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Divorce law change – ‘No fault divorce’ reform

15th April 2019 by Jonathan Talbot

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Laceys Solicitors are proud members of Resolution, a group of over 6,000 family lawyers who promote sensitive, cost-effective solutions to family breakdown which take into account the needs of the…

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Jonathan Talbot

Partner — Family

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Jonathan heads up Laceys family department with over 30 years experience in Family Law.

He specialises in Family and Relationship Breakdowns, Financial Remedies, Collaborative Law and International Family Law.

Jonathan has a exceptional caring nature and will always strive to find solutions to family issues outside of the court if at all possible.

Outside of work Jonathan likes to keep himself busy by competing in Ironman 70.3’s when he gets the chance – which are no easy feat at having to complete a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and then a 13.1 mile run each race!

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Divorce law Reform – Will the ending of the ‘Blame Game’ reduce conflict in Mediation?

11th April 2019 by Kenneth Clarke

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It is the most significant overhaul of divorce law in the last fifty years. Divorcing couples will no longer have to allege adultery or dredge up allegations of unreasonable behaviour…

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Kenneth Clarke

Lawyer / Mediator — Family Mediation

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“What could have potentially been an extremely upsetting and inflammatory scenario, proved to be a surprisingly smooth and conflict free process through Laceys mediation. With Kenneth’s extensive experience we were able to reach an agreeable outcome without spending our life savings!”

Julie Morris

Kenneth is the elder statesman of our mediation team, with forty years’ experience as a family lawyer, and qualified as a mediator in 1996. Kenneth has been a key member of the Laceys mediation team since 2005, specialising in financial and children cases, with a particular interest and specialisation in high conflict cases.

Kenneth is also qualified to consult with children, a growing part of the mediation process. Always looking to expand the boundaries of mediation practice,  Kenneth brings a degree of gravitas, humour, understanding and empathy when he mediates with clients,  creating a positive environment in which clients work together to resolve their issues quickly and cost effectively.

Out of office hours Kenneth’s main passion is writing musical theatre . When he has time Kenneth also enjoys travel, especially cruising.

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It is the most significant overhaul of divorce law in the last fifty years. Divorcing couples will...

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High conflict doesn’t have to mean court. Here’s how mediation can help….

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Why make a separation more stressful than it needs to be? Mediation can reduce stress through various techniques.

5th April 2019 by Why make a separation more stressful than it needs to be? Mediation can reduce stress through various techniques.

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Stress, conflict, anger and confrontation are an unavoidable part of a family mediator’s life. But just because it is unavoidable does not mean that it is not manageable. Kenneth Clarke…

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Important update for Landlords on MEES regulations changes from 1st April 2019

4th April 2019 by Kerry Parsons

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If you are a landlord who owns and wishes to let or rent a domestic property then before you do so, make sure you are aware of the Minimum Energy…

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Kerry Parsons

Associate — Residential Property

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  • “Having used Kerry Parsons before for the purchase of our flat we had no hesitation in going to her again for our latest sale and purchase. she is efficient, thorough and always quick to respond. An excellent service by Kerry and her secretary Sharon. We had many questions and queries which she dealt with most satisfactorily. Highly recommended.”

    Mike and Jacky Streeter

  • “Very helpful and always there to give advice or take action if asked to do so. Very focused on the job and always on top of the latest developments and yet personable and ready to take time on the phone to give advice or answer queries without hesitation.”

    Jim Pilling

  • “We are extremely pleased with the service that Kerry has provided to us and wouldn't hesitate to use Laceys again. We would recommend Kerry and her firm at any time based on the quick and responsive way our transactions have been handled.”

    Jackie and Terry

  • “Moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful experiences in life. Needless to say, we did experience some challenges during our recent move, but thanks to Laceys, the legal and conveyancing aspects caused us no problems at all. They come with our full recommendation.”

    Mr and Mrs Lee, Ashley Heath

  • “During the flat buying process Kerry was a constant support and if ever I became worried about anything she would sort it for me quickly and calmly. Kerry was approachable, easy to get hold of and always responded quickly to my emails. I am now happily living in my new home and I can't thank Laceys, Kerry in particular, enough for getting me here. ”

    Mark Baker

  • “First class team, kept me informed at every stage of the conveyancing process, worked tirelessly on my behalf.”

    David Tryhorn

Kerry is an Associate in our Residential Property department based in Parkstone, with her experience spanning over 12 years. Kerry has worked for two local authorities in Dorset as well as within private practice and she now specialises in Residential Property matters including purchases, sales, remortgages, transfers of equity and other property matters including Declaration of Trusts, adverse possession claims and ownership queries.  Kerry became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2017 having completed the Diploma in Law and Practice (degree level) over 7 years alongside working full time in the legal sector.

Kerry prides herself on being friendly and approachable with a ‘can do’ attitude and really enjoys the fast pace of Conveyancing. There is no matter too complicated and Kerry enjoys problem-solving as is often required on many property matters.

