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Chris Longbottom

Could the new digital divorce process put an end to the backlog of work at the Courts in the UK?

During the COVID-19 pandemic the UK Courts have been faced with a significant amount of divorce applications due to the pressure of family life during lockdown. The new digital divorce process, which is due to come into effect from 13 September, is set to speed up divorce applications whereby individuals can now use an online portal where the Court will acknowledge and process applications far more quickly.

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Fundraisers collect their medals at a previous Walk for Wards event. Walkers are being urged to join in this year’s extravaganza on Saturday September 4

Solicitors step up for hospitals charity fundraiser

Solicitors have thrown the might of the law behind a 'Walk for Wards' fundraiser in aid of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch hospitals. Regional law firm Ellis Jones Solicitors has stepped up as the headline 'gold' sponsor for the extravaganza at the Somerley House estate near Ringwood on Saturday September 4.

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Blanchards Bailey’s Head of HR and Operations Jane Eldridge-Cordner

Prepare fully for end of furlough

Dorset businesses are being urged to prepare thoroughly for the end of furlough in September or be faced with tough and potentially costly decisions. Award-winning law firm Blanchards Bailey LLP says that with less than 70 days to go before the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is due to be phased out, businesses should now have firm plans in place.

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Coles Miller Debt Recovery Manager Eric Holt

Landlord's debt breathing space victory

Dorset law firm Coles Miller has helped a landlord to regain possession of her house after defeating a difficult tenant's 'debt breathing space' claim.

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Mark Nixon

Trethowans completes purchase of StaffAid by MCG Group

A leading corporate legal team based in Bournemouth has successfully advised on the purchase of Lincoln-based nursing agency, StaffAid, by multi-national recruitment company, The MCG Group. The deal, which completed on Friday 28 May, was the fourth in a series of acquisitions handled by local law firm Trethowans on behalf of the rapidly growing MCG Group.

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Nicola Seager

Extension of commercial eviction ban lacks clarity, says lawyers

The Government has announced that the ban on the eviction of commercial tenants who have failed to pay rent will be extended until March 2022, following pressure from businesses affected by the continuation of coronavirus restrictions.

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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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