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Why local legal
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Professional expertise, a high level of service and value for our clients

Thomas Dunton Solicitors is an accredited and independent firm of Solicitors, offering friendly, sympathetic and affordable legal advice tailored to your own individual circumstances. We have specialists in each key area of Law, who can deal with all your legal matters, professionally, from beginning to end.

We value the relationship we have with our clients and your needs are always our first priority.

Our continued growth has been built upon the referrals and recommendations of the many satisfied clients who have appreciated the high level of personal service and value which we provide, combined with funding options that meet their needs and constraints.

Please click here for a brief overview of our services.

Serving Kent and the South-East

Our offices are conveniently based in High Street, Orpington, Kent with excellent access from further afield via the M25.

We have been serving the public for over 35 years with clients throughout the Borough of Bromley and Kent including the local towns of: Bexley,  Biggin Hill,  WesterhamBromley,  Chislehurst,  Dartford,  Orpington,  Petts WoodWest Wickham & Hayes,  Sevenoaks and  Swanley,

Our free legal talks resume in September

Our increasingly popular talks at Orpington Library will start again in September.

Dates are 20th September, 18th October and 22nd November.

These talks, by Catherine Crabtree, provide essential free advice on subjects that everyone should be aware of. We will be discussing the following topics:

  • The Government’s new Inheritance Tax proposals. Can you really leave £1,000,000 tax free ?
  • Does your Will provide effectively for your dependents and loved ones ? How often should you review it?
  • The problems you leave by not having a Will.
  • What is a Power of Attorney and why it may be more important to you than a Will?
  • How to protect your estate from long term care costs.                                                               

There is no need to book, just call in on the day.  Each talk will start at 11am and lasts approximately one hour including questions. Please join us and ask questions on related legal matters with no  obligation.

You will be able to find videos by Catherine explaining Wills, Inheritance tax and Lasting Powers of Attorney elsewhere on this website.

New Government rules in Inheritance Tax (IHT)

Can you really leave £1000,000 tax free ?

Listen as Catherine Crabtree explains the basic rules on Inheritance Tax.

Please click here for more videos on IHT and full details of the new IHT rules.

Free Newsletters and Guides

Please click on the appropriate link to read our latest newsletters. If you would like copies for yourself or friends, please simply call us on 01689 822554 or email

General Legal information — please click here GENERIC NEWSLETTER FOR WEB 2016

Business Newsletter — please click here  BUSINESS NEWSLETTER FOR WEB 2016

Personal Injury Newsletter — please click here PI NEWSLETTER FOR WEB 2016

Pocket Employment Guide — please click here PEG FOR WEB 2016

Information Videos

We are pleased to present to you some information videos that you will find on our pages for Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney.

Here is an example, explaining what can happens if you don’t have a Will.

Visit our dedicated Personal Injury website

Please visit our dedicated Personal Injury website which contains more detailed information about different types of injury and the services provided by our highly trained and experienced team of lawyers. This video illustrates the expertise we can provide.

Please click here if you wish to visit this site.

“The Legal Hour” on LBC 97.3

Vernon Hadida, a senior partner at Thomas Dunton is delighted to be associated with Clive Bull on his Legal Hour phone-in programme on LBC radio.

During the live broadcast, Vernon is asked many interesting and varied questions from members of the public.

This provides a great opportunity to hear concerns and opinions from the general public and so keep in touch with how people view the legal profession, what the main issues are and how we can reach out and help.

Each programme, which can be found from the “News” menu on the left side of your screen, is annotated with each subject covered for easy reference and access.

Please click here to listen to the latest programme.

Thomas Dunton and the Chinese Community

We were delighted to be invited to give a talk on Wills, Lasting Power  of Attorney and Inheritance Tax to members of The China Club, which is a meeting place for Chinese nationals living in the area,

The talk was jointly presented by Catherine Crabtree, of Thomas Dunton, and translated into Chinese by Mrs Kit Leung.

  • Please click here to access a full transcript of the talk in both English and Chinese together with videos of the presentation.

We would like to thank all concerned for a very enjoyable afternoon and for the opportunity to meet and talk to an enthusiastic audience.

The presentation by Catherine and Kit engaged and interested all present, and the manner in which they worked with each other to cut across the language barrier ensured everyone felt involved.
This was amply illustrated by the large number of questions that they were asked, both in English and Chinese.

The China Club is based at the Crofton Baptist Church, 100 Crofton Lane, Orpington BR5 1HD and is held each Thursday between 10am and 2 pm. For more details call 07914838195.

