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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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Paul Dunlop, Principal at Blanchards Bailey LLP

Farming future rests on consultation

Dorset law firm Blanchards Bailey LLP is urging those people involved in farming to have their say in the Government's ongoing Agricultural Tenancy Consultation which could go a long way towards shaping the future of tenant farming in this country. The consultation process, being handled by the Department for Food, Environment & Rural Affairs (Defra), is reviewing the Agricultural Holdings Act (AHA) tenancy agreements and Farm Business Tenancy agreements (FBTs).

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Principal solicitor Steve Simpkins

£15 Million in fifteen Years of Highcliffe law firm

A local legal practice based in Highcliffe, close to the Dorset/Hampshire border, is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. Simpkins & Co Solicitors specialise in personal injury and clinical negligence claims, and employment law. They have assisted in excess of 3,000 clients since being established in 2004.

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igel Smith, Ellis Jones’ Managing Partner (right) and Chris Gates, Compliance Officer, celebrate the firm being reaccredited with Lexcel and the Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

Double success for law firm

Ellis Jones Solicitors is celebrating a double success. The Dorset law firm has been awarded the coveted Lexcel quality mark for the 16th year running. Lexcel is the Law Society's legal practice quality mark for practice management and client care. It is only awarded to law firms who provide the highest level of client care and business management standards.

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Laura Martin, an Associate in the Family Law Department at award-winning Dorset law firm Blanchards Bailey LLP has qualified as one of the most outstanding mediators in the country by becoming a Law Society Accredited Family Mediator

Mediation accreditation success for solicitor

An Associate at award-winning Dorset law firm Blanchards Bailey LLP has qualified as one of the most outstanding mediators in the country. Solicitor, Laura Martin, part of the expanding firm's Family Law department, has become a Law Society Accredited Family Mediator.

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Adam Scott, joint head of private client services

Discounted Lasting Powers of Attorney services

Law firm Humphries Kirk is offering a 20 per cent discount off its Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) services for appointments booked between Monday, May 20, until Friday, May 24.

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Stuart Little

Are British businesses making the most of their GCs and legal teams in the face of Brexit challenges?

Senior company bosses say that a board role is there for the taking, providing their legal counsel demonstrate commercial awareness and acumen, according to new research. Just 22% of in-house general counsel (GCs) say they hold active board positions within their organisations.

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Harold G Walker Solicitors Partners

Recognition for Harold G Walker

Harold G Walker Solicitors in Dorset provide a wide range of legal services and expert legal advice from its offices based throughout the county. The firm was recently recognised in the Annual SME News Legal Awards as Best for Wills, Probate & Trusts 2019 - South West England & Recognised Leader in Inheritance Tax Planning Services.

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Samuel Dorne - Hayward Baker april 2019

Specialist law firm announces new ownership

A Fareham-based law firm, which specialises in winning compensation for members of the public, is to change hands. Hayward Baker helps citizens to tackle challenges such as winning compensation after an accident, or reopening claims where the person is not happy with the amount of compensation received, or how much they had to pay another firm. It will be majority-owned and run by Samuel Dorne, who has worked with the firm for nearly five years.

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Nigel Smith, Managing Partner, Ellis Jones, with Lorraine Hewitt, Life Education’s Fundraising Manager, and Harold, the charity’s giraffe mascot.

When Harry met Nigel

A charity which provides health, wellbeing and drug prevention education to thousands of school children across the region has publicly thanked a Dorset law firm for its support. Life Education Wessex works with children aged three to eleven, parents and teachers to improve the health and wellbeing of the young as well as helping then to avoid risky behaviours that may damage their health and their futures.

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