Published: August 11, 2020 | Updated: August 17, 2020

Dorset Biz News round-up featuring Steele Raymond, The Tank Museum and Coles Miller

Laura Offer who has joined Steele Raymond’s dispute resolution team.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Steele Raymond’s dispute resolution team continues to grow

Bournemouth law firm Steele Raymond LLP has continued its growth with the appointment of another property dispute resolution specialist.

Solicitor Laura Offer strengthens the dispute resolution team. bringing a wide range of dispute resolution and property litigation experience.

She joins Steele Raymond from a regional law firm and will work on a wide range of commercial and private dispute matters including complex property disputes and landlord and tenant-based problems.

Laura said: “In my experience of dealing with disputes, an early understanding of what a client actually wants as a commercial and legal outcome is crucial.

“If we can enter constructive and co-operative dialogue between parties early on it helps achieve client objectives as quickly as possible.”

Steele Raymond’s dispute resolution team provides legal advice and guidance to business and individuals on company and contractual disputes, construction disputes, intellectual property disputes, employment law and HR, landlord and tenant disputes.

Peter Rolph, Managing Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution team, said: “Laura has an impressive record in dealing with property disputes.

“Her knowledge in property related disputes will complement the services already offered by Hannah Dare and Amelia Williams for our clients and the wider services offered by our property group.”

Laura is the latest solicitor to join the firm’s dispute resolution team with the recent appointments of Senior Associate solicitor Amelia Williams and Deborah West as Head of Employment Team.


Plenty of Tiger in the tank as museum stages popular event

With a range of Covid-19 safe measures in place, The Tank Museum successfully held its Tiger Day event over the weekend.

The event, postponed from April, was spread over two days in order to minimise crowding at the Bovington museum.

With a cap that saw only a quarter of the numbers normally attracted to the event demand for tickets well exceeded supply.

Visitors were eager to see Tiger 131 in action and explore the museum’s latest exhibition World War Two: War Stories.

Nik Wyness, Head of Marketing said: “Events are a significant part of our business – and although it has not been business as usual, delivering Tiger Day has been a real boost for the whole organisation.

“We know we are operating in a different world now, but this experience has shown we can adapt to it.”

The Tank Museum was closed for three months and forced to cancel TANKFEST, its major annual fundraising event.

Nik said: “Since re-opening in July we have learned a great deal about how to make our visitors and staff as safe as we reasonably can, whilst attempting to minimise the potential negative impact on the visitor experience.

“These can only be effective if the visitors do their bit – but in virtually every case we can see they appreciate and support what we’re doing to keep them safe.”

Enhanced cleaning, a one-way system and additional cleaning stations were among the protocols introduced to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

But the museum believes listening to its visitors has been crucial to the successful re-opening.

Post-visit surveys have been sent to every visitor since the museum reopened – and the feedback has been used to modify or enhance measures.

Nik said: “How the visitor feels about their safety is now as important as ensuring they have had the best possible visit.

“For example, the feedback we gained made us confident we could implement wearing face coverings a week before the government announced they would become mandatory in museums.”

Visitors have scored the health and safety measures in place at the museum with an average of 9/10 and 67 per cent reported that the protocols in place exceeded their expectations.

The Tank Museum is open every day, with online booking essential to guarantee places.

Tiger Day 14 is set to take place in September, with demand for limited places expected to be high.

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Well done Patrick! National win for trainee solicitor

A Dorset trainee solicitor used his knowledge of environmental, social and governance factors in investments to beat lawyers from all over the country in a Law Society essay competition.

Patrick Herklots, 24, of Coles Miller, pictured left, won the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) Essay Competition: Is There a Role For The Legal Profession In Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Considerations?

Environmental, social and governance factors – driven by EU law – are becoming increasingly important to investors as they evaluate companies in post-Brexit Britain and Europe.

Patrick’s essay highlighted the importance of:

  • impending new regulations
  • the threat of legal action by environmental pressure groups
  • grievance mechanisms, due diligence and ESG policies
  • ESG opportunities including green bonds, green loans and sustainability-linked loans
  • how ESG reporting can help companies to attract and retain long-term investors
  • understanding how ESG considerations are being impacted by Covid-19.

He spent weeks meticulously researching his essay, referencing dozens of sources from legislation, key cases, legal and financial news.

Patrick described ESG as “a fascinating area of the law” because of its growing impact on society through the regulatory reform of sustainable finance and the impact this has on environmental, employment and company law.

Judges were highly impressed by the Patrick’s essay and also those of the two runners-up from London.

JLD Vice-Chair Manda Banerji said: “Their essays were not just good reads but were well structured and researched with strong theoretical knowledge, critical legal analysis and a pragmatic approach to the COVID-19 crisis.

“On behalf of myself and my fellow judges I would like to say how much we enjoyed reading the essays entered this year, which were of a high standard, and appreciate the hard work that went into them.”

Patrick took home the top prize of £500 and also a voucher from financial services group Wesleyan.

Coles Miller Managing Partner Neil Andrews, pictured left, said: “Coles Miller congratulates Patrick on his winning essay.

“He has shown key characteristics for work in law – hard work, research, clear analysis and reporting.

“Well done!”