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Blanchards Bailey LLP

BUNBURY HOUSE, STOUR PARK, BLANDFORD FORUM, DORSET, DT11 9LQ, ENGLAND
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Work 01258 459361
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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

At Blanchards Bailey LLP, clients can rest assured that they will be ‘dealing with individual professionals and not just a large faceless firm’. The litigation team specialises in acting for individuals and owner-managed business, and is especially active in the agricultural sector. Paul Dunlop heads the department and is representing a company in a compensation claim for breach of contract in relation to the installation of a piece of business-critical equipment. Having recently joined the team from Porter Dodson LLP, associate Ben Jones acted for a client in a dispute regarding damage sustained to the client’s goods, while in the possession of a haulage and storage company; the matter was complicated by the lack of a formal written contract between the two parties. Solicitor Edward O’Brien is another contact in the department.

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South West: Human resources

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

Blanchards Bailey LLP

Blanchards Bailey LLP provides an ‘excellent overall level of service’ with ‘quick response times and invaluable advice’. It advises on issues related to whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, TUPE, employment contracts, and discretionary commission payments, and represents clients at employment tribunals and the County Court. Highlights included providing advice to a consumer protection organisation with regards to long-term sickness, evaluation appeals, employment contracts, health and safety, and employee wellbeing. In another highlight the department represented a manager from a housing association who was unfairly dismissed for gross misconduct; the firm acted for the client at her disciplinary hearing and then her appeal hearing which was successful and led to her reinstatement. Paul Dunlop heads the practice and is supported by Edward O'Brien, who is noted for his ‘sound knowledge’.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Blanchards Bailey LLP

Paul Dunlop heads up the practice at Blanchards Bailey LLP. Jerome Dodge and senior associate Ian Campbell regularly advise farming clients and landowners on estate planning and succession matters; recent work includes advising a Dorset-based farming family on agricultural property relief and business property relief. Lisa Holden specialises in drafting prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements for rural clients. Alan Horne specialises in rural conveyancing transactions, along with solicitor Carla Phillips.

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

Blanchards Bailey LLP

Blanchards Bailey LLP provides a ‘generally good’ contentious trusts practice. Team head Paul Dunlop works from both the Blandford and Dorchester offices and specialises in agricultural succession planning. Solicitor Lucy Mignot  has particular experience in Court of Protection matters and disputes relating to ‘deathbed wills’. The ‘very efficient, knowledgeable’ and ‘very personable’ head of wills and estate planning Jerome Dodge sometimes works with the contentious trusts and probate team, advising on discrete elements of trusts law, the duties of executors and trustees and the dissolution of trusts or transfer of trust assets upon settlement. Ben Jones , a specialist in property-based disputes, joined as an associate in 2017 from Porter Dodson LLP.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Blanchards Bailey LLP

The team at Blanchards Bailey LLP is ‘very compassionate’, providing ‘excellent and tailored’ legal advice. The department has a niche military families' service, which represents and advises army personnel at Bovington Army Camp, and acts as sole licensed firm at Blandford Camp. Associate Clare Cherry has ‘an excellent working relationship’ with clients and has expertise is cross-border marital issues. 'Professional and sympathetic' associate Laura Martin specialises in prenuptial and cohabitation agreements. Former practice head Lisa Holden  left to head the family team at Bonallack & Bishop.

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

Blanchards Bailey LLP

The team at Blanchards Bailey LLP is ‘extremely professional' and also has 'friendly and personal communication skills’. Head of department Jerome Dodge is ‘extremely friendly and approachable whilst giving sound advice’, and recently led on a £15m complex tax planning matter. Ian Campbell joined as a senior associate from Coles Miller Solicitors LLP in March 2017; his recent work includes establishing a lifetime discretionary trust, and advising a Dorset farming family on agricultural and business property relief worth £2.5m.

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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 has ‘a well-established commercial property group’, which focuses on agricultural land transactions, residential development and commercial investment property. Following the retirement of Mike Herbert, the team is now headed by Sarah Heath, who is instructed by corporates and developers in real estate and development site transactions and has also advised a high-net-worth individual in a multimillion-pound sale of a freehold property in London. Melanie Harrison is a consultant in the practice group. The team has also handled commercial letting agreements.

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