The TUC calls for more bank holidays!

Hot on the heels of Monday’s bank holiday, the TUC are calling on the government to increase the number of bank holidays in England and Wales. We currently enjoy eight bank holidays, but this is fewer than other EU countries who have an average of 12. Ideally, the TUC would like another bank holiday between […]

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It’s always nice to be recognised for a job well done!

One of our Conveyancing team received this review in our Client Satisfaction Survey: “Catherine Westcott was excellent, both professionally and in her manner – gold star!’ Well done Catherine!

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We’re Hiring!

If you are a qualified Conveyancing and/or Commercial Property Lawyer and looking for your next challenge. Get in touch: https://www.thomasduntonsolicitors.co.uk/about-us/careers/  

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Employers hesitant to employ women who may be considering having a child

A survey by YouGov has revealed that one in eight employers confessed that they would be reluctant to hire a women who they thought may have children. It is however, illegal to discriminate against an individual on this basis. The survey, on behalf of the Young Women’s Trust, interviewed 800 HR personnel. If you feel […]

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Are you entitled to a partial refund on your LPA application fee?

Did you pay an application fee for a lasting power of attorney (LPA) between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017? If you did, you may be due a partial refund. The Government error means that anyone who paid to establish power of attorney during that period is entitled to up to a £54 refund […]

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The ups and downs of the property market in August

Figures from Rightmove House Price Index show property asking prices fell by 1% in the month of August. This is owing to August being a quieter time of the year.  But with the Brexit deadline looming it seems that house buyers are looking for a deal with an increase in agreed sales up by 6.1%  […]

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An uplifting comment from a client

Here at Thomas Dunton, all our staff have attended Dementia Friends’ sessions and we are Dementia Friends. It helps us understand that there is more to the person than dementia. This was echoed in this recent comment from a client: “There was a very good understanding of dementia shown by staff who were very kind.” […]

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Increase in criminal proceedings against care homes

The health watchdog, The Care Quality Commission‘s annual report shows an increase in ‘criminal enforcement action’ of 10% compared with the previous year. The action is taken when there is a ‘serious risk to a person’s life, heath or wellbeing’ despite repeated warnings. The report shows that actions where taken against 159 care homes in […]

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95 year old law helps end ‘extraordinary’ court battle

The extraordinary court battle between two stepsisters has finally been resolved by applying a 95 year old law. Mr & Mrs Scarle were both found dead in their bungalow in 2016, and consequently a dispute arose between the two stepsisters over the couple’s £300,000 assets. The case was taken to the High Court and the […]

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Home repossessions highest since 2014

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that 6,179 homes were repossessed in the three months to June. This is the highest level since 2014 and an increase of nearly 40% when compared with the same period last year.  

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