Rise in Medical Negligence payouts

Our Personal Injury team report that NHS trusts in London paid a total of £172m in damages to patients last year, an £8m rise on the previous year. This figure, obtained by the Evening Standard from the NHS Litigation Authority, represents payouts for medical negligence including cases where patients have died because of blunders by hospital staff. It also […]

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Dates of FREE legal talks announced

Thomas Dunton will be giving free legal talks and advice on the following dates: Tuesday 24th September 11am at Orpington Library — “Planning for the future” where we will discuss Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Inheritance Tax and Care Home Fees.  After the talk, we will remain at the Library to advise you on any […]

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Over 60s divorcing hits 40 year high.

Tessa Bengo, head of the Family team at Thomas Dunton reports that according to figures from the ONS, the number of over-60s divorcing their partners has hit a 40-year high. “Silver splitter” divorces are continuing to rise at a time when the overall number of marriage failures is in decline. Unlike other age groups where […]

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Half of home buyers in the South pay higher rate Stamp Duty

Our Conveyancing team report that property experts have warned that stamp duty is becoming the “tax on the South” after figures showed that half of homebuyers in the South East are being forced to pay the higher rate. A report by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, analysing returns from the Land Registry, concluded that ordinary families were […]

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Landmark ruling for pensions

Melanie Dunton at Thomas Dunton reports that The Supreme Court, in a landmark case, has ruled that thousands of members of the Lehman Brothers and Nortel pension schemes had a fair claim on the collapsed companies’ assets, but should not be handed priority over other unsecured creditors. The outcome was hailed by experts and those […]

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Goverment’s “Help to Buy” scheme is working

Melanie Dunton, head of the Conveyancing team at Thomas Dunton, reports that the Government’s Help to Buy scheme has subsidised 1.3bn of house purchases in the past four months. Nearly 7,000 new-build homes have been reserved through the scheme since its launch in April by George Osborne as a centrepiece of the chancellor’s 2013 budget […]

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Moves to reclaim powers from EU

Moves to wrest back justice and home affairs powers from Brussels are expected to be announced tomorrow, it emerged yesterday. Home Secretary Theresa May is set to confirm that Britain will use its right under European Union rules to opt out of all 133 European justice powers by next June. Under the regulations, the UK […]

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Mortgage lending highest since 2008

The Conveyancing Department at Thomas Dunton report that figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have revealed that mortgage lending last month surged to its highest level since October 2008. The CML recorded gross mortgage lending of £14.7bn in May, up 21% on the previous month and 17% higher than May 2012. The boom […]

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Whiplash claims increase every motor insurance policy by £50

The Personal Injury Department at Thomas Dunton reports that the UK will be “the whiplash capital of the world” until the Government clamps down on the 1,500 claims made daily. This is what the Association of British Insurers (ABI) told a parliamentary inquiry and that the cost of car insurance would fall if the Government set […]

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Thomas Dunton are out and about this week

We will be out meeting the public twice this week . On Tuesday 18th we will be at Orpington library where Linda Charman will be giving a free talk on “Planning for the future”. It starts at 11am and will cover Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Inheritance Tax. It lasts for half an hour and we will […]

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