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2409, 2018

Stratford office now open

We are delighted to announce our new Stratford office at 37 Broadway, E15 4BQ is now open. There is a specialist team of qualified and experienced lawyers waiting to help.

3108, 2018

Commercial Property Update: Overage Agreements

Due to recent case law, overage agreements is currently a hot topic for real estate lawyers.

108, 2018

Business leases explained

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 governs business tenancies and has been in force for over 60 years, but what does the Act mean in the world of commercial leases?

407, 2018

The effect of Japanese Knotweed in the property market

Japanese Knotweed is one of the most invasive plants in the UK. It spreads rapidly and can grow up to 10cm a day. It is extremely difficult to eradicate from land and can penetrate foundations, concrete hardstanding and walls, causing considerable damage. The Government has estimated that eradicating it from the UK would cost £2.6 billion.

2206, 2018

Tony Rice, universal credit and third party deductions

When settling an application to suspend a warrant for eviction recently, Mary-Rachel McCabe and Simon Mullings had to find a way to prevent third party deductions legislation from rendering their client destitute. Here, they set out the background to the legislation and the details of the case, and suggest recitals that practitioners may find helpful.

2905, 2018

Edwards Duthie supporting the Mayor’s Charity Appeal

It was to llford Town Hall that Shaun Murphy of solicitors Edwards Duthie headed to recently having been invited to meet Mayor of Redbridge Linda Huggett. Whilst there he was able to hand over a cheque from the company in support of the Mayor's charity appeal, with funds raised going to Haven House and St Francis Hospice.

2905, 2018

Is it time for “no fault” divorce?

If you watched the news or picked up a paper recently, you'll probably be aware of the case of Owens v Owens - a defended divorce case that's gone all the way to trial and is so incredibly rare it has made headlines. Five justices of the Supreme Court heard legal argument and submissions in the case but we do not expect to receive the judgment for a number of weeks.

2105, 2018

Success in removing police caution

Edwards Duthie succeeded in having a caution removed for a client following a domestic incident with his wife.

305, 2018

London Marathon 2018 success

We would like to congratulate our Marathon runners, Bradley, Danielle and Natalie for bravely completing the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

105, 2018

Can I get more money from my ex-partner?

If your circumstances have changed, you can apply to increase or decrease your amount of spousal maintenance. An application to vary a spousal maintenance order can be made at any time during the life of the order.

3004, 2018

Edwards Duthie secure substantial costs award against the Crown Prosecution Service

Edwards Duthie were successful in obtaining a costs award against the Crown Prosecution Service for just over £13,000 following our clients’ acquittal in Crown Court proceedings. Both had been accused of stealing monies from an elderly relative.

2904, 2018

Edwards Duthie secure acquittal in major drugs trial

Edwards Duthie were recently successful in securing an acquittal in a very serious drugs trial conducted at Blackfriars Crown Court. The Defendant was charged with being concerned with the fraudulent importation of heroin and cocaine said to be in the region of approximately £25m.

2004, 2018

A moving video about the importance of Legal Aid

Edwards Duthie client Tony Rice (The Real Daniel Blake) speaks movingly in this video about why legal aid and the work our legal aid lawyers do is so important.

1904, 2018

Drink Driving Fines

It would have caught most people’s notice that the famous entertainer, Ant McPartlin, was recently fined £86,000 having pleaded guilty to drink -driving. This was a record in terms of being the largest fine ever imposed for an offence of this kind.

1704, 2018

London Marathon 2018

We are pleased to announce that Natalie, Danielle and Bradley of Edwards Duthie Solicitors, will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2018. We would greatly appreciate your support and donations.

904, 2018

A very special anniversary

Edwards Duthie celebrate a very special anniversary at Waterman's Hall in London to mark the 50th Anniversary of Charles Newman joining the firm. Starting as a trainee on leaving university, Charles has been with Edwards Duthie throughout the entire half a century and went on to become a Senior Partner at the firm for some 20 years.

