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Our services and why we are different

Conveyancing

We don’t cut corners

An individual, qualified, professional property lawyer will deal thoroughly and carefully with your legal work. It is essential you have a specialist working for you to protect your investment and ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Although we recognise cost is important to our clients, we won’t compromise the quality of our service by cutting costs to the minimum, perhaps by taking less individual care, or having non-qualified staff do the work in an automated way.

You will know the name of the lawyer handling your case and that of their secretary, and one or the other will always be available to answer your questions.

We are members of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means that we meet the high standards that the Law Society requires when providing conveyancing services.

We do not expect you to log on to our website to find out what is happening with your transaction — we encourage you to keep in contact through telephone or email.

We will keep you regularly informed, especially when some delay occurs beyond your or our control — this is all part of our normal service, without any extra charge.

We will be happy to provide you with a free estimate of your costs which will include all the normal fees associated with the sale or purchase of a property. Estimates between firms can vary and we would advise that you always confirm what services and fees are included.

For more information or a free estimate and advice, please contact us on Freephone 0800 371219, email quote@thomasdunton.co.uk

 

 

Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney

We help you to plan for situations that you may not have considered.

A Will ensures that, on your death, your estate passes to those people whom you want to benefit. A Solicitor will personally advise you on the preparation of your Will to include tax planning, trusts and guardians for your children when appropriate.

We will prepare all the necessary papers to apply for a “Grant of probate” or “Letters of administration”, collect any assets and distribute them according to the Will or if there is no Will, under the Rules of Intestacy.

A Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to appoint people of your choice to manage your finances and care without them having to make a costly application to Court if you lose capacity. It will also avoid them having to file detailed financial accounts at Court each year. We will be pleased to discuss and advise you about LPAs.

Using our years of experience and listening carefully to your needs, we can advise and help to plan for situations that you may not have considered, thus ensuring that your estate is protected and eventually passed on to those you wish to inherit.

For more information, please contact us on 01689 822554, email wills@thomasdunton.co.uk

 

Business services

Helping both new and established businesses

Our experts in contract and commercial law, leasing, landlord and tenant matters, debt collection and insolvency, will handle all aspects of the matter. Find out here why a solicitor can help a business grow.

Please contact us to discuss our services, including:

  • Property transactions;
  • Company sales and purchases;
  • Business start-ups;
  • Legal audits;
  • Employer/employee issues;
  • Data protection;
  • Debt collection;
  • Contractual matters.

Our expanding Commercial Department assists both new and established businesses.

Free initial interviews are provided for certain types of work including our free half hour “Legal health Check”. Click here for more details.

For more information and advice, please contact us on 01689 822554, email business@thomasdunton.co.uk

 

Employment

Personal and creative help to resolve issues.

Helping to protect and advance your position whether employer or employee, with personal and creative help to resolve issues and looking at practicalities as well as the law.

Our team of specialist lawyers can advise both Employers and Employees on all kinds of employment issues. These include redundancy, dismissals, grievances, preparation of documentation such as employment contracts and guidance on the implement of procedures and regulations.

Please call us for our free Pocket Employment Guide containing key Employment Law facts and figures for 2013. Please click here for more details.

For more information about the services we offer, please contact us on Freephone 0800 3582757, email employment@thomasdunton.co.uk

 

Family relationship & children services

We aim to avoid court action unless unavoidable

Thomas Dunton’s accredited and specialist Family Law team offers you a bespoke, personalised service, tailored to your  individual circumstances. Representation is provided on all legal issues arising from a family or relationship breakdown, particularly in connection with finances and the division of assets on separation or divorce, or where children are involved.

Rather than take immediate court action, we aim, if possible by encouraging discussion, to resolve issues by negotiation and mediation. In doing so we hope to save you money and preserve relationships as far as possible. In addition, we have years of experience rigorously pursuing full court litigation when the circumstances require it.

We can provide sensitive advice in all areas, including Divorce, Separation, Finance and Children.

