be increasing whether through genuine misunderstandings or deliberate targeting of buyers.

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Sarah Wood-Heath

Separated parents in dispute over Covid-19 vaccine for children

Specialist family lawyers say they are getting increasing enquiries from separated parents about what to do should disagreements arise over vaccinating their children against Covid-19.

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