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World Environmental Day

Katy-Mae Smith
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World Environment Day is celebrated annually to encourage awareness and action for the protection of our environment.  As a law firm based on a local farm we are always very aware of our local environment and at this time of year seeing the new lambs...

A House Divided

Steven Petty
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Abraham Lincoln famously said “A house divided against itself, cannot stand.” As we watch the current election campaign play out, I cannot help but be struck by those words. Over the last ten years we seem to have become increasingly polarised on...

Exercise, a Mental Health Lifeline: Move it or Lose it

Malik Liaquat
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It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year's theme is all about movement: "Movement: Moving for our Mental Health." This focus on physical activity highlights a powerful tool we often overlook: exercise. Exercise isn't just about...

Life at Feldon Dunsmore from our D.O.G.S

Katy-Mae Smith
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A slightly different blog post to share with you all this week as we thought it would be really insightful to hear from our very own directors of general sociability or D.O.G.S as they attend regular meetings and social events, usually hunting for...

Feldon Dunsmore Fundraising

Mia Kelleher
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As we head towards the end of the financial year, we have started to reflect on how fortunate we have been to have been so busy this year with our legal work. We have also made a conscious effort to keep ourselves busy with doing other good work,...

YOUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY? THE PRINCIPLE OF AD MEDIUM FILUM

Heidi Erlandsen
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‘Ad medium filum’ is a Latin phrase which means ‘up to the middle line’. It is a rebuttable presumption that an owner of land which adjoins either a public or private highway, or a non-tidal river or stream also owns the highway or...

National Careers Week

Bethan Blackburn
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This National Careers Week we are reflecting on the various events at local schools we have recently attended and our dedication to training and development early talent. As a firm we are proud to have a strong commitment to training and development of...

Looking to pursue a career in Commercial Property Law?

Katy-Mae Smith
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Last week myself and Simran attended our first career fair at a local school, we had many conversations with students of different year groups ranging from Year 7 to Year 11. We found that students were asking lots of questions about who we are and what we...

What changes are proposed in the leasehold & freehold reform bill?

Matthew Mansfield
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The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill 2023-24 (LFRB) was introduced to Parliament on 27 th November 2023. One area the LFRB looks to substantially alter is the law surrounding leasehold enfranchisement (the right of a leaseholder of a house to acquire the...

Is holiday letting a breach of a covenant?

Bethany Isard
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Is short-term holiday letting a breach of a covenant to use a property as "a private dwelling"? This question is one which crops up a lot when we act for clients looking to purchase investment property and also when we act for lenders who want...

Twas the Few Weeks Before Christmas

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As 2023 comes to an end, the Feldon Dunsmore team are working hard to conclude completions in preperation for the festive break.   Due to the busy nature of this time of year, it can be very easy for individuals to isolate themselves under the...

Its the most wonderful time of the year

Katy-Mae Smith
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Wow... how are we almost mid way through December? Feldon Dunsmore has continued to spread its Christmas cheer by sending out Christmas wreaths to clients, its been wonderful to hear they are taking pride of place on clients front doors. I would like...

Are we entering an artificial world?

Matthew Mansfield
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Since the turn of the 21st Century technology has progressed at a rapid rate, with many professions using new technologies to adapt, change and improve. We have seen in healthcare technology has slowly been integrated to help with the diagnosis of diseases...

FELDON DUNSMORE'S YEARLY ROUND UP (IN PICTURES!)

Bethany Isard
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As we start to get into the Christmas rush, its also nice to take some time to reflect on our achievements and events throughout the year. As the FD team have attended so many events this year, we thought it would be best to round up in pictures! None of...

Feldon Dunsmore's Lake District Three Peaks Challenge 2023

Sophie Read
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On the 8th of September, myself and 5 members of the team at Feldon Dunsmore completed the Lake District Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Helping Hands Community Project. The challenge consisted of climbing to the top of three of the highest points in the...

Getting ready for Christmas networking

Bethany Isard
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 It seems strange mentioning Christmas in mid-October but for the legal profession, October is the start of our festive networking where the outings in Christmas jumpers and hot chocolates are plentiful, there is always something for everyone. This...

