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Welcome to our Autumn newsletter


The children are back to school, the evenings are drawing in and after a very warm summer are thoughts now refocus to plans and goals for the rest of 2022. Whether you are thinking of moving home, making or updating your will or ensuring that your business is working for you, we’re here to help.


Charity Autumn 2022

Coles Miller Solicitors are raising more than £3,000 for hospitals in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch by sponsoring the Walk for Wards fundraiser originally to be held at Upton Country Park on September 17th 2022 this became a virtual event due to the sad passing of her majesty the Queen. Coles Miller charity events this year include the Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride and a Sahara Desert trek!



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Celebrating 25 Years Of Service

It’s a double celebration for Coles Miller Solicitors where Ruth Elkins and Chris Whittle are both toasting 25 years at the Dorset law firm.  Earlier this year Pam Coniam also achieved 25 years service with the firm.  Senior Partner Roger Leedham said: “Congratulations Ruth and Chris. What an achievement and thank you for all you have done for Coles Miller and our clients over the last 25 years.”

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Summer On The South Coast

What an incredible summer on the south coast! Thousands flocked to the beautiful beaches of Dorset as the temperatures soared this summer. We were proud to sponsor and take part in the National Surf Lifesaving Championships held at Branksome Chine. We were also very pleased to host our Coles Miller summer BBQ at the new 5* hotel in Bournemouth, The Nici. Their staff were delightful, the food was fantastic and the hotel is beautiful!

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Myth Busting

Do Common Law Rights Apply to Unmarried Couples After A Certain Period Of Time?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a 'common law marriage'.




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Divorce Changes – No Fault Divorce

  • No Fault Divorce came into force on 6 April 2022
  • This is the most significant reform to divorce law for 50 years
  • Under the new legislation couples can divorce without having to cite blame
  • The new system will allow both parties to apply on a joint and amicable basis


Leasehold Reform

  • No ground rents on new leases – only a peppercorn ground rent
  • No increases in ground rent on non-statutory lease extensions – only the same rent or lower for the original lease period
  • Ground rents for existing leases will not change – they can remain uncapped (or at least until further legislation is enacted)
  • There will be criminal penalties (fines of £500-£30,000 per qualifying lease) for freeholders/landlords that do not comply.



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