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Blanchards Bailey LLP

BUNBURY HOUSE, STOUR PARK, BLANDFORD FORUM, DORSET, DT11 9LQ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01258 459361
Email:
Web:
www.blanchardsbailey.co.uk
Blandford Forum (Shaftesbury), Shaftesbury, Weymouth, Weymouth (Dorchester)

South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 3

Blanchards Bailey LLP

Blanchards Bailey LLP primarily acts for owner-managed and family-owned businesses in the local Dorset area. Key specialist areas include contentious construction, manufacturing and residential property matters. The firm also handles professional negligence claims and contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):Paul Dunlop

Testimonials

'Claire Southway was professional and gave good advice that was in our interest'

'We were new customers to this practice and found all dealings to be very professional'

Key Clients

Spirit Circuits Limited

Vanessa Taylor

CMS Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended a local SME construction firm against a breach of contract claim worth £35,000.
  • Acting for Spirit Circuits Limited, both as the defendant and claimant, in contractual disputes relating to allegedly defective products and trade finance facilities.
  • Represented a residential property agent in defence against claim brought by a landlord for an alleged breach of contract .
  • Acted for a client in pursuing a breach of contract claim against an eCommerce company.
  • Representing a construction company in a breach of contract dispute against a sub-contractor over incomplete works.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 2

Blanchards Bailey LLP

The employment team at Blanchards Bailey LLP acts for owner-managed and family-owned businesses located in Dorset and the surrounding counties, as well as in London. Its work includes contentious unfair dismissals, disability discrimination claims and advice to employers on employment strategy and dismissal procedures. Paul Dunlop is experienced in tribunal cases.

Practice head(s):Paul Dunlop

Other key lawyers:Edward O’Brien

Key Clients

Hall & Woodhouse Limited

Pitmans Removals and Storage Limited

Tara Ross

S & N Group Properties Limited

Simon John Christopher Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a local accountant client on a review and restructure of staff contracts and handbooks.
  • Advised a client on the due diligence associated with a share purchase to acquire a controlling stake in the company that he was employed by, as well as a subsequent contentious unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim.
  • Provided local charity with advice on dismissing a malicious employee, as well as regular HR consultancy services.
  • Provided client with employment advice on TUPE obligations relating to an acquisition.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Blanchards Bailey LLP

Blanchards Bailey LLP advises clients on agricultural business law, land development and renewable energy investments. The practice also drafts and negotiates tenancy and partnership agreements, which involves assistance with the establishment and dissolution of farm partnerships and trust. The firm is also experienced in handling contractual disputes. Key clients involve farming individuals and families, rural business and landowners.

Practice head(s):Paul Dunlop

Work highlights

  • Advising on a £1m claim of donation mortis causa.
  • Advised on estate planning, including on succession planning, the sale of land and making gifts to charity.
  • Advising on the dissolution of farm partnership and trust deed dispute.
  • Advised in respect to agricultural land sold for redevelopment to a housebuilder subject to significant overage
  • Advised on the refinancing of a farm

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Blanchards Bailey LLP

Blanchards Bailey LLP advises on Court of Protection claims and contentious probate and trusts work. The firm is also experienced in handling matters relating to the validity of wills, deathbed gifts, undue influence on vulnerable and elderly clients, as well as on matters that involve breach of trust and inheritance act claims. Another focus is disputes affecting rural businesses, including property and contract disputes.

Practice head(s):Paul Dunlop

Other key lawyers:Lucy Mignot

Testimonials

'The team is always approachable, helpful and proactive. It prepares mediation bundles thoroughly and comprehensively. The practice is a pleasure to work with. Paul Dunlop reflects this approach'

Work highlights

  • Acting on the removal of another trustee and his eviction from a deteriorating property.
  • Advising against a reasonable provision claim brought by a spouse.
  • Advising on a £1m claim in relation to the administration of an estate, which involves professional negligence proceedings against the client’s former solicitors.
  • Advising on a proprietary estoppel claim and an Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim.
  • Representing in a dispute against the validity of the client’s late mother’s will and a claim of undue influence.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Blanchards Bailey LLP

Blanchards Bailey LLP is experienced in drafting and negotiating pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements and has expertise in dealing with divorce proceedings, relationship breakdown, financial matters and private children law matters. The team also advises on the rights of grandparents as well as on the implementation and dismissal of Child Arrangement Orders. Another area of expertise is the relocation and removal of children from their domicile, which regularly involves cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):Clare Cherry; Laura Martin

Work highlights

  • Applied for contact with a grandchild
  • Advised on the dismissal of the father’s application for a Child Arrangement Order
  • Advising on a divorce proceeding and a £1.5m financial claim involving a family business
  • Acted as mediators on financial matters arising from separation
  • Advised on the protection of future inheritance

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Blanchards Bailey LLP

Blanchards Bailey LLP provides estate planning and tax advice, is experienced in probate and estate administration, and manages client affairs through powers of attorney, deputyship orders and trusts. The firm also assists vulnerable and elderly clients with the protection of assets from high care home fees. Other clients involve high-net-worth individuals, business owners and farmers, who the firm regularly advises on tax and pension planning and equity release schemes.

Practice head(s):Jerome Dodge

Other key lawyers:Ian Campbell; Emma Needham; Rachel Pullen; Meggie Crane

Testimonials

Blanchards Bailey is always polite, helpful and easy to work with

They are always quick to reply to any communications

The staff is always helpful and very friendly and professional. The team goes out of its way to provide clear and understandable information, it does not talk legal jargon

Very knowledgeable and professional staff

Best in terms of personal attention, a quick response time and very good professional advice

The team has a diverse mix of people with a large variety of skills and treats its client with respect and approaches matter with a rational calm mind

The team reaches good conclusions with a minimum of fuss and delay

In a time of grief, the team gave great comfort to know that the complicated details were being dealt with

Jerome Dodge - always helpful and full of knowledge

Jerome Dodge’s advice aspires absolute confidence in the administration of the client’s affairs

Meggie Crane was extremely understanding and very professional at the same time. She is an asset to Blanchards Bailey

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 3

Blanchards Bailey LLP

Blanchards Bailey LLP's team has experience of property mandates involving the healthcare, agriculture, hospitality, social housing and retail industries. It also features prominently in agriculture sector matters. The department is led by 'strong and very committed leader' Sarah Heath, who acts for both landowners and developers on large-scale development projects, including those involving greenfield and brownfield sites. The 'very capable' Stacey Brooker joined from Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):Sarah Heath

Other key lawyers:Stacey Brooker

Testimonials

An experienced and well-staffed team offering good value services in connection to all aspects of property conveyancing, leasing, management and other contractual matters

A strong backing team at more junior level

Several factors distinguish the team from others on the local market: its experience, practicality, understanding of commercial property transactions, and fair value for money

Sarah Heath is a very capable head of the department, who has great knowledge and is also very strong in handling complex contractual negotiations

Work highlights

  • Assisted a property development consultancy with the acquisition of a part of a brownfield site for residential redevelopment.
  • Advised a property development consultancy on the proposed acquisition of a group of companies from a private equity fund which comprises a portfolio of 108 commercial property sites.

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