304, 2018

Taking prenups into account

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are not yet legally binding in the UK but since the ground breaking case of Radmacher in 2010 the courts are taking these into account as a factor when considering division of the matrimonial assets.

103, 2018

Anna Orpwood – An inspirational businesswomen

I began as a trainee solicitor in 2003 and I am now the youngest Equity Partner within the company, and currently head up the Wanstead branch. I have a mixed practice of private crime and private client work. I act for individuals and companies facing prosecution for matters from road traffic offences to health and safety at work cases. I also specialise in matters regarding wealth management, including drafting wills, powers of attorney, probate and tax planning.

2602, 2018

Putting children first in divorce law

As child focused lawyers at Edwards Duthie we have historically encouraged parties to consider particulars that were not hostile. Since the Court of Appeal decision it is now imperative to get case specific advice when drafting a petition.

202, 2018

A run of bad luck leaves one man struggling to make sense of the UK benefits system

Our Client, Tony Rice explains how a run of bad luck can leave you struggling to make sense of the UK benefits system. He was left with no income and at risk of losing the roof over his head. Can he find his way through a bafflingly complex maze of rules? Put yourself in his shoes by reading the full article on BBC News (link below).

1112, 2017

Successful Outcome in Drugs Trial

Edwards Duthie acted for a client who was accused of conspiracy to supply cocaine. There were two other Co-Defendants in the trial.

112, 2017

How to protect your driving licence

For many, a driving licence is an important qualification that you never want to lose. The loss of a driving licence can be devastating. It could be the end of your job or the cause of enormous personal problems. Breach of driving laws can attract not only fines, but also the loss of your licence.

1311, 2017

Entry in the Legal 500

Edwards Duthie have secured an entry in the Legal 500 as one of the leading lawyers in Housing law.

511, 2017

Are women missing out on pension at divorce?

Pension sharing is an important part of the divorce law and process in the UK but nevertheless statistics show that women may be losing out on around “5billion” per annum in pensions at divorce.

411, 2017

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are not yet legally binding in the UK but since the ground breaking case of Radmacher in 2010 the courts have started to take these agreements into account as a factor in their decision making process when considering division of the matrimonial assets.

311, 2017

Chambers UK Guide for lawyers

We are delighted to announce that once again Edwards Duthie appear as one of the leading firms in London for Criminal Law.

810, 2017

A successful half marathon for charity

Bradley Wright raising funds in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity by completing the Royal Parks London half marathon

210, 2017

The Law Commission declares that Sentencing Law is too complicated

The Law Commission have embarked on a process of consultation to simplify the sentencing provisions which are available to Judges and Magistrates in criminal cases.

210, 2017

Flexible Criminal Courts

The Court Service has introduced controversial plans to introduce flexibility into the sitting hours of Courts, with a view to a pilot being conducted in six Courts throughout the country.

110, 2017

Introducing Albert George

Edwards Duthie are very pleased to announce that Albert George has decided to join us as a Consultant

1409, 2017

The cost of disrepair

Is a dilapidations covenant on the lease of a commercial property usual?

2008, 2017

Wanstead Fringe Event

Edwards Duthie Solicitors are proud to sponsor The Wanstead Fringe Event 2017 The Wanstead Fringe will take place between 9 and 16 September 2017. It’s the fifth Wanstead Fringe, and will be by [...]

1407, 2017

Extending the lease on a property

A new lease Kavita Rana, a solicitor at Edwards Duthie on extending the lease on a property I've just bought my first flat and am thinking of extending the lease. Is this [...]

706, 2017

Unravelling business rates

Unravelling business rates Tiffany Wan, a solicitor specialising in commercial property at Edwards Duthie, on what’s all the fuss about business rates. Why are business rates such a hot topic at the moment? [...]

2804, 2017

Nothing is impossible

This was my first marathon and I was honoured to be able to run and raise money for the Starlight children’s foundation; who grant wishes for terminally ill children. My nerves on the [...]

