Resolution is a group of family lawyers, and other professionals, that promotes a non-confrontational approach to resolving family disputes....
    When a relative is financially assessed to determine if they should fund their own care, whether at home or in a care home, relatives may be asked...
    Most people have heard of whistleblowing and associate it with sectors such as the NHS or care industry. However, the legislation applies to all...
    When couples divorce, if they are unable to agree on how their assets should be split, the Court can be asked to determine how their resources...
    There are two ways to bring an end to a marriage – annulment or divorce. While a divorce legally ends a marriage, an annulment declares the...
    Porter Dodson has once again been ranked in Chambers UK, a leading legal directory.
    If you, or a loved one, are struggling to manage at home, the thought of getting some kind of care can be stressful, not least because of the...
    Porter Dodson has been recommended in the leading industry guide Legal 500 UK (2018-19).
    Recent press reports suggest that Ant McPartlin and his estranged wife, Lisa Armstrong, were granted a divorce, “in (just) 30 seconds”. In fact,...
    Before answering any questions Social Services ask you about your ability to fund your own care, it is important that you are correctly assessed...
    How often have you read in the news about celebrities and footballers achieving a “quickie divorce”? In fact, there is no such thing – not even...
    The key point to remember before you consider care home fees is: have you been correctly assessed for your care needs? Often someone will miss out...
    The World Mental Health Organisation has designated 10th October each year as a day to raise awareness for mental health and for people/businesses...
    Collaborative law is an alternative way of dealing with divorce, children issues and the resolution of financial matters following the breakdown...
    The position of siblings under UK Inheritance Tax (IHT) law received further media coverage last week, prompted by the Utley sisters and also by a...
    This summer, the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday. This was a chance to celebrate its achievements and appreciate the vital role that this service...
    Porter Dodson has strengthened its Family team in Taunton with the appointment of Lauren Preedy as an Associate.
    In order to obtain a divorce, you must prove that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. You must rely on one of five facts, one of which is...
    Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK, with approximately 3.3 million in 2016. Unmarried partners often assume they...
    Not a day goes by at the moment without sexual harassment claims being splashed across the media. You might think that this is a problem reserved...
    To the frustration of many family lawyers, who strive to help clients end unhappy marriages with as little blood on the walls as possible, the...
    Porter Dodson has once again been ranked in the global Chambers High Net Worth guide.
    Your marriage has broken down. You’re already going through an incredibly emotional and difficult time. On top of that you now also need to...
    Porter Dodson has strengthened its Corporate Commercial offering with the appointment of David Culshaw. He joins as an Associate Solicitor,...
    Let’s be frank, talking about mental health is an awkward process. Awkward for the sufferer and awkward for the listener. Take by way of...
    It is likely that at some point either you, a family member or a friend will be appointed to act as a Personal Representative of an estate.
    Local charity, League of Friends Musgrove Park, has been presented with a cheque by Porter Dodson.
    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. The new regulations place new and greater responsibilities on data...
    An estimated 49% of all working days lost to ill-health are due to stress, depression or anxiety *. Stress is the most common cause of long-term...
    Senior family Judge, Sir James Munby, has today issued a warning that staff at the so-called divorce centres have made a number of errors in...
    With divorce rates increasing each year and the enticement of cheap, online do-it-yourself divorce services, it's no wonder that more people are...
    Commercial surrogacy is widely thought of as the preserve of the rich and famous. But what makes a surrogacy arrangement commercial rather than...
    When it comes to deciding who keeps what following a divorce, some personal belongings, often termed as ‘chattels’, are more emotive than others....
    ‘Deeds’, as most people remember, is a large parcel of old documents, such as conveyances. These show how the property has passed between each...
    Porter Dodson has appointed a new partner to its family team. Cathryn Smith joined the firm in 2015 and works in the Yeovil office with some 75...
    With the introduction of workplace pensions, pension benefits are fast becoming one of the most valuable assets that will need to be taken into...
    You’re looking to get a divorce as quickly and as painlessly as possible but when it comes down to it, there are actually a few options. You will...
    When considering surrogacy, one of the first questions you may stumble on is where to pursue an arrangement. Online search engines provide a...
    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. GDPR compliance captures all manner of personal data processed by...
    It is well-known that divorce can bring out the worst in people. Relationships that were once happy can turn into bitter feuds about who should...
    Common law marriage is fake news A ‘common law marriage’ does not exist. It is a myth, a figment of the imagination, a fiction, a nonsense: it...
