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Blanchards Bailey LLP
DT11 9LQ

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Rural Dorset-based Blanchards Bailey LLP has a strong local client base of farming families, rural landowners and businesses. The range of work done by the department extends from land development and renewable energy matters to partnerships and commercial contracts. Practice head Paul Dunlop has expertise in land, boundary and partnership disputes.

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Farwell Property Investments Limited

Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 3

Blanchards Bailey LLP's dispute resolution practice is a popular choice for owner-managed and family-owned businesses in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, particularly for construction, manufacturing and residential property disputes. Practice head Paul Dunlop specialises in commercial agricultural and partnership claims.

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The team is managed by one of the senior partners Paul Dunlop. Fortunately we have not had reason to call on their services very often but when we do we get a timely response, valued advice and swift action as appropriate. We also receive the close attention of Paul Dunlop irrespective of who in his team is dealing with the particular matter.

Blanchards Bailey have been our solicitors for the last 2 years. They are very professional, courteous, friendly, and are always on hand to assist with simple queries all the way through to large scale legal support.

Paul Dunlop – senior partner – is highly experienced and definitive in his advice and guidance.  We benefit from his personal contact and management of the case.

Everyone we speak to at the business is fully knowledgeable on all aspects of their chosen field of legal expertise. All enquiries are dealt with very swiftly and we are always confident that they will provide us with the answers to any questions we may have in a very short space of time.

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Surplus Trade Supplies Limited

Druce & Co

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Blanchards Bailey LLP has a strong reputation in Dorset, and has experience dealing with a range of contentious trusts and probate matters. Paul Dunlop, who heads up the firm's dispute resolution practice, advises on areas including deathbed gifts, undue influence, breach of trust and Inheritance Act 1975 claims.

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Paul Dunlop is an experienced and skilled lawyer.

Lucy Mignot is superb. Humorous, focused, empathetic and dogged. She wasted no time but was always available for phone calls. We always have had the impression she is on our side. Her reports are clear and comprehensive and we are left with no doubts about the next steps we can take.

Client care, particularly in sensitive matters, is exceptional.

Lucy Mignot is knowledgable.

Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 3

From its base in greater Dorset, Blanchards Bailey LLP acts for family-run and owner-managed businesses across the South West. Practice head Paul Dunlop, who is based in the Blandford Forum office, has deep experience of litigation, which includes employment-related matters. The firm also offers HR support to its smaller clients, which benefit from Jane Eldridge's specialist knowledge in this area. The team's key areas of strength include the education, religious and healthcare sectors.

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My contact has primarily been with the HR Department and the advice and service that we as a company have received has been excellent, both in writing and during conversations. The company always responds very quickly to any requests and we have found it has been essential to be able to discuss any HR problems with a firm who have extremely qualified and capable personnel who are able to advise us on some very complicated issues.

My main contact has been Mrs Jane Eldridge, who has proved to be an excellent communicator and able to get to the heart of any issue very swiftly and provide the necessary and relevant advice. She has helped to redraft our Staff Handbook and Statement of Terms and Conditions of employment very efficiently and effectively and with her advice we have covered items that we would not have thought of. She has also provided timely assistance with updating these documents as required by current legislation. I have felt very privileged to have been able to deal with Jane over the past few years and know that I can always call on her to assist with any HR issues we have.

Jane Eldridge is the standout professional for us, providing robust, reliable, up to date advice and guidance of the highest quality.

Key clients

Chafyn Grove School

Corfe Mullen Baptist Church

Inkspace Limited

Matrod Frampton Limited

Simon John Christopher Limited

The Property Ombudsman

Prime Design Projects Limited

Damien Lewis

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Blanchards Bailey LLP remains a dominant presence in rural Dorset, and acts for many of the largest owner-managed and family-owned businesses in the surrounding areas. The private client department, based in Blandford Forum and headed up by Jerome Dodge, stands out in particular for its strong local client base and estate planning and tax advice.

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Blanchards Bailey are an incredible team of people and my favourite law firm to deal with. Their strength is the combination of knowledge and personal touch.

They put you at ease and explain everything in great detail and check that you understand exactly what will happen next. They don’t use legal jargon, but plain English.

Blanchards Bailey are a rural practice, they are well connected with the local community and take the trouble to get to know clients in order to support their needs. They have good legal knowledge but don’t hide behind it as experts, instead seeking to simplify and clarify complex decisions.

Jerome Dodge continues to provide excellent service when dealing with our family affairs. Always ready to make himself available with the minimum delay and to provide clear and sound advice.

Linda Hardy at Blanchards Bailey has been exceptional. Very professional, easy to communicate with and deals with everything and cares about what she does to the highest standard.

I think this practice is unique because they are able to cover all aspects of an individual’s requirements with the staff that they have in a very professional and positive manner, giving the client reassurance that they are getting a good service and value for money.

Their strengths as I see them are availability for advice, attention to detail and speed of return on queries. On the whole it’s just an excellent service by people that care and have a deep knowledge of their respective fields, always given in a polite, straightforward, understandable way.

Jerome Dodge is totally dependable and discreet. He always remembers our specific background and details when approached and new tasks are quickly addressed and turned around.

Family Tier 4

Blanchards Bailey LLP has a particularly strong client base in rural Dorset. The family team is the first port of call for army personnel in the region for its expertise in matters involving army pensions. Following the departure of Clare Cherry to Williams Thompson, associate Laura Martin heads up the department from Blandford Forum.

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They always give 100% to try and resolve matters in a very professional way. The team was amazing.

Blanchards Bailey LLP offer a personable, friendly yet professional service. Their advice is honest and comes from the head but closely backed by the heart. In the family practice this is really important as they are dealing with real family situations. The team can seek advice from other departments within Blanchards Bailey to clarify matters and this helps to speed the process up.

Laura is hardworking and conscientious. She really cares about her clients and is an excellent lawyer as well as an efficient and capable mediator who is dedicated to finding solutions that work for her individual clients.

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