Lexcel — the mark of excellence

Little more than 10% of solicitors in the UK have achieved the Lexcel mark of excellence from the Law Society and every year, each law firm who carries this accreditation, undergoes a rigorous examination to ensure standards are being maintained and improved. The following are quotes from the assessors reports for the last two years:

July 2013 “One of the best firms I have seen.”

July 2014 “Thomas Dunton Solicitors is a well-run practice with highly motivated staff members who take great pride in their work and in providing high levels of client care. Simply Outstanding!”

The Lexcel accreditation gives an assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards.

What our clients think of us

Each of our clients are sent a Client Satisfaction Survey form on completion of their case. Here are the results of their responses for 2013 and  2014.

Out of 1927 replies to our questions, we are delighted to report that 79.1% of our clients were “Very satisfied”, 20.2% were “Satisfied” and 0.7% were “Not satisfied”.

Please click here for a full breakdown of the results of the survey.

Orpington’s Finest Competition

For the second year running, we are delighted that Thomas Dunton has been nominated for an award in the Service category.

This photograph shows Vernon Hadida holding our certificate with Catherine Crabtree and Tessa Bengo.


Please click here for the full list of winners and nominees.

St Christopher’s Hospice Charity

Thomas Dunton Solicitors are very pleased to support St Christopher’s Hospice by raising funds to help their invaluable work in the community.

Please click the logo to access their website and find out more about this wonderful charity.

We are a St Christopher's Bronze Business Partner 2015

Peter Zelnik & Co. Solicitors

The firm of Peter Zelnik Solicitors, based in Biggin Hill, has closed and Thomas Dunton have been asked to look after the documents left with them including Wills, Powers of Attorney, correspondence, court documents and other important items.  We would be pleased to hear from any of their clients with any legal enquiry. Please click here for more information.


            The information on this website is of a general nature and details are prone to change.

Individual advice should always be taken.

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Latest Podcast

Vernon Hadida, a senior partner at Thomas Dunton is delighted to be associated with Clive Bull on his Legal Hour phone-in programme on LBC radio. During the live broadcast, Vernon is asked many interesting and varied questions from members of the public.You can listen to the complete set of broadcasts where he answers questions on a wide variety of subjects from the public or select a particular topic by using our individual directories for each programme.

Subjects discussed include the following with approximate timings:
  • New laws concerning dispute resolution over goods and services 1.30 — 5.00
  • Reputational Loss 5.10 — 8.30
  • Fly Tipping 8.35 — 11.15
  • Payment for training by agencies 13.55 — 16.40
  • Service charges for Leasehold flat 16.45 — 19.00
  • Fraudulent Car Insurance Claim 19.05 — 23.30
  • Payment for Self Employed person 24.50 — 27.45
  • Returning item on Ebay 27.48 — 30.15
  • Tenancy problems with Leasehold flat 30.20 — 34.20
  • Admission of liability in Road Traffic Accident 34.45 — 37.00
  • Renewing Tenancy Agreement 37.05 — 39.45
  • Smoking nuisance by neighbour 39.55 — 40.55

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What our clients say about us:

  • “All very satisfactory, efficient and approachable. We now look upon Thomas Dunton as our solicitors”.

  • “Extremely satisfied with the service that you have provided. We will be recommending Thomas Dunton to our family and friends”. 

  • “Great patience and great deal of thought to ensure our Will achieved our complicated requirements. Thank you”.

  • “I found the staff I dealt with professional, practical and patient…helping to clarify matters and enabling me to take better informed decisions”.

  • “Wonderful and understanding of my circumstances. Guided me through the process and presented all the options in a way that I could understand”.

  • “Thank you for all your hard work. You have been amazing. I will forever be thankful that you were my solicitor”.

  • “The service was exceptional —  friendly, welcoming and sympathetic. I do not think that I could have received a better service anywhere else”

  • “I have no words to express my gratitude to your amazing work and patience”.

  • Thank you very much for the courtesy, care and efficiency which we have received from you and everyone we have dealt with at Thomas Dunton.  We made a good choice when deciding to go with yourselves!

  • Thank you so much for all your help for my family and I.  I am so very  grateful.  You’re  my little Christmas angels. December 2015

  • What you all do for people is amazing. You should all be proud of yourselves for putting a little bit of light back in my life and I’m most certain that of others. December 2015

  • “Vernon Hadida is by far the best solicitor I have ever dealt with.”

  • “Extremely satisfied with the service which I considered excellent value for money.”

  • “I was very happy with the service. I was always able to speak to somebody that could help me when I telephoned.”

  • “Thank you for all your work on my claim. I am extremely grateful for your assistance.”

  • “Thomas Dunton exceeded my expectations in terms of both service quality and value for money.”