    Divorce is stressful enough. Whilst getting a Decree Absolute legally ends a marriage, many do not realise that obtaining a divorce does not bring...
    If you are considering getting a divorce, you may have heard the Latin phrases Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute being used by friends, family or...
    Although both mediation and collaboration are alternative methods of resolving issues between divorcing and separating couples, they differ...
    Frustrating, isn’t it? As an employer, you naturally expect to be able to control things within the workplace but then some clever legal judgment...
    Football, they say, is a game of two halves. However, the concern has been that when it comes to recruitment, FA recruitment policy has been...
    Under the law of England and Wales, a divorce cannot be applied for until a couple has been married for one year. There is one ground for divorce,...
    Apprenticeships are like the ‘little black dress’ of the employment world; they never go out of fashion. Indeed, the Government is keen to create...
    Porter Dodson has recently appointed a new Partner in the Residential Property team based in the Yeovil and Sherborne offices, heading up the...
    There are now many options outside traditional family-building for those who need or wish to pursue another route.
    There is hope for parents denied contact by the other parent who has “alienated" the child from them and they are being refused a relationship...
    The European Court has recently decided that a self-employed window salesman, who successfully claimed worker status, is entitled to claim unpaid...
    Elderly Theft: Robbing the Relatives, which was broadcast on ITV1 on Thursday 30th November, certainly sets out in no uncertain terms the...
    As an employer, you may sometimes despair at the antics of your staff. If so, perhaps spare a thought for an Australian employer who was left with...
    You may think that once you are divorced, your surname will revert to your maiden name or whatever surname you used before your marriage.
    Following on from part one of our GDPR update - GDPR – What does it mean and is your business compliant? - below are some of the most significant...
    At last, we have had some long-awaited good news from the budget for the housing market.
    The resignation of Michael Fallon last week from the role of Defence Secretary was notable in being the first resignation from a senior government...
    It is widely acknowledged that Wills are one of the most important documents to arrange during your lifetime. They formally record your post-death...
    On 25th May 2018, a little over six months away, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force, replacing the Data Protection...
    This week marks annual fertility awareness week in the UK. It aims to change perceptions of fertility issues, raise funds to support the 1 in 6...
    Porter Dodson has once again been ranked in legal directory Chambers UK.
    Most employees who work for more than 6 hours are entitled to a rest break of 20 minutes, but what if your employees are too busy to take their...
    Porter Dodson was proud to sponsor the Technology & Innovation Award at the recent Somerset Business Awards 2017.
    Results from a recent survey by The Office for National Statistics identify that the number of couples divorcing has risen for the first time in 7...
    The Government’s Department of Health advises that one in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives.
    When faced with the term ‘co-parenting’ many people, understandably, think of divorced or separated parents who are sharing the care of their...
    Under measures announced by the Government today, all parents in full-time and part-time employment would be entitled to two weeks' bereavement...
    Porter Dodson has been recommended in the latest edition of the Legal 500 UK (2017).
    The new corporate offences of failing to prevent the facilitation of UK and non-UK tax evasion create potential liability on employers for their...
    An estranged adult child who, along with her siblings, had been disinherited from benefitting from her late father’s estate worth in the region of...
    We are delighted to have been ranked in the global Chambers High Net Worth guide.
    A recent case in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has been big news in the past week and heralded by some as a victory for the employee...
    When you come to sell your property so much happens very quickly, especially if you are lucky enough to find a buyer promptly.
    The odds are you’ve reserved the right to suspend employees accused of misconduct whilst you investigate the allegations against them, either...
    For Stephen Wray, road bike fanatic, solicitor, and Chairman of Porter Dodson Solicitors, the 9th September is going to be a monumental day.
    It may come as a surprise but the laws governing Wills date back to 1837. In the last 150 or so years, there have been many changes within...
    Life is complicated enough for employers. Any sensible business worries about its staff, its duty of care to staff and its compliance with a long...
    A retired senior judge, Mr Lush, has commented today warning about the risks of Powers of Attorney. Whilst his warnings are valid, the concern is...
    Employment Tribunals are currently consulting over increasing compensation for discrimination claims.
    Employees at the Taunton office held regular fundraising events and activities, such as dress down days, bake sales and Office Olympics, to raise...
    The Supreme Court has confirmed that Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal fees are unlawful and will be quashed.
    The recent case of Chesterton Global Limited -v- Nurmohamed 2017 has allowed for the first time the Court of Appeal to consider what it means for...
