Dorset solicitor elected to highest county office

Blanchards Bailey Principal Paul Dunlop has taken office as president of the Dorset Law Society.

He has pledged to develop training and increase membership after being elected at the 183-year-old organisation’s annual meeting.

Paul, who joined Blanchards Bailey in 2013, is head of Litigation and Disputes and also the firm’s Agriculture team. He is recognised in the Legal 500 as one of the UK’s leading lawyers in his field.

Emma Needham, who is a Senior Associate at Blanchard Bailey and specialises in Wills and Estate Administration, was elected as vice-president.

Blanchards Bailey is based in Blandford with offices in Dorchester, Shaftesbury and Weymouth.

Paul, who has become Blanchards Bailey’s first ever president of the Dorset Law Society, said: “It is a great privilege to be elected to this role.

“Our members work in a highly regulated profession and are committed to providing the highest quality of legal services.

“I am looking forward to continuing the society’s renaissance of recent years, and aim to focus on developing training as well as growing our membership.

“It is important that we have a spirit of openness with members talking to each other, sharing their views and collaborating on issues of mutual benefit.”

Paul succeeded Martin Varley as president.

The Dorset Law Society has more than 160 members and is the county representative for the Law Society of England and Wales. One of the most popular events on its calendar is its annual dinner, which is being held in May this year.

Paul takes office as Blanchards Bailey celebrates winning a hat-trick of titles at the Dorset Legal Awards: Law Firm of the Year (up to 99 employees), Company Commercial Team of the Year, and Private Client Team of the Year.

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