For more information and advice, please contact us on 01689 822554, email family@thomasdunton.co.uk

 

Personal Injury

We don’t represent insurance companies and don’t employ middle men —  our first  and only priority is to our clients.

If you have suffered an injury, perhaps a road traffic accident, an accident at work or elsewhere, or if you have a work related disease, you may have a claim.

We offer you a free one hour first interview where we can assess your case, advise you if you have a valid claim and discuss funding options which include “No win, no fee”.

With a personal injury, being able to meet your Solicitor face to face is important. They are able to see your injuries first-hand and the effect they have on you as a person.

At Thomas Dunton we have the experience to recover just compensation for clients whose injuries range from broken bones to brain injury.

As well as damages, compensation may cover rehabilitation, adaptations to your home, medical treatment and loss of pay.

We will ensure your claim is dealt with thoroughly and efficiently to provide the best possible outcome to get you back on track.

Please click here to visit our dedicated Personal Injury website.

For more information and advice, please contact us on Freephone 0800 146340, email accident@thomasdunton.co.uk

 

 

Mediation services

Mediation encourages reasoned discussion

Where Court litigation deals in confrontation and argument, mediation encourages reasoned discussion. A skilled mediator can help you establish communication even where it has completely broken down.

Whether in business or in a personal relationship the benefits can often include savings in emotional stress, time and cost.

Even the most strained relationships can sometimes be restored and preserved, or at least brought to a close on a more respectful basis.

By looking for creative solutions and using a full range of alternatives, where possible we aim to help you avoid court litigation by means of negotiation and mediation

For more information and advice, please contact us on 01689 822554, email mediation@thomasdunton.co.uk

 

Dispute Resolution

Less traumatic and more effective solutions

Though most of us would rather avoid a dispute, sometimes it’s just not possible. That’s when you need specialist advice, both about the strength of your argument, and how best to resolve the issue.

We can help you to choose the right course of action. Taking your matter to Court is still an option but alternative routes like mediation and negotiation can be less traumatic and more effective than the Courtroom in solving disagreements.

We can assist in a full range of disputes including:

  • Commercial matters;
  • Land and property;
  • Tenancy and repossession;
  • Employment;
  • Consumer rights and travel;
  • Neighbour disputes and nuisance claims;
  • Insurance claims;
  • Debt and insolvency;
  • Inheritance, trusts and probate;
  • Building and other contractual disputes.

For more information, please contact us on 01689 822554 or email dispute@thomasdunton.co.uk

What our clients say about us:

  • “We have both been impressed with Catherine’s diligent and thorough conveyancing, highlighting issues with the property that had been missed during the previous sale, so we are both very happy with our choice of solicitors!

    We’d be delighted to use Thomas Dunton again.”

  • “Catherine Westcott truly helped us beyond her duty and was always there for us, going that extra mile made all the difference”.

  • “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“.

  • “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”

  • “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”

  • “The firm give their clients very detailed and clear advice in plain English.”

  • “Extremely friendly, did not feel that anything was too much trouble”.

  • “I received a very prompt, professional and caring service from you at a very sad and distressing time”.

     

  • Dear Lisa, Maria and Tessa,

    Thank you all for your amazing support throughout last year. It really was a hideous experience, but every time I got to the point I couldn’t breathe and I spoke to one of you, I felt instantly strong again. You really are a fabulous team.

    When Margaret left, I was really worried, but Maria you picked up the baton and ran with it brilliantly. Then when Maria you obviously had to put your own family first, Tessa picked up the baton and just kept running for me. Lisa you made me giggle and reassured me whenever I was about to cry or hide in a cupboard, often picking up the phone to check I was ok – so very kind. Crackerjack will now forever remind me of you!

    I will recommend you to any of my friends who decide they need to take this brave step. You are simply the best. I hope you all enjoy your acorns, and remind you of how much you’ve helped people like me get out of unhappy situations. As they say, from acorns mighty oaks grow.

    Many thanks to you all,

    I kind of miss you!!

  • “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.”