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RELATIONSHIP POLICY. Laura Kelleher is a specialist employment solicitor at DC Employment Solicitors, Southampton.

Bosses should heed lessons of McDonald's case, says Hampshire lawyer

A Hampshire employment law specialist is urging bosses to ensure they have a clear stance on personal relationships at work following this week McDonald's CEO case. Laura Kelleher, a solicitor at DC Employment Solicitors, said written guidance on what is and isn't appropriate can help companies deal with any issues as they arise.

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Susan Hall

Festive data protection warning to businesses

The hallowed Christmas tradition of lawyers warning about HR liabilities arising from the office Christmas party has, since the passing of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), been joined by a second set of warning messages about the threat to businesses who send corporate Christmas cards to clients, observes data protection specialist Susan Hall.

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WIN: Solicitor Henrietta Dunkley and Partner Paul Kanolik of Ellis Jones Solicitors who have recovered over £100,000 of a gambler

Ellis Jones wins £100,000 gambling case

A Hampshire and Dorset law firm has scooped a major win against the bookies - reclaiming more than £100,000 of a problem gambler's losses. Ellis Jones Solicitors reclaimed 89 per cent of their client's net losses from a high street bookmaker. Experts from its specialist Betting Disputes Team successfully argued that the betting operator breached the Gambling Commission's social responsibility code because it failed to protect their client as a vulnerable customer The man, aged 32, lost just over £134,000 playing casino games such as roulette, blackjack and a slot machine style game.

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Law firm announces series of free Will advice sessions across Dorset and Somerset

Law firm announces series of free Will advice sessions

Humphries Kirk, is hosting free morning advice sessions at its offices across Dorset and Somerset. The sessions run from 9am until 1pm, with 30-minute appointment slots that should be booked in advance. Topics covered in these appointments include Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the range of financial products and services available.

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Anne Minihane

Can someone with dementia make a will?

With almost one in eight people dying from various forms of dementia it is important to understand where this leaves people when it comes to making a Will, says private capital specialist Anne Minihane from Clarke Willmott LLP who have offices in Southampton. Anne, who is also a panel deputy for the Court of Protection which makes decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who lack mental capacity, says dealing with the affairs of individuals with dementia is likely to become an increasing problem in the coming years

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Michael Veal

Lester Aldridge partner becomes part-time judge

Lester Aldridge is delighted to announce that one of its litigation partners has been appointed to the part-time judicial post of Recorder. Michael Veal has been appointed with effect from 16 September 2019, and will sit on the Western Circuit.

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Laura Martin, Head of Family Law at award-winning Dorset law firm Blanchards Bailey, is warning that divorces can have a devastating impact on the viability of farms

Devastating consequences of Dorset farm divorces

Divorce can have a devastating impact on the viability of Dorset farms, a legal specialist has warned. Laura Martin, Head of Family Law at award-winning Dorset law firm Blanchards Bailey LLP warns that farming divorces can be challenging and complex. She said: "A marriage break up in any family is upsetting, but when there is divorce in a farming family the consequences can often be far reaching - the worst case scenario being the dividing up of the farm, which tends to benefit no one."

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Back together: Ian Daly (left) who has joined former boss Jonathan Morrissey in the criminal department at Ellis Jones Solicitors.

Criminal lawyers team up again at Ellis Jones

Specialist criminal solicitor Ian Daly has teamed up with former boss Jonathan Morrissey at Dorset law firm Ellis Jones. The duo have more than 60 years' experience in the defence of criminal charges between them.

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Matthew Moore Gales Solicitors

Legal pitfalls for a co- habiting Prime Minister in Downing Street

The UK may shortly have its first co- habiting Prime Minister in Downing Street, which leads Gales Solicitor's Partner to discuss common co-habiting legal pitfalls.

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Magdalena Lipinska

Worldwide Excellence Award for Magdalena

Magdalena Lipinska, solicitor in Humphries Kirk's Bournemouth office, has received a prestigious Worldwide Excellence Award from STEP, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

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Abigail Doggrell and Sue Nicolson of Humphries Kirk Crewkerne

Humphries Kirk offers free Will advice sessions

Following its launch of the initiative in June, Humphries Kirk is hosting free morning advice sessions at its offices across Dorset and Somerset. The sessions run from 9am until 1pm, and 30-minute appointments are to be booked in advance. Topics covered in these appointments include Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the range of financial products and services available.

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Anna and Joanne join the team at Humphries Kirk

Expansion of Land Law team

Humphries Kirk's offices in Parkstone and Poole have expanded the residential and commercial property teams with two new members of staff. Joanne Mitchell, solicitor in the firm's Parkstone office, specialises in residential property.

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