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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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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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