2804, 2017

An emotional and amazing day

Natalie Bunn was also sponsored by Edwards Duthie and successfully completed her first marathon in 6 hours 28 minutes. Whilst running she said the crowds were such a great encouragement and they inspired [...]

404, 2017

New partners announced

We are delighted to announce that Kavita Rana is now a partner and also Anna Orpwood is an equity partner. All our current partners welcome them and wish them the very best for the future. [...]

304, 2017

New Wanstead Office Celebrations

Edwards Duthie Solicitors entertained a number of distinguished guests at the Longhorn Restaurant in Wanstead on the March 2. The occasion was to celebrate the opening of Edwards Duthie’s new office at 149 High [...]

903, 2017

Full Steam Ahead

Edwards Duthie solicitor Kavita Rana on her journey into law and why she loves working in a company with history Kavita Rana knew she wanted to be a solicitor at 14 years [...]

603, 2017

Legal Aid Agency – Review of Edwards Duthie

Edwards Duthie Solicitors - Successful Review From time to time the Legal Aid Agency undertake a review of our files to ensure that quality standards are maintained. A recent review was concluded by [...]

2302, 2017

Opening Times at our Wanstead Office

Opening Times at our Wanstead Office We are pleased to announce our opening times, at our new office at 149 High Street, Wanstead, London E11 2RL. Our new opening times are: Monday: [...]

602, 2017

Representation before the Nursing & Midwifery Council

Edwards Duthie have been successful in two cases before the Nursing & Midwifery Council concerning allegations brought against a Registered Nurse. In one case we were successful in challenging allegations of cruelty and [...]

1601, 2017

Wanstead Office

Edwards Duthie Solicitors - Wanstead Office We are delighted to announce the opening of our new office at 149 High Street, Wanstead, London E11 2RL. Edwards Duthie have been based in the [...]

711, 2016

Chambers & Partners Directory 2017

What the team is known for Long-standing criminal defence team with notable experience in complex and serious cases such as murder, rape and child sexual offences. Also recognised for its representation of medical [...]

405, 2016

Edwards Duthie has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence

Edwards Duthie has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Three Best Rated as one of the Top Three Personal Injury Solicitors in Redbridge London.

305, 2016

Littlestone & Others v Macleish [2016] EWCA Civ. 127

Edwards Duthie’s senior commercial consultant litigation lawyer, Nick Macleish had a resounding success recently in the Court of Appeal. The appeal and cross-appeal in Littlestone & Others v Macleish [2016] EWCA Civ. 127 were heard [...]

205, 2016

Award Winning Year for Edwards Duthie Continues

Edwards Duthie have been awarded Mental Health Law Firm of the Year as part of Lawyer Monthly’s Legal Awards 2015. This is a most welcome recognition of the hard work and dedication of the staff [...]

105, 2016

*NEW* Personal Injury Website

New Personal Injury Section We have launched a brand new, dedicated Personal Injury Section for compensation claims. This will aid clients in getting a further understanding about what compensation you could be owed [...]

2504, 2016

Edwards Duthie Successfully Assists Client in Suing the City of London Police

Edwards Duthie acted for a member of the Communication Workers Union in his efforts to seek compensation from the police who unlawfully forced entry into his home, with the intention of seeking to make an [...]

2404, 2016

Edwards Duthie Secure Removal of Police Caution

There is increasing concern about the tendency of the police to issue official cautions against persons who have been arrested, regardless of the strength of the evidence.  There is often a risk that this can [...]

2304, 2016

Edwards Duthie Expertise in Criminal Law Recognised in Legal 500 Awards 2015

Our firm and Senior Partner, Shaun Murphy, have been recognised for expertise in Criminal Law in the Legal 500 UK Awards 2015.  This year’s awards list Edwards Duthie among the leading Criminal Law Practices in [...]