    Founders of the well-known South West based Moles Brewery, Black Rat and West Country Gold Cider brands have recently sold the company to...
    A recent report* highlighted that too much time spent checking social media whilst on holiday could result in arguments and even complete...
    Since Stephen Mahoney, Partner at Porter Dodson, took over as Vice President of the Dorset and Somerset Law Society (DASLS), his involvement has...
    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) yesterday refused to intervene in the case of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard.
    You may have heard about the recent case of Ali v Capita Customer Management Limited - a case which found that a new father had been directly...
    As surrogacy continues to grow into a mainstream pathway to parenthood, more intended parents are looking to family members or close friends to...
    On Monday, members of our Taunton office had the opportunity to meet with the President of the Law Society, Robert Bourns, to discuss issues...
    In the long-running case of Fulton & anor v Bear Scotland Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that in claims involving ongoing...
    It’s not uncommon. You’re busy and trying to multi-task and accidentally hit ‘reply all’ or ‘forward’ when you shouldn’t. Before you know it, your...
    The large Private Client team at Porter Dodson has been further strengthened with the latest arrival, Merlin Lewis as Associate.
    The recent case of The Government Legal Services (GLS) v Brookes has highlighted the need for employers to exercise caution when using selection...
    Dorset charity, Mosaic, has been presented with a cheque by Porter Dodson.
    One of the biggest surrogacy myths is that it is illegal in the UK to pay a surrogate mother. However, surrogacy has been a viable family-building...
    Stephen Mahoney, Partner and Wellington Office Head, has recently been elected Devon and Somerset Law Society's (DASLS) Vice President.
    Care funding, whether it be in the home or in a residential/nursing home environment, is very expensive no matter which way you look at it.
    With the new regulations surrounding communications coming into force in May 2018, St Margaret’s Hospice is asking their supporters to complete a...
    It has been just over two weeks since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Ilott v The Blue Cross and others (previously known as Ilott v Mitson) was...
    Next month (April 2017) sees the introduction of a new inheritance tax allowance that is going to significantly improve the tax position of many...
    If you are hoping to enter into a donor arrangement, either with someone you know well or someone you have met solely to conceive a child,...
    A lawyer ex-husband sought permission to appeal an Order that he continue to pay maintenance to his former wife but permission was refused.
    You may have recently heard of some cases whereby unscrupulous people have sold or tried to sell properties that are not owned by them.
    The widely reported case of Tini Owens (66), who is seeking to overturn a decision by Judge Robin Tolson to reject her request for a divorce from...
    Safe and tested surrogacy destinations are becoming fewer and the associated costs as diverse as their geographical proximity.
    The recent case of Bandara v British Broadcasting Corporation (2016) highlights the need to think carefully when issuing disciplinary sanctions,...
    A recent report of a hearing in the Appeal Court is a timely reminder that when people divorce, a judge is entitled to take account of all of the...
    Porter Dodson has strengthened its Dispute Resolution team with the appointment of Anusheh Burcher. She joins as Associate Solicitor, working from...
    The case of a Pimlico plumber who has questioned his precise employment status examines the entitlement of individuals working in an increasingly...
    If you are considering pursuing a surrogacy arrangement, either in the UK or overseas, one of your first concerns is likely to be what legal...
    A Judgement of the Court of Appeal is a timely reminder that people who divorce should conclude their financial arrangements, or run the risk of...
    A recent hearing before High Court Judge Peter Jackson flagged up the often very difficult decisions the Family Court is forced to make when...
    The recent case of Stratford v Auto Trail VR Limited suggests that in some circumstances, you can.
    Yeovil charity, Yeovil Hospital Charity, has been presented with a cheque by Porter Dodson.
    Nothing sparks more debate than when the Ministry of Justice falls foul of the law over which it presides.
    As the festive season surrounds us, it is an opportune time to step back and reflect not only on the last year but also on our hopes for the...
    A recent case acts as a timely reminder to employers that they may be held responsible for the improper behaviour of their staff at work social...
    Following the case of the wind farm millionaire, Wyatt-v-Vince, where the wife successfully obtained a lump sum payment many years after the...
    Porter Dodson has moved to new offices in Yeovil, located at Telford House, The Park, which is in a prominent position overlooking the Hospital...
    Porter Dodson is delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2017 Devon & Somerset Law Society Law Firm (11+ Partners) of the Year, and Innovation...
    Porter Dodson, has once again been ranked in Chambers UK.
    The legal principles surrounding property ownership can be complicated and promises made can be binding.
