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Blanchards Bailey LLP

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Blandford Forum (Shaftesbury), Shaftesbury, Weymouth, Weymouth (Dorchester)

Paul Dunlop

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Blanchards Bailey LLP


Principal Head of Litigation and Disputes


Paul is a principal of the firm, the Head of Litigation and Disputes and the head of the agriculture team. He has experience and expertise in all civil litigation matters, such as issuing court proceedings, mediation, arbitration, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, issuing insolvency proceedings and enforcement of Judgments. He advises clients on contract disputes, negligence claims, debt recovery, nuisance claims, boundary disputes, building disputes, Consumer Rights Act claims and specialises in landlord and tenant disputes and Probate and Inheritance Act claims. He is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and the Country Land and Business Association.

South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire

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

Within: Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire

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

Within: Agriculture and estates

Paul Dunlop heads up the practice at Blanchards Bailey LLPJerome 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

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

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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