Good news for private renters

As of the 1st June, the Tenant’s Fees Act means that landlords and letting agents can no longer charge for additional fees when tenants are renting privately. We are a nation of renters, with an estimated 4.5 million privately rented households in England. It means that fees for contracts, renewal contracts, viewing fees and credit […]

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Cleaner wins high court battle to overturn her late employer’s Will

A cleaner, who provided domestic help and also a worked as a carer for her employer, before his death in 2015 has won her legal battle to overturn his Will. After being estranged from his family in 2013, the deceased amended his Will, leaving most of his estate to the cleaner. A few days before […]

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Legal Secretary Required – Full time

We are looking for a highly organised legal secretary to work full time in our conveyancing department. You will be managing the administration of client matters, having excellent IT and typing skills. Please contact Alison Routley, Office Manager on 01689 822554 or email recruitment@thomasdunton.co.uk if you would like to apply for this role, or if […]

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A rise in single parent adoption – ‘The Jolie effect’

Analysis of Office of National Statistics and family court data has shown a rise in the adoption of children by single parents. Figures for 2018 showed that 962 children were adopted by single parents, an increase of 58 on the previous year. The research was carried out by Wilsons, a private client law firm. The […]

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We have passed our Lexcel Audit 2019

We have passed our Lexcel Audit! This is the Law Society‘s quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care. Please click here to find out more information on the audit. We think it says a lot about our continued commitment to our client care. The report said that: ‘Thomas Dunton solicitors are […]

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Increase in the number of women losing their job whilst on maternity leave

Research has shown that there has been an increase in the number of women who have seen their hours reduced when they return to work after having a baby or have been made redundant whilst on maternity leave. The research by Direct Line Insurance, also found that employers were using more ‘gagging orders’ to protect […]

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A DNA test proves the rightful owner of country estate

Jordan Adlard Rogers has won his battle to prove he is the rightful heir to his father’s estate after taking out a DNA test after Charles Roger’s death. He long suspected that he was the son of Charles Rogers and had previously asked for a DNA test, but had received no response. Charles Rogers died […]

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Our new Business Newsletter is now available to download

Business Newsletter  If you are running your own business, take a few minutes to read our informative newsletter on different aspects of the law which may affect you. If you would like to receive our newsletters on a regular basis, or wish to attend our events, please submit the form opposite.  

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Join us next Tuesday (21st May) for our talk on Wills, Inheritance Tax and Lasting Powers of Attorney

Come along next Tuesday (21st May) to our FREE talk on Wills, Inheritance Tax and Lasting Powers of Attorney at Orpington Library. The talk starts at 11am and lasts for 60 minutes. We will be discussing the merits of a Will, how to protect your family assets against inheritance tax and lasting powers of attorney. […]

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Delay in processing probate applications means grieving families are waiting longer

Probate registry offices, dealing with a backlog of applications, means that families are waiting up to 12 weeks to access their loved ones’ finances. The delay in processing cases is owing to an increase in applications ahead of the rise in fees, and the advent of a new digital application process that is suffering glitches. […]

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