    31 October – 6 November marks the UK’s annual fertility awareness week, which seeks to promote awareness of the 1 in 6 couples who struggle to...
    In October 2015, several drivers submitted claims against taxi company, Uber, claiming that they are workers and should, therefore, be entitled to...
    Having signed up for the Moonraker Challenge, committed ourselves to seven miles and taken our compass reading lessons, we set out one sunny...
    Thousands of children and young people in the UK are raised by an adult who is not their biological parent. In some circumstances, this may be the...
    The Porter Dodson Moonraker team met yesterday with our very own Bear Grylls, Phil Stocker.
    As a Firm, we support many local projects and networking events around Somerset and Dorset. Our most recent endeavour was a networking bike ride...
    So there we all were, sat quite happily at our desks one September afternoon, minding our business, when a very innocent looking email arrived...
    If you pursue surrogacy, whether in the UK or abroad, it is vital that you obtain a parental order. This is the bespoke legal ‘solution’ for...
    Porter Dodson has been recommended in the leading industry guide, Legal 500 UK (2016), once again.
    If you are considering pursuing an international surrogacy arrangement, one of the first questions on your mind is likely to be how long it will...
    A family have won their legal battle to overturn their brother’s Will after it was found that the deceased, David Poole, did not know and approve...
    If you are considering getting divorced, you are likely to have many questions about the process. One of the key questions asked is ‘when is best...
    Inheritance disputes are never far from the headlines with more people realising that they may (in certain circumstances) be able to bring a claim...
    Following the landmark result of the referendum, interested parties may be inclined to capitalise or speculate on what comes next, but the...
    Somerset charity, St Margaret’s Hospice, has been presented with a cheque by Lesley Gaskell, Partner at Porter Dodson.
    Employees who take customer or client information when they leave their job might want to reconsider their actions following a recent warning from...
    Despite declaring a decision by the Supreme Court to allow his ex-wife to pursue a financial claim against him twenty years after they divorced,...
    For many years there has been understandable confusion surrounding whether single prospective parents can pursue surrogacy in order to create...
    Porter Dodson has been awarded the Investors in People Gold standard, joining the top 7% of accredited organisations across the UK who believe in...
    Our television screens will soon be ablaze with some of the biggest events of the sporting calendar – the 2016 UEFA football European...
    It has been around two weeks since the cycle ride took place. The “never again” that followed immediately after the event and for the few days...
    The provision of affordable housing has been a hot topic both in the media and Government for many years. Local Planning Authorities seek to...
    Well, a week has now passed since the Porter Dodson Pedalers completed the DSAA C2C cycle challenge. Firstly, I have to say that parading past my...
    When advising our clients about various disciplinary and performance issues, one of our first queries is likely to be about the employee’s terms...
    Well I had good intentions, I did the training on the turbo (see last blog post on 17th March) and I even managed to go out and about on some...
    The rather sad tale of equestrian lover Kristin Liden is a timely reminder of the precarious position of the so-called common law wife.
    The Lawyer magazine reported last week that across a spread of financial measures, Porter Dodson showed the 7th best growth performance of the Top...
    Jane Morris gave up her career after she and her husband decided that she should stay at home and care for their three children. Her husband,...
    After a couple of months on the turbo trainer (see Cara Hough’s blog of 17 March 2016), I decided to follow in the illustrious footsteps of Sir...
    Following on from our previous blog piece regarding the difference between Divorce and Judicial Separation, here we explain how to achieve a Legal...
    Pensions can be a big asset, sometimes the biggest asset, for divorcing couples and couples dissolving their Civil Partnerships. However, many...
    A parental order is the bespoke legal remedy for families who have pursued surrogacy in order to have a child. Due to our outdated laws in the UK,...
    From 1 April 2016, workers aged 25 and over are entitled to the National Living Wage, currently set at £7.20 per hour. It is, in effect, a new...
    Richard Bacon MP has proposed an amendment to the current law on divorce. The No Fault Divorce Bill will be presented for its second reading in...
    If you’re expecting a baby with the help of a surrogate based abroad you may be wondering what impact English law has on your arrangement and if...
    You’d think it would be easy to start training once you’ve got the bike. But then it rains, or it’s frosty, or it’s dark.
    This week marks the national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Adoption and Fostering Week, raising awareness in the LGBT community that...
    For many years, those who had a child through surrogacy were not afforded the same entitlement to paid time off work as those who had children...