What does BHM mean to me

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Virtue Signaling – an attempt to show other people that you are a good person. Black square on your Instagram grid, taking the knee before sporting events, posing with black high-profile individuals are all arguably examples of this. Are you a good...

Helping Hands Community Project

Katy-Mae Smith
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This week I had the opportunity along with the rest of the team to speak to Lianne from Helping Hands Community Project, which is the local charity Feldon Dunsmore are supporting this year. Lianne talked to us about who they are and the wonderful help and...

Life at Feldon Dunsmore Solicitors

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I started working at Feldon Dunsmore Solicitors as a Paralegal on the 15th of May 2023. Therefore, I am approaching four months with the firm. In this blog post I would like to discuss my first few months at Feldon Dunsmore, for those looking to start...

Harvey's Memorial Garden

Katy-Mae Smith
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On Wednesday we opened up our new garden area and space where we held a memorial tree planting ceremony in loving memory of our dear friend and colleague Harvey Gibbs. We invited close family, old colleagues and clients to join us for a curry (we all know...

Welcome to the Firm

Katy-Mae Smith
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We are delighted to welcome Simran and Sarah to the Feldon Dunsmore team. Simran joins us as a paralegal providing support to all members of the team but more particularly helping our plot sales manager Aimee on various plot sales. Simran is a real all...

Training at Feldon Dunsmore

Heidi Erlandsen
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Feldon Dunsmore is a specialist commercial property firm, and we also act on a small number of residential transactions. Training at Feldon Dunsmore provides an opportunity to be involved in both areas, and the general structure that is followed is 6 months...

Feldon Dunsmore Launches Solicitors Apprenticeship Scheme and New Head of Early Talent

Steven Petty
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Our approach to growing the business has always been based on developing early talent.  Each year we invite graduates to spend a week with us to experience life at a niche law firm and for the first time this year we have a separate programme for...

Beth and Heidi promoted to Trainee Solicitors

Sophie Read
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We are delighted to announce that Beth Sealey and Heidi Erlandsen have been promoted from paralegals to trainee solicitors with us at Feldon Dunsmore Solicitors. The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is the new way to qualify as a solicitor in England and...

End of an era, beginning of a chapter

Bethany Isard
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It has been a tough few weeks here at Feldon Dunsmore, first with the heart-breaking news of the passing of our dear Harvey, and then the retirement of Patricia Williams. All of their knowledge over the years has been invaluable and I know I am speaking on...

How I Passed my SQE 2 Exams

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Following on from my success with my SQE 1, I completed the first sitting of the SQE 2 in April 2022 and set out below my approach to studying which helped me to achieve 89%. See my tips and advice on how I passed my SQE 1 exams here .  The SQE 2...

Being, Woman

Bethany Isard
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There are so many things to celebrate about being a woman and International Women’s Day focuses on celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year, the theme for the UN International Women's Day is...

Being, Women

Bethany Isard
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There are so many things to celebrate about being a woman and International Women’s Day focuses on celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year, the theme for the UN International Women's Day is...

Changes to Energy Efficiency Minimum Standards from 1 April 2023

Sophie Read
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1 April 2023 is a crucial date for landlords who let commercial property. It is the date under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard Regulations (MEES Regulations), that all relevant leased commercial property must have an Energy Performance Certificate...

A day at Warwick Races....

Paul Harrison
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We are delighted to again be sponsoring the feature race of the day at Warwick Races. The Feldon Dunsmore Budbrooke Chase is always a competitive affair and continues our long standing support for the local course. Last year saw odds on favourite Espoir De...

Feldon Dunsmore has joined Instagram!

Beth Sealey
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Instagram is one of the top social media platforms of today with 1 billion monthly active users. It is used globally to share pictures and videos of just about anything within the community guidelines. Individuals can share memories, follow friends, post...

It's Just the Sun Rising

Steven Petty
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I’m back into the swing of my Friday morning walks in the dark with Beatle but even before sunrise there is plenty of interest. This morning featured a competition between the dawn chorus and the tawny owls in the trees surrounding my house hooting to...

Neighbour Refusing Access For Repairs?

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Although most of us enjoy good relations with our neighbours, relationships can sometimes be strained. This is often put to the test when one neighbour requires access to the others property in order to undertake repairs/works that cannot be carried out...

Lease or licence?

