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Latest in the ‘gay cake’ row

A YouGov poll has examined public opinion on the row over a bakery’s refusal to make a pro-gay cake and revealed two-thirds of British adults disagree with the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland’s decision to launch legal action. Asher’s Bakery in Northern Ireland refused to bake a cake which had a pro-gay marriage slogan on […]

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Surrogacy: Ten things you should know

By Claire Wood, Lawyer, Kingsley Napley LLP Same-sex marriage may now be legal, but surrogacy remains a legal minefield in the UK. Surrogacy is an increasingly popular route to parenthood for gay couples, enabling them to have a child genetically connected to one of them. UK based couples should, however, be fully aware of the […]

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Law change on nuptial agreements

  By Charlotte Bradley, head of family law, Kingsley Napley LLP The Law Commission has unveiled proposals to give greater legal recognition to nuptial agreements. Pre-and post nups, as they are known (or, for civil partners, ‘Pre-Cips’ as they are colloquially described) have been growing in popularity for several years now despite the fact they […]

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DBS Law nominated for top customer service award

DBS Law staff and management are celebrating today having been shortlisted for the coveted Law Society Award for Excellence in Client Service. This accolade follows the firm’s receipt of an award from the Government with the Customer Service Excellence standard back in August this year. DBS Law CEO Rob Bhol said “This is a tremendous […]

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UK leads the way on asylum rights

Since 2010 the UK has been ahead of the game in terms of providing a safe haven for lesbian, gay and transgender people fleeing persecution in one of the 80 countries throughout the world where homosexuality remains illegal.  The UK made the headlines with the Case of HJ from Iran and HT from Cameroon v […]

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The Boss Is Responsible For Your Saftey

  The Government has announced its intention to dramatically cut to the number of workplace inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Executive. This would suggest that people today are safer at work than they have ever been.  DBS Law head of personal injury Angela Fitzpatrick says this is far from the case. In my […]

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Adoption – Family Finding

Adopting a child for same sex couples     Far too many children in care are still desperate to find a loving family to look after them. Despite numerous public statements by the Prime Minister about making it easier for couples to adopt the situation has remained unchanged for decades. There are many obstacles for […]

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Court decides business assets are fair game in the dissolution of civil partnerships

The long awaited decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Prest v Petrodel has clarified the position of business assets in divorce cases. The Supreme Court held that the husband was entitled to the properties held by third parties because they were held on trust for him. The court found that the husband […]

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Ask Adrian

Legal Eagle Adrian Barnes is a barrister and Head of Employment at local solicitors DBS Law; he’s here to help Fyne Times readers with their legal queries.  So go on ask Adrian at fynetimes.com Ella from Bartley Green in Birmingham asks.. I’ve just been told by my employer that I’m being made redundant at the […]

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Guilty Comment or Guilty Mind

On paper no one should have to put up with sexist and homophobic abuse at work thanks to the Equality Act that came into force in 2010. Now its provision are beginning to take effect and it’s turning the theory into reality says, Adrian Barnes Head