2204, 2016

Court of Appeal Victory in Regina v Mula

Edwards Duthie successfully appealed the conviction of a young man accused of assaulting an elderly gentleman in the Dagenham area in 2011. Having been convicted after a retrial (the first jury being undecided), the Court [...]

2104, 2016

Duthie’s Careers Advice Programme

Edwards Duthie's criminal department has spent significant time in schools in the surrounding area recently assisting budding lawyers with their career choices. Amy Meech, Daniel Cohen and Phillip Law have spent time in Bancrofts School [...]

2103, 2016

Mental Capacity Deathbed Codicil

Mr Justice Newey in the High Court Chancery Division has upheld a codicil by which a very sick man left a £12,000 annuity together with a life interest in his home to his cohabitant/partner Mrs [...]

2102, 2016

East Ham man acquitted of Attempted Murder

A young East Ham man was successfully represented by Edwards Duthie over the course of three trials relating to the same incident. The defendant was accused of the attempted murder of Mathan Selvarajah in the [...]

2101, 2016

Home & Office Fire Extinguishers Limited

Nick MacLeish, assisted by Toby Walker, acted for Guy Rodliffe and Home & Office Fire Extinguishers Limited in this family dispute and a battle for management of the former family company. Guy Rodliffe maintained that [...]

2112, 2015

Edwards Duthie wins landmark case in Supreme Court

Press release – Supreme Court upholds Court of Appeal decision – thousands of the poorest people in society will benefit (SSWP v Payne and Cooper) The claimants, Ms Payne (1) and Ms Cooper (2), [...]

2111, 2015

Introductory Tenant Regains Security of Tenure

Adrian Brazier of our Community Law Department recently successfully represented his client to regain security of tenure. The Defendant (our client) is a single mother who was granted an Introductory Tenancy by the Claimant authority on the [...]

2110, 2015

Edwards Duthie Successfully Defend a Pharmacist

Shaun Murphy recently appeared before the General Pharmaceutical Council to represent a pharmacist who had been accused of sexual assault against a colleague at work. The pharmacist had previously been tried for the same [...]

2110, 2015

The Case of ‘M’ and the Need for Living Wills

Living Wills, also known as Advance Directives, are a written record of your wishes as to the medical treatment and care you would want to receive if you were incapacitated and were unable to make [...]

2109, 2015

Successful Outcome in the Court of Appeal

Successful-Outcome-in-Claim-Against-the-Daily-Mail Edwards Duthie successfully represented a client who appealed against his convictions for indecent assault to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).  The Court quashed the convictions, accepting the criticisms that were [...]

2108, 2015

Substantial Compensation for the Victim of a Miscarriage of Justice

Edwards Duthie have recently concluded a case for a client which resulted in convictions for serious sexual offences being quashed and substantial compensation being paid to him. In 1990 Mr. AB was sentenced to 12 [...]

2107, 2015

Landlord Loses Right to Enforce Possession Order

Adrian Brazier of our Community Law Department recently won a case based on a legal technicality (published in the LAG Magazine, November 2011 edition). A private landlord granted an assured shorthold tenancy for a fixed [...]

2106, 2015

R (Ethos Recycling) v Dagenham Magistrates’ Court

Edwards Duthie was involved in a landmark decision in the Administrative Court as to the definition of “summary proceedings” as it applies to the Environmental Protection Act 1990.  This was an important case which was [...]

2105, 2015

Compensation for Poor Medical Advice

A woman has been awarded damages after she was given poor advice by a doctor treating her for injuries she sustained in a car accident. Lucy Borez, 58, was travelling as a passenger in a [...]

2104, 2015

Worker Injured By Vibrating Tools Wins £60,000

A young father who developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and was subsequently forced to give up his skilled trade has been awarded compensation for his injury. Ben Wright, now 29, started work as an [...]