Sophie Read
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A licence is a personal right granted by a licensor to a licensee to do something which would otherwise be a trespass.  This could be in the form of a grazing licence, licence to occupy property or licence to use a right of way amongst many other types...

The Team

Steven Petty
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As I was walking my dog (and Director of General Sociability at Feldon Dunsmore), Beatle in pitch darkness this morning (a particularly odd thing to do with a black dog – more on why in a moment) it struck me what a great team we make.  Despite...

Mortgage Repossessions - who remembers the 1990s?

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For most property lawyers the days when they regularly received enquiries from clients who were in danger of having their homes repossessed by their mortgage lender are a distant memory. Indeed, I am sure that many conveyancers had not even been born when...

Feldon Dunsmore Annual Christmas wreaths

Katy-Mae Smith
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Wow I cannot believe we are now in December; this year seems to have flown by. I don’t know about you, I did all of my Christmas shopping in September and wrapped it all. So, I have been able to enjoy the run up to Christmas and putting my...

Can being more resilient in the workplace help to avoid burn-out?

Beth Sealey
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The ever-evolving advances in technology have undoubtedly increased procedural efficiency in the legal sector. Platforms such as DocuSign mean that clients no longer have to provide their wet signature for certain documents. Online Data Rooms including...

Supporting local this Christmas

Sophie Read
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As December draws closer and following a successful year of charitable events for our chosen charities, we have been trying to think what we can do to support the local community this Christmas. With the cost of living crisis we are very aware this Christmas...

Remember Remember the 5th of November

Katy-Mae Smith
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Feldon Dunsmore, along with other local businesses, has sponsored Warwick Town Bonfire and Firework display for the last two years. They have secured a stunning location based at Warwick Racecourse and this year saw crowds of over 6,000 people attend, with...

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Steven Petty
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As we continue on our journey towards achieving B-corp status, I’ve been looking into some of the ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. One unexpected opportunity for reducing our energy use is email. Statisa reports that total email traffic in...

Careers Fair Cacti at the University of Warwick

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Earlier this week, Mohammed, Katy-Mae and I attended the University of Warwick Lax Expo 2022, a careers fair designed to give students considering a career in law the opportunity to speak to individuals who work in the legal sector. It also gives the...

Conveyancing Searches - What are they?

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“I’m in a rush to complete my house purchase and know the area well, so can we forget about doing the searches?” This is a question that is occasionally asked by some house buyers. If the buyer is having a mortgage, then the short answer...

Riparian Rights and the 'Hedge and Ditch' Rule

Bethany Isard
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Hedge and Ditch Rule There is a legal boundary presumption when it comes to drainage ditches and hedges; “"No man, making a ditch, can cut into his neighbour’s soil, but usually he cuts it to the very extremity of his own land: he is of...

New profiles and new perspectives at Feldon Dunsmore

Sophie Read
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It has been an exciting month at Feldon Dunsmore, we have welcomed new and familiar faces to the team and all undertaken DiSC Workplace profiling. Aimee, our plot sales manager, has returned from maternity leave and two new paralegals, Greg and Heidi have...

My London Marathon Quest for Guide Dogs

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Following several months of training (and lots of complaining!), I will be running the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Training for the 26.2-mile event began in March and since then, I’ve trained 3-4 times a week, building...

ESG, B-Corp and Social Responsibility

Steven Petty
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The world seems to be full of acronyms and it’s hard to keep up as new ones slip into the business lexicon.  Up until relatively recently, ESG hadn’t featured in my personal glossary until it was raised with us by our PI insurers as the...

New laws affecting overseas companies involved in property transactions

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Provisions affecting companies and other entities registered overseas have recently come into force under the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 and Schedule 4A of the Land Registration Act 2021. The new laws are intended to increase...

New laws affecting overseas companies involved in property transactions

Katy-Mae Smith
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Provisions affecting companies and other entities registered overseas have recently come into force under the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 and Schedule 4A of the Land Registration Act 2021. The new laws are intended to increase...

Buy to Let - Still a Good Investment?

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Landlords have enough concerns at the moment about the likely impact on their tenants of the seemingly never-ending increases in the cost of living. However, landlords who let residential property in England (and anyone who is thinking of moving into the...

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