    In just about every collaborative case handled, and the same is true for mediated cases, there comes a point where one or other of the parties, or...
    It took at least a week before the enormity of the event and the challenges it would bring really sunk in. In my naivety I assumed I would be able...
    A woman has won her legal battle to stop her partner’s share in their property passing to his estranged wife.
    For thousands of prospective parents every year, conceiving with donor sperm is a very real prospect. As one of the oldest alternative family...
    The Employment Tribunal has ruled that an employee at Starbucks was discriminated against on the ground of disability as a result of dyslexia....
    In May of this year, Joy Woollerton, one of our Residential Property legal advisors, will be trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu to raise...
    Signing up for the event... Having joined the Firm last year, I’ve only recently learned of the Dorset and Somerset Coast 2 Coast (C2C) cycling...
    Somerset charity, St Margaret’s Hospice, has been presented with a cheque by Robert Fox, Managing Partner and Yeovil Office Head.
    Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are becoming more popular as people plan ahead for a time when they may like or need assistance with their...
    The Royal Courts of Justice is set to hear a challenge against the legal ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships today, 19th...
    Judges from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have ruled that employers can read workers’ private messages sent via chat software and...
    It was announced in the Autumn budget last year that an additional Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) charge of 3% on the entire purchase price would be...
    The Law Commission, which advises the government on reform, has carried out a scoping review of marriage law and concluded that it is outdated,...
    The potential perils of failing to get expert legal advice when settling financial arrangements following divorce has again been demonstrated,...
    Porter Dodson is delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2016 Devon & Somerset Law Society Law Firm (11+ Partners) of the Year Award category.
    This week marks National fertility awareness week, highlighting the one in six couples who suffer with infertility in their quest to have a family.
    A well-known football player, in his mid 30s, has won a High Court ruling for a review of the child maintenance payments he had been ordered to...
    Somerset charity, The Conquest Centre, has been presented with a cheque for a significant sum of money by Lesley Gaskell, Partner in the Taunton...
    Porter Dodson has been ranked in the 2016 edition of Chambers UK once again.
    Due to the lack of global surrogacy regulation, destinations offering surrogacy services come and go. Thailand, for example, was a popular...
    It is becoming increasingly common for employees not to have a fixed place of work. Many sales agents and home-based workers spend their time on...
    If you are expecting a child with the help of a surrogate overseas, your first concern, once your baby has been discharged from hospital, will be...
    There are now many options for starting a family within a same sex relationship. A popular choice for many lesbian couples is to conceive with a...
    The Supreme Court has today handed down two important Judgments. These send a clear message to all those involved in settling their financial...
    On 10th October 2015, a team of solicitors, managers, legal advisors and support staff from the firm completed the Commando Challenge in aid of...
    Numerous employment law changes came into force today as a result of the Deregulation Act 2015. Key changes include:
    Porter Dodson, has once again been recommended in the recent edition of leading industry publication, Legal 500 (2015).
    The average manager spends 20 working days each year dealing with absence issues; that’s one month out of twelve or just over 8% of working time....
    News hit the press last week of the national sperm bank’s first birthday. Amongst reports was the revelation that the bank had only recruited nine...
    Porter Dodson, a UK Top 200 law firm, has today merged with the highly regarded local solicitors, Austen Whetham & Guest of South Street, Bridport.
    Most of us can say that at some point we’ve had a complaint about goods or services, relating to things such as retail companies, home improvement...
    The NHS has widely publicised statistics that show 1 in 7 couples suffer from some degree of infertility in their lives. As such a widespread...
    In the recent case of The British Waterways Board v Smith, the Employment Appeal Tribunal found that Mr Smith was fairly dismissed because of...
    The Government is consulting on the tax treatment of payments made to employees upon termination of their employment.
    A recent census by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 9% of people in the over 65 age bracket had divorced by 2011. Ten years...
    Our Business Excellence Manager, Phil Stocker, is spending the next few days cycling the long journey from London to Paris to raise funds for...
    On Wednesday, the Chancellor George Osborne announced in the summer budget that a special Inheritance Tax relief for family homes will be...
    In addition to the current legislation regarding the calculation of holiday pay, there have been a number of recent court judgments on the topic.
    A Judge in the West Country has taken the unusual step of asking for help from the Press to trace a Somerset mother, who has gone on the run with...
    Employers who do not guarantee staff any hours of work and prevent them from working for another employer will no longer be able to enforce such...
