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Published: July 28, 2022 | Updated: July 28, 2022

Biz Briefs featuring: Steele Raymond, Ducati Bournemouth, Breeze Motor Group, AJC Group

Louise Maidment who has returned to Steele Raymond in Bournemouth as Contentious Probate Partner.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Appointment of new Contentious Probate Partner at Steele Raymond

Steele Raymond has welcomed highly experienced Contentious Probate Solicitor Louise Maidment to its growing team in Bournemouth.

Louise joins the law firm as a Partner after six years with Keystone Law.

She brings 15 years of contentious wills and probate experience to a Private Client team which has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years.

Louise is not entirely new to the firm.

Having trained in London, Louise spent five months at Steele Raymond as a newly qualified (NQ) solicitor in 2003, leaving only to be closer to home and to her family.

Louise said: “It’s absolutely wonderful to be back at Steele Raymond.

“I have kept an eye on the firm and its growth over the years and always thought there was the potential to explore a return.

“I have seen many brilliant solicitors, who I know and respect, make the move before me.

“I am thrilled to see the progress that has been made in the 18 years since I left.

“It is amazing to see so many prominent women within the organisation, including a female Managing Partner.

“There are solicitors here who were trainees when I left, but who are now partners and leaders within the firm.”

John Andrews, Partner and specialist in disputed wills, probate and trusts at Steele Raymond, said: “Louise has excelled in her career since her time with Steele Raymond as an NQ.

“We are fortunate to have a solicitor of her calibre and experience back with us.”

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Brand Manager appointed for Ducati Bournemouth

Breeze Motor Group has appointed John Piper to the role of Brand Manager at Ducati Bournemouth which opens later this year.

John, 50, joins Ducati Bournemouth following a 21-year career with Porsche, most recently as Classics Supervisor for Porsche Bournemouth.

He has been a fan of the iconic Italian motorcycle brand since he was a child and has been riding since the age of 17, including taking part in off-road rallies and Enduro.

John, pictured, became a Ducati owner for the first time in 2021 and is now the proud owner of a Panigale V2.

He said: “As a Ducatistia [Ducati motorcycle rider/enthusiast] myself, I understand what the bikes mean to our customers and share their passion.

“I’ll be getting just as excited as our customers when we’re configuring their bikes and unboxing the deliveries will be like Christmas morning every time.

“If anyone just wants to pop in to talk bikes over a cup of coffee, I’m there!”

John’s first role with Ducati Bournemouth will be recruiting the team, including sales executives, technicians and parts advisors,

Vacancies will be posted on ducatibournemouth.co.uk.

Mark Langford, pictured left, Managing Director, Breeze Motor Group, said: “We’re delighted John is joining us as our first appointment for Ducati Bournemouth.

“John’s expectations for Porsche customer service levels combined with his passion for Ducati will help to build strong, long-lasting relationships with our customers.”

Ducati Bournemouth will provide the full range of new and pre-owned Ducati and Scrambler Ducati Motorcycles, aftersales, parts and accessories.

It will open at Unit 4 Bedrock Park, Vulcan Way, Ferndown Industrial Estate, Wimborne, BH21 7PT in the autumn.

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AJC Group named ‘Excellent’ in Considerate Constructors Scheme

Property developer AJC Group has received an ‘Excellent’ rating from the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

It was for works being carried out at its Violet Cross development of 21 affordable new homes for housing association Abri in Hazelbury Bryan.

The AJC Group team received a score of 14/15 in all three categories:

  • Respect the community
  • Care for the environment
  • Value your workforce.

It resulted in a total overall rating of 42/45 Excellent.

Bart Kulka, Site Manager, and Simon Marshall, Assistant Site Manager, pictured, worked hard to achieve the results.

Bart said: “I would like to thank the team for the score as it’s truly a joint effort, everyone contributed.

“I’m proud of being a part of AJC Group, improving the standards and quality of affordable housing in the region.”

It’s the second successive overall ‘Excellent’ rating for work at the site.

Having been visited in February, and receiving 39/45, the team acted on the feedback and bettered the score .

The Considerate Constructors Scheme was founded to raise standards in the construction industry.

AJC Group is based in Poole and operates across the Wessex region.