Away from the office, Kerry enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors and can often be seen out and about with her dog Baxter (and husband!) enjoying some fresh air.  Kerry also joins in with many charity events along with her lovely colleagues.

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Springing Forward – Important Changes for Employers in April 2019

1st April 2019 by Robin Watson

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There are two key changes which employers need to be aware of that will be in force from April 2019. The first is that the annual rise to statutory employment…

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Robin Watson

Partner — Employment and Immigration

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“Cocowai is a wholesale and online retail cashmere company. We recently contacted Robin Watson at Laceys Solicitors to help and advise us with producing an employment contract, and subsequently for advice on other employment issues. Robin has been extremely helpful and efficient throughout the whole - from our initial meeting, through to further telephone conversations and subsequent emails. I have been impressed by Robin's consideration of our "type" and "size" of company, whilst advising on what kind of contract we needed for our business. ”

Frances Macaulay, COCOWAI

Robin studied law at the University of Southampton before achieving Distinction in a postgraduate law diploma at Bournemouth University in 2011 and being awarded the Dorset Magistrates’ Association Excellence in Advocacy Award.

Robin qualified as a solicitor with Laceys in 2011, and is now one of Laceys partners, specialising in employment law and advising on Human Resources. Robin also has an interest in Immigration for employers and individuals as well as Court of Protection advice.

With Employment matters, he advises employers, HR Directors and managers on all aspects of complex employment law and day-to-day HR issues.

Robin regularly advises on TUPE when clients are buying or selling a business or in relation to tenders. Robin also represents clients during Employment Tribunal proceedings. Robin’s clients range from small local start-ups to large national businesses.

Robin has a Higher Rights of Audience, which after a period of training and assessment, entitles him to appear in all courts in England and Wales in civil law cases. Without this qualification, solicitors can only appear in the County Court.

Away from work Robin enjoys cycling, cooking and eating. Lately, Robin has (again) started sketching and is trying to convince himself that he has a talent!

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Laceys Mediation now open for Saturday Appointments

21st March 2019 by Sam Burnand

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Laceys Mediation are pleased to now offer pre-arranged Saturday morning appointments from 8.30am to midday for clients at our Southampton office at Basepoint Centre, Andersons Road, SO14 5FE. Family Mediation…

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Sam Burnand

Marketing Manager

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“I’ve been working with Sam for a couple of years on a very wide range of marketing communications. Sam has a natural attention to detail and a refreshing attitude to the work we’ve collaborated on. The launch of the new Laceys site is now the benchmark for the brand and business offering. Sam has been at the heart this journey and has been a key driver for the consistency any strong brand should have. It’s exciting to be working with a solicitor’s firm that really understands their vast audience.”

Jamie Shanks, Green Tambourine

Sam joined Laceys back in 2015 to help look after the marketing for the firm. Her role includes managing branding, website content, events, advertising and social media for Laceys.

Before joining Laceys Sam worked for over 10 years in several marketing agencies in London, managing client projects across different sectors, ranging from Coca Cola to the Department of Health. Having grown up in Poole herself, Sam and her family took the decision to move back to the South Coast a few years ago to bring up their young children.

Outside of work, Sam is a keen racquetball and tennis player and getting out on her bike to the Purbecks when time allows. She is also partial to a good glass of wine and dance when the opportunity arises!

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Richard Ramshaw, newly qualified solicitor at Laceys

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Richard Ramshaw, newly qualified solicitor at Laceys

Newly qualified Richard Ramshaw joins Laceys Commercial Property team

14th March 2019 by Sam Burnand

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Laceys are pleased to announce Richard Ramshaw has now qualified as a Solicitor having undertaken his 2-year Training Contract with Laceys allowing him to gain hands-on experience across the firm…

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Sam Burnand

Marketing Manager

Direct dial: 07809 220959
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“I’ve been working with Sam for a couple of years on a very wide range of marketing communications. Sam has a natural attention to detail and a refreshing attitude to the work we’ve collaborated on. The launch of the new Laceys site is now the benchmark for the brand and business offering. Sam has been at the heart this journey and has been a key driver for the consistency any strong brand should have. It’s exciting to be working with a solicitor’s firm that really understands their vast audience.”

Jamie Shanks, Green Tambourine

Sam joined Laceys back in 2015 to help look after the marketing for the firm. Her role includes managing branding, website content, events, advertising and social media for Laceys.

Before joining Laceys Sam worked for over 10 years in several marketing agencies in London, managing client projects across different sectors, ranging from Coca Cola to the Department of Health. Having grown up in Poole herself, Sam and her family took the decision to move back to the South Coast a few years ago to bring up their young children.

Outside of work, Sam is a keen racquetball and tennis player and getting out on her bike to the Purbecks when time allows. She is also partial to a good glass of wine and dance when the opportunity arises!