    Our Business Excellence Manager, Phil Stocker, and Taunton office head, Stephen Wray, joined nearly 600 other cyclists on Sunday 17 May 2015 for...
    Today, a judge in Northern Ireland has handed down an eagerly awaited judgment in relation to a row over a message supporting gay marriage to be...
    Over the last couple of weeks, we have fielded numerous calls and emails from worried business owners in respect of the emerging position over...
    Mr Justice Holman has urged a couple to avoid the “painful destructive experience” of having to give evidence against each other in open Court,...
    Commercial lease break clauses continue to be a rich source of dispute and a challenging economic climate makes it easy to understand why. For...
    Britain’s most senior female Judge, Baroness Hale, has said that she wants to see the bitterness taken out of most divorces so that one person...
    The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum hourly rate of pay that the majority of workers should be paid.
    The Chancellor announced during the recent Budget that the government will review the uses of deeds of variation as these can currently be used to...
    Porter Dodson has further strengthened its Commercial services offering with the appointment of Victoria Walker. She joins as Partner in the...
    Further to our earlier post on a former wife making financial claims years after divorcing her ex, five Supreme Court Justices have ruled that the...
    The press have widely reported the case of Wright, where a divorced wife was told by the court to get a job and not to expect her former husband,...
    Last summer we were fortunate enough to see a wonderful array of family heirlooms when we hosted an antique valuation afternoon tea at Crowcombe...
    Coming up with an idea is only just the start for those venturing into new business. Turning that idea into trading reality involves time, energy,...
    Spring will soon be upon us and the green fingered amongst us will be looking forward to getting into the garden to carry out some long awaited...
    This time of year is particularly tough for businesses. A number of factors, including the inertia caused by the festive shutdown, can lead to a...
    This time last year I commented that the changes in lending rules in the Spring were likely to lead to a flurry of activity before the changes...
    The Supreme Court is dealing with an appeal that could have far reaching consequences for people who divorced decades ago but did not deal with...
    Energy Performance Certificates or ‘EPC’s: do you know they last 10 years? You may not need to get one when you sell if one was fresh when you...
    The European Court of Justice (the ECJ) has ruled in the case of Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund (Case C-354/13) that obesity can constitute a...
    We recently commented on the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal case of Bear Scotland v Fulton (“the EAT case”) which ruled that holiday pay should...
    The Shared Parental Leave Regulations (“SPL Regulations”) provide parents with a new legal right that will allow them to share caring...
    Recently, the Mail Online had a piece about disclosing skeletons in the property closet and what you are obliged to reveal. It mentioned the...
    The Chancellor’s announcement on Stamp Duty Land Tax levels is a positive and welcome move. I welcome the very short notice which meant that...
    [This post was last updated in December 2017]
    Following on from their recent recommendation in the Legal 500, Porter Dodson’s position as one of the leading law firms in the South West has...
    Today’s ruling in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that holiday pay should include overtime pay. This overturns the UK’s...
    Recently The Times wrote an article on the subject of unregulated Will-writing, stating that a legal watchdog report has warned that tens of...
    Family courts will presume that each parent will play a role in the life of their child as a result of the parental involvement provision which...
    Since 1 October 2014, fathers and partners of an expectant mother are entitled to take unpaid time off work to accompany the expectant mother to...
    In England & Wales we operate two forms of conveyancing: one for property which is unregistered and the other where the property is registered...
    In a recent ruling regarding financial settlement in a divorce case, Mr Justice Mostyn said that new relationships are a “fly in the ointment of...
    Non-contested divorce cases taken out in Courts in England and Wales by 180 Italian couples have been declared void after a widespread fraud was...
    UK top 200 law firm, Porter Dodson, has once again been recommended in the leading industry publication Legal 500 (2014), further reinforcing...
    Having heard there would be a change to the law on 1st October governing the distribution of a person’s estate when they have died without a valid...
    Porter Dodson is delighted to welcome Mark Banham to its Dispute Resolution team in Taunton following completion of his two-year training contract...
    This weekend Stephen Wray, Partner and Head of Porter Dodson’s Taunton office, undertook the Somerset 3 Peaks challenge in order to raise funds...
    With property prices in the south west remaining high in relation to salaries and more attractive mortgage deals only being available to those...
    If an Employment Tribunal member is apparently asleep for 15 – 20 seconds during a hearing and is observed drooling (though presumably drooling...
    With three-quarters of the UK population supporting charities over their lifetime, it’s easy to remember that there is a big difference between...