2103, 2015

Pedestrian Awarded Record £2.75 Million Compensation

A property tycoon who suffered brain damage after being knocked down on a zebra crossing has been awarded a £2.75 million payout. Pamela Green, 74, was crossing the road near her house while out walking [...]

2102, 2015

Payout for Air Passenger Injured by Metal Cabinet

A woman who was injured on an airline flight when returning from holiday has won £6,500 in compensation. The woman was flying back from a holiday in Kuala Lumpur.  She was in the toilet cubicle [...]

2101, 2015

Millions in Compensation for Delayed Diagnosis

A boy who suffered heart failure as a result of a delay in diagnosing his medical condition has won compensation that could run to millions of pounds. Shoaib Dawlatshahi, who was nearly three years of [...]

2112, 2014

Master Carpenter Wins Asbestos Compensation

A recent case illustrates that, contrary to popular conception, the risk of developing an asbestos-related illness is not confined to ship and dockyard workers or those who have worked in heavy industry as laggers and [...]

2111, 2014

Five-Figure Damages for Workplace Fall

A carpenter who was forced to retire after he was injured in a fall at work has been awarded a five-figure sum in compensation. Michael Perrin, 51, was working as a carpenter at a hospital [...]

2110, 2014

Damages for Wet Platform Slip

A woman who had to ‘cancel Christmas’ after she slipped on the platform at a railway station has won compensation for her injuries. In November 2006, Margot Keats, 61, was on her way to do [...]

2109, 2014

£41,500 Payout After Goalpost Collapse

A man who was badly injured when a metal goalpost fell on his head has been awarded £41,500 in damages after his case was heard in the Court of Appeal. Michael Hall, 45, was playing [...]

2108, 2014

Security Guard Wins £180,000 for Psychological Trauma

A security guard who suffered severe psychological trauma after being assaulted at work has been awarded compensation as a result. James Maher, 56, was working as a security guard for the London Borough of Waltham [...]

2107, 2014

Risk Minimisation Necessary, Says Court

A recent decision has underlined that it is important for employers to operate risk minimisation strategies when mechanical handling equipment is being used: the mere assessment of potential risks is not enough. The case concerned [...]

2106, 2014

NHS Compensation on the Rise

The amount of compensation paid to people left with surgical equipment inside them after they have undergone surgery has risen dramatically in recent years. At the same time, the number of patients killed as a [...]

2105, 2014

Cash Machine Worker Wins Damages for Tesco Fall

A cash machine maintenance worker, who slipped outside a Tesco supermarket, has been awarded £10,500 in compensation. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was working for Group 4 Securicor replenishing a cash machine outside [...]

2104, 2014

Car Smash Compensation Increased by 50 per cent

A man who was involved in a road traffic accident took court proceedings after the insurers of the driver responsible failed to come up with a reasonable offer of compensation. The accident happened when a [...]

3103, 2014

We are moving

We are moving on the 31st March 2014 Our firm has operated from an office in the Barking Road for over 90 years and we have acted for generations of clients in Plaistow, Canning Town [...]

2103, 2014

Boy Awarded £1,800 for Sports Shop Mishap

An 11-year-old boy who was struck by a trolley whilst trying on trainers in a sportswear shop has been awarded £1,800 in damages. The accident occurred after the boy sat down to try on some [...]

2102, 2014

£240,000 for Asbestos-Related Disease

The family of a 60-year-old teacher who died of an asbestos-related disease have won their claim for compensation. Terence Dugdale was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer that attacks the lining of the lung, after he [...]

3101, 2014

Edwards Duthie Achieve Recognition in the Super Lawyers 2014 Magazine

Edwards Duthie is pleased to announce that they have received three Super Lawyer rankings and three Rising Star rankings in the Super Lawyers 2014 Magazine. Super Lawyers recognises solicitors who have achieved excellence in the practice of [...]

2101, 2014

25000 Pound Payout for Food Poisoning

A man who became seriously ill after contracting food poisoning at a Chinese restaurant has been awarded £25,000 in damages. The unnamed man contracted salmonella, an infection caused by the presence of the bacteria in [...]

