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 are now into our 5th season of free legal talks at Orpington Library. These highly successful talks provide essential free advice on subjects that everyone should be aware of. We will be discussing:
The Government’s new Inheritance Tax proposals.
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.
Dates for the remaining talks in Spring/Summer are:
May 17th June 21st July 19th
The talks will start again in September after a short break, please watch our website and local advertising for details.
Each talk starts at 11am and lasts approximately one hour including questions.
Please join us for our free informal talks where you can ask questions on related legal matters with no obligation.
There is no need to book, just call in on the day.
New Government rules in Inheritance Tax (IHT)
Can you really leave £1000,000 tax free ?
Please click here for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
April 18, 2016
Free legal talk on 17th May at Orpington Library
Protecting your family assets Our next talk at Orpington Library is on Tuesday 17th May 11am. There is no need to book, just call in on the day but you may telephone us on 01689 822554... (continue reading)
What do you know about Inheritance Tax
What can you and can’t you do to protect your assets. Read the facts on line or call for our free leaflet. Facts about Inheritance Tax (continue reading)
When their regular legal expert was unable to take questions on LBC 97.3’s weekly live phone-in programme “The Legal Hour”, their chosen replacement was one of our Senior Partners, Vernon Hadida. 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 this week 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