    In a recent case a former employee of Enterprise Rent-A-Car was prosecuted under section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1988 (the Act) by the...
    At the TUC Congress today, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna  says he will abolish the current Employment Tribunal system. The clear message...
    Recent media coverage of the case of a child removed from hospital in Southampton and taken to Spain for medical treatment highlights how...
    The recent High Court case of Stagecoach South Western Trains Ltd v Hind (2014) has reconsidered the landowner’s duty to inspect trees on their...
    The BBC has today reported on pressure to outlaw discrimination against employees on the grounds of tattoos. “Body art” is enjoying record levels...
    Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) on property acquisitions is expensive. It is a tax which has not kept pace with inflation. The bands for SDLT have...
    Landlords of residential properties, and their agents, who may have thought they were up to speed on the regulations governing registration of...
    Porter Dodson is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicholas Clegg and Chris Pemberton to the role of Partner following the firm’s...
    As we commented in a previous blog post, chancel repair liability still continues to cause headaches for property lawyers and owners.
    The Court of Appeal has recently given judgment on a case which highlights falling rents following the recession. In the case of Barclays Wealth...
    Making a Will has never been more important. The “traditional” family unit of Mum, Dad and 2.4 children is now merely one of the myriad of family...
    On 26th June 2014, the Government published their prospectus for a loan fund for custom built homes. The prospectus sets out how to access part of...
    This week sees the second reading of a private member’s bill, the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill, which was introduced by Baroness Deech...
    Over the last few months there have been various legal developments relevant to medical practices. There are also other important changes on the...
    At Porter Dodson, we try to avoid bamboozling clients with legal jargon, but often get asked what is meant by the term “Caveat Emptor”. Translated...
    When thinking of making a Will, most of my clients assume that they can leave their estate to whomever they please and in any fashion they like. ...
    Until 6 April 2014 it had long been a cornerstone of a commercial landlord’s powers that, in the event of default in payment of rent, a landlord was...
    Questions and answers arising from the second in our series of Renewables seminars held across Somerset and Dorset. Additional questions and...
    The Telegraph reported this month that Family Law firms have seen “a surge of interest” in pre-nuptial agreements since the publication of the Law...
    The European Court of Justice (ECJ), in the case of British Gas v Lock, has held that holiday pay should not be limited to basic salary when the...
    In the landmark ruling of Clyde & Co v Bates van Winkelhof the Supreme Court has confirmed that a member of a limited liability partnership (LLP)...
    As in previous years, Porter Dodson has sponsored the Great Somerset Walk in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice. As well as being a fund raising event,...
    In a speech made on 29th April 2014 Munby said divorce proceedings should be split from the process of financial remedy so that the divorce itself...
    When you are discussing the costs of buying a house or flat with your solicitor, he or she should mention searches.  If you are getting a mortgage...
    Porter Dodson’s Taunton office has raised £1200 for its 2013/14 nominated charity, the Beacon Centre. The money has been raised by employees...
    Written within the lecture notes of a nineteenth century lawyer named Abraham Lincoln are the words “Discourage litigation. Persuade your...
    New applications for Child Maintenance are now being dealt with by the Child Maintenance Service.  Existing cases using the Child Support Agency...
    On Tuesday 6th May 2014 would-be claimants in the Employment Tribunal will first have to make contact with the arbitration service ACAS.   This...
    Nick Williams has retired from Porter Dodson after more than 30 years with the Firm.
    Our property lawyers have been struggling with the knotty subject of chancel repair liability for decades, so why has it only just come to the...
    Obesity in the UK is a growing epidemic. The UK is the tenth fattest country in the world and one of the fattest in Europe with levels of obesity...
    Porter Dodson recently co-hosted a free Renewables seminar alongside Old Mill Accountants and Solar Systems in Somerset. The seminar provided an...
    As of 6 April 2014, it is no longer possible for an employer to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from its national insurance contribution. This is...
    The Children and Families Act was given Royal Assent on 13th March 2014 meaning reforms will be introduced as part of the re-launched family court...
    Spring is in the air, Autumn crops are enjoying a respite from the rain, lambing is well under way and the ground is now being prepared for sowing...
    We often a get asked for a “conveyancing” quote, so we thought we’d take a look at what the term “conveyancing” means; although we prefer to talk...
    A detailed study into pension sharing on divorce has been recently published and the study suggests that pension sharing orders are a valuable,...
    The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published new regulations on consumer contracts which are intended to harmonise distance...
    Making a Will is an important part of planning for the future and, for most, is hugely important in ensuring that their family and friends are...