2112, 2013

Man Crushed to Death Cleaning Ten Pin Bowling Alley Machine

Ms Riffat Yaqub is acting for the widow of Mr Dela Cruz who was tragically crushed to death whilst cleaning a ten pin bowling machine in Hollywood Bowl, Beckton. Mitchells & Butler Retail Limited, which [...]

2111, 2013

House of Lords Appeal and the European Court

Edwards Duthie act for a doctor who was granted leave to intervene in the Countryside Alliance Appeal for the House of Lords.  Whilst that appeal was unsuccessful, Edwards Duthie have now been notified that following [...]

2110, 2013

Youth Acquitted of Murder at Beckton Showcase

A youth, accused of murder and represented by Phillip Law of Edwards Duthie, was acquitted upon the direction of Recorder of London earlier this month. An incident occurred in Beckton on 19 February 2010 which [...]

2109, 2013

Opening of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Department

We are delighted to announce the opening of our Human Fertilisation and Embryology legal advice service.  We advise clients in relation to: Surrogacy arrangements in England and Wales International surrogacy arrangements Donor conception for same [...]

2108, 2013

Successful Outcome in Claim Against the Daily Mail

Edwards Duthie successfully settled a potential claim on behalf of a client, Anna Begum, for defamation against the Daily Mail without having to issue Court proceedings.   We also secured a successful outcome to a complaint [...]

2107, 2013

Legal Precedent in Employment Appeal Tribunal Victory

Cartamundi UK Limited v Mrs P Worboyes UKEAT/0096/09 www.employmentappeals.gov.uk/Public/Upload/09_0096rjfhCEA.doc Edwards Duthie advised Mrs. Worboyes in a three year legal battle which culminated in the Employment Appeals Tribunal ruling on a new point in English Law. [...]

2106, 2013

Appointment of Senior Solicitors

Edwards Duthie is very pleased to announce three senior solicitors from Mullinger Banks Solicitors based in London, E15 will be joining Edwards Duthie as consultants from 1st October 2011. Arthur Mullinger is a specialist commercial lawyer [...]

2105, 2013

Imam v The General Medical Council

Shaun Murphy, Senior Partner of Edwards Duthie appeared for the doctor in a High Court appeal against the decision of the General Medical Council.  Mr Murphy prepared the case and also acted as the advocate for the [...]

2104, 2013

Funding Circle, not banks, will save SMEs

Arthur Mullinger, who recently joined Edwards Duthie as a commecial law consultant, advised the founders of www.fundingcircle.com.  This new internet startup went in under nine months from an idea on a piece of paper through [...]

2103, 2013

Acquittal in Stolen Shoes Case

Edwards Duthie successfully represented our client who appeared at Basildon Crown Court charged with dishonestly handling stolen Kurt Geiger shoes to the value of £193,000. The case was dismissed at the close of the Prosecution [...]

2102, 2013

eflash – Francis v (1) Brent Housing Partnership Ltd (2) Brent LBC (3) Williams

Simon Mullings acted for the appellant in a case where the Court of Appeal has held that the effect of an agreement, under which the appellant was temporarily decanted from her home, was that the [...]

2101, 2013

Higher Courts Advocates

Edwards Duthie is pleased to announce that they have increased the number of solicitors in their Criminal Department who are now able to exercise Higher Rights of Audience in the Crown Court and Higher Courts, [...]

2112, 2012

Family Law – Conflict of Laws

Re I (a Child) (2009) Edwards Duthie were involved in proceedings before the Supreme Court concerning issues of international jurisdiction of the court for a child who was lawfully outside the European Union.  This [...]

2110, 2012

Appointment of New Partners

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Alex Gilbert and Rebecca Manson as Salaried Partners as from 1st October 2012. Alex obtained his law degree at the University of Sheffield in June 2005 and went on [...]

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