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Blanchards Bailey LLP
DT11 9LQ

Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire Tier 2

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

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

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

Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire Tier 3

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


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

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire Tier 3

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 leaderSarah Heath, who acts for both landowners and developers on large-scale development projects, including those involving greenfield and brownfield sites. The 'very capableStacey Brooker joined from Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Heath

Other key lawyers:


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

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

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


‘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’

Family Tier 3

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

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

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


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

Blanchards Bailey acts for many of the largest and most successful owner-managed and family-owned businesses both in Dorset and in the surrounding counties of Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. The firm also attracts clients from London and other major conurbations.

We are known for having specialists within areas of the law and business sectors, and for providing an excellent proactive service to our clients. We provide practical and clear advice in a friendly and approachable manner.

We were ranked in the Legal 500 2018/2019 in the areas of Employment, Commercial Property, Commercial Litigation, Agriculture & Estates, Contentious Trusts & Probate, Family, and Personal Tax Trusts & Probate.  Several of our lawyers are individually recommended including all of the firm’s Partners.

At the 2019 Dorset Legal Awards we were a finalist in six team categories and won Law Firm of the Year (under 99 employees), Company & Commercial Team of the Year and Private Client Team of the Year.

Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ian Campbell  photo Mr Ian Campbell Principal Wills and Estate Planning
Mr Jerome Dodge  photo Mr Jerome Dodge Principal Wills and Estate Planning
Mr Paul Dunlop  photo Mr Paul Dunlop Principal Head of Litigation and Disputes
Mr Alan Horne  photo Mr Alan Horne Principal Head of Residential Conveyancing