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Dutton Gregory LLP
South West

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Dutton Gregory LLP is experienced in handling litigations and claims arising from vascular injury, negligent nursing care, dental injuries, the delayed treatment of cancer, as well as the negligent treatment of cancer. The firm has also expertise in handling cases relating to head injuries, amputations, spinal injuries and cerebral palsy. Another significant area of expertise is stillbirth and birth injury cases.

Dutton Gregory is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. The practice has grown substantially over the years, and now employs 125 staff in its locations throughout Dorset and Hampshire. From a predominantly private client start, the firm now boasts a 50/50 split between private client work and corporate work.

The firm: Dutton Gregory was founded in 1947 and around that time was known predominantly as a high-street practice, based in Winchester and surrounding areas (Alresford, Chandler’s Ford and Eastleigh). In 2002 the firm merged with Andrew Isaacs in Dorset to create Dutton Gregory’s first Bournemouth office. It then increased its presence in Winchester with further mergers with Mackamess & Lunt (2004) and Egglestones (2008). By this time the firm had strengthened its corporate offering and was well-respected in the commercial property sector. In 2006 Dutton Gregory took over Bell Pope in Southampton and moved into its Southampton premises.

Most recently Dutton Gregory merged with RWPS in Poole, creating a second office for Dutton Gregory in Dorset and strengthening the commercial property offering in that county. 2017 saw Dutton Gregory opening new offices in Chandler’s Ford and bringing together its Hampshire corporate teams. This enables the firm to offer a ‘one-stop shop’ to its growing base of business clients.

Dutton Gregory has never moved away completely from its roots, with a high-street presence still very much in play in Winchester and Poole. Its Bournemouth office has grown significantly over the last few years and houses the clinical negligence department (it was the first firm to be awarded a Legal Aid franchise in Dorset), and members of its family and commercial litigation departments. It is about to expand its offering in Bournemouth to include residential property.

The firm won Hampshire Law Society Firm of the Year in 2016, and was runner-up in the same category in 2017, while one of its junior lawyers won the title ‘Junior Lawyer of the Year’. Dutton Gregory is well regarded by both the local business communities and other regional law firms in the areas in which it operates, and one of its partners has held the office of president of the Bournemouth & District Law Society over the past 12 months. The firm was invited to join Law South in 2017, in part on the basis of its brand strength and reputation. It is also applying for Lexcel accreditation this year.

Dutton Gregory’s strategy is to remain independent and grow, providing a full-service offering to clients in each of its offices. Huge amounts are being invested in the latest IT in order to support the needs of staff and clients, and the firm is currently reviewing every department, process and procedure with the aim of enabling a seamless client service.

Types of work undertaken: Dutton Gregory has a well-respected landlord and tenant department, which runs a national telephone helpline for members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents. The commercial property department not only advises a range of national retailers on portfolio management, but also has strength in the leisure, charity and healthcare sectors. Both of these departments have the support of the firm’s well-regarded property litigation team, which is on hand to advise commercial landlords and business owners on how to achieve their goals with as little stress as possible.

Dutton Gregory’s commercial litigation department is well respected with a number of the team having worked with Lloyds syndicates for over 20 years.

The firm’s offering to private clients includes employment advice, buying and selling of homes, estate planning, trusts, wills, powers of attorney and contentious probate matters. The firm’s clinical negligence and personal injury departments have Law Society accreditation and contain a number of brain injury specialists within their ranks.

Other offices: Winchester, Poole, Bournemouth

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Robert Bolwell
Managing partner Andrew Tilley
Commercial property Alan Sydney
Clinical negligence Carol Maunder
Landlord and tenant Robert Bolwell
Commercial litigation Mark Broad
Family Andrew Kirkconel
Childcare Sarah Ferrari
Company commercial Jonathan Brown
Residential property Paul Reynolds
Personal injury Emma Menzies
Private client Jeremy Tucker
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Number of UK partners : 19
Number of other UK fee-earners : 50