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Laceys Solicitors named as Law Firm of the Year 2019

6th March 2019 by Sam Burnand

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Laceys Solicitors were very proud to be crowned Law Firm of the Year (100 + employees) at the prestigious 2019 Dorset Legal Awards last week. Jonathan Ogden, Senior Partner at…

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Sam Burnand

Marketing Manager

Direct dial: 07809 220959
Switchboard: 01202 557256

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“I’ve been working with Sam for a couple of years on a very wide range of marketing communications. Sam has a natural attention to detail and a refreshing attitude to the work we’ve collaborated on. The launch of the new Laceys site is now the benchmark for the brand and business offering. Sam has been at the heart this journey and has been a key driver for the consistency any strong brand should have. It’s exciting to be working with a solicitor’s firm that really understands their vast audience.”

Jamie Shanks, Green Tambourine

Sam joined Laceys back in 2015 to help look after the marketing for the firm. Her role includes managing branding, website content, events, advertising and social media for Laceys.

Before joining Laceys Sam worked for over 10 years in several marketing agencies in London, managing client projects across different sectors, ranging from Coca Cola to the Department of Health. Having grown up in Poole herself, Sam and her family took the decision to move back to the South Coast a few years ago to bring up their young children.

Outside of work, Sam is a keen racquetball and tennis player and getting out on her bike to the Purbecks when time allows. She is also partial to a good glass of wine and dance when the opportunity arises!

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Newly qualified Solicitor Thomas Murray joins Laceys Private Client Team

15th February 2019 by Sam Burnand

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Laceys are pleased to announce Thomas Murray has now qualified as a Solicitor having undertaken his 2-year Training Contract with Laceys allowing him to gain hands-on experience across the firm and decide which…

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Sam Burnand

Marketing Manager

Direct dial: 07809 220959
Switchboard: 01202 557256

Email

“I’ve been working with Sam for a couple of years on a very wide range of marketing communications. Sam has a natural attention to detail and a refreshing attitude to the work we’ve collaborated on. The launch of the new Laceys site is now the benchmark for the brand and business offering. Sam has been at the heart this journey and has been a key driver for the consistency any strong brand should have. It’s exciting to be working with a solicitor’s firm that really understands their vast audience.”

Jamie Shanks, Green Tambourine

Sam joined Laceys back in 2015 to help look after the marketing for the firm. Her role includes managing branding, website content, events, advertising and social media for Laceys.

Before joining Laceys Sam worked for over 10 years in several marketing agencies in London, managing client projects across different sectors, ranging from Coca Cola to the Department of Health. Having grown up in Poole herself, Sam and her family took the decision to move back to the South Coast a few years ago to bring up their young children.

Outside of work, Sam is a keen racquetball and tennis player and getting out on her bike to the Purbecks when time allows. She is also partial to a good glass of wine and dance when the opportunity arises!

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Should Wills provide for children?

14th February 2019 by Rob Kelly

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Following the 2017 Supreme Court case of an adult daughter who successfully claimed financial provision from her late mother’s estate even though they had been estranged for around 25 years…

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Rob Kelly

Associate — Dispute Resolution

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  • “A first choice for truly contentious Litigation in Automotive and Asset Finance and Leasing. His pure skill in tricky work wins through time and again and adds real value compared with the so called 'top tier' litigators. Truly capable, amenable and commercially minded business partners, the 'master chessmen' of their specialty.”

    Paul Maxted, previously the In house Legal Adviser and Company Secretary nearly 20 years, all Financial Services related companies in UK for Daimler, Mercedes-Benz

  • “I have had the pleasure of working with several members of the team at Laceys regularly over a period of years. I found Rob Kelly in particular, who worked on a successful litigation case for me over a period of several years to be outstanding in all aspects of the work he undertook, and the manner in which he did it. I now consider him a friend. I would not - and have not - hesitated to recommend Laceys to my family and friends, and continue to use them for all legal matters.”

    Dan Collins

  • “ I just wanted to thank you for your great work on the professional negligence case and other cases you have represented Indian Ocean and Tiien through the last few years.”

    Mehdi Vahdati, Director and Proprietor - Indian Ocean (Bournemouth) Limited

  • “I've worked with a fair few lawyers over the years and Rob Kelly is the most on the ball and efficient lawyers I've ever come across. I'm looking forward to working together for many years to come.”

    Roger Woodall, CEO - Diamond Sporting Group

Rob is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (September 2009).  Rob also holds an LLB (Hons) degree in law.  He successfully completed training as a mediator under the ADR Chambers / Harvard Law Project Scheme and was one of the first mediators to have been appointed an IMI Certified Mediation Advocate in the UK with a commercial practice.

Rob specialises in dispute resolution through litigation, arbitration and mediation, with particular emphasis on contractual disputes, claims involving allegations of professional negligence (which he has prosecuted on behalf of commercial and private clients and defended on behalf of insurers, re-insurers and Lloyd’s syndicates). He is regularly instructed in connection with substantial disputes involving contractual, professional negligence, contentious probate issues.  Rob also deals with contentious property and landlord and tenant issues.

Rob’s style is a mix of listening, asking (tough) questions, diplomacy and reality testing. He’s interested, flexible, and pragmatic. He offers a common sense, realistic approach to assist his clients in searching for solutions to their disputes and brings straight talking and integrity to his work.

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