    The Children and Families Bill awaits implementation shortly.  We used to have “custody” and “access” of children on separation of parents. Then...
    Comic Enterprise Limited (Comic Enterprise) commenced proceedings against Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (Fox) for trade mark infringement...
    The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, or TUPE, protects employees when they transfer from one employer to...
    There has been a lot of media coverage about the most re-tweeted photograph taken at the recent Oscars ceremony. But who owns the intellectual...
      Stephen Wray (Office Head at Taunton office), Ben Hingley and Bruce Weir
    Current law
    To find out how to achieve a Legal Separation, therefore remaining married, visit our blog post explaining the difference between Judicial...
    The European Commission has recently presented a new proposed framework agreement with the intention of driving the EU towards a low carbon...
    The short answer is….? Almost certainly, yes. Not so much a question of “when” but “how high”?
    Plans for the world's first man-made,  energy-generating lagoon were submitted for planning approval on 7th February 2014.  Swansea Bay Tidal...
    With the rush of the 31 January deadline for tax self-assessment behind us for another year, business owners may well turn their thoughts to...
    Calculation of Holiday Pay should include Commission and Over-time: Recent cases of Neal v Freightliner Ltd ET/1315342/12 and Lock v British Gas...
    By Nicholas Clegg, Finance Director
    Somerset and Dorset solicitors Porter Dodson has recently (January, 2014) installed solar panels onto its roof to help reduce its carbon footprint.
    In this briefing we set out some of the changes to law and best practice which will affect Academy schools in 2014.
    The Law Commission has called for pre-nuptial agreements to be made legally binding in England and Wales. This recommendation follows a three year...
    On the 22nd November members of Porter Dodson’s Taunton office are doing a sponsored cycle ride in the reception area, covering 115 miles, which is...
    Porter Dodson’s position as one of the leading law firms in the South West has been further enhanced by its ranking in the latest publication of...
    Porter Dodson LLP is delighted to announce that their Fertility and Parenting team, headed by Partner Louisa Ghevaert, has been ‘Highly Commended’...
    Porter Dodson’s position as one of the leading law firms in the South West has been further reflected in the mention of six of its Partners and...
    Porter Dodson is delighted to be participating in the 2013 St Margaret’s Hospice Make a Will Week initiative which runs from 9th September – 13th...
    Volunteers across Dorset are gearing up to pedal for their parish at this year’s Ride & Stride event. The annual fundraising day, organised by...
    The Legal Ombudsman published this week a guide for people considering using a lawyer. The guide, which includes a list of top ten tips, is...
    Porter Dodson Solicitors & Advisors is delighted to announce that Partner Louisa Ghevaert has been shortlisted by Jordan’s Family Law for its ‘Most...
    Leading legal directory Chambers UK has announced that it is to name four of Porter Dodson’s Partners as “Leaders in their Field”.
    The end of June will mark the end of an era as wills, trusts and probate specialist Jill Griffin retires after 44 years’ service with leading...
    Catch up on the latest news regarding Renewables and Employment Law in the June edition of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce Newsletter.
    Porter Dodson Solicitors & Advisors, a UK Top 200 Law Firm with offices in Somerset and Dorset, is pleased to be supporting this year’s Somerset...
    Porter Dodson Solicitors & Advisors was delighted to support the Great Somerset Walk in support of St Margaret’s Hospice.
    Porter Dodson Solicitors & Advisors’ Taunton team recently welcomed more than a hundred guests to its offices at Blackbrook Business Park. The...
    After more than 30 years with the Firm, Nick Williams retired from the Partnership of Porter Dodson at the end of April.
    More than a hundred members of Taunton’s business community recently attended a Breakfast at Somerset County Cricket Club to discuss the benefits...
    Porter Dodson Solicitors & Advisors hosted a reception for guests at this year’s Ladies Day at Taunton Racecourse.
    Ensuring that your business continues to grow year on year can be difficult; particularly in the current climate and it’s understandable for...
    Amanda Jones, Associate and Family Law Solicitor, explains the value of pre-nuptial agreements.
    Somerset and Dorset Solicitors Porter Dodson are pleased to sponsor the Western Gazette Business Awards 2013 in the category of Great Innovation...
    Data protection is not just for “big business” – protecting customer and employee personal data is a key issue for any business or organisation,...
    Sharon and Kate have been with Porter Dodson, a UK Top 200 Law Firm, since they completed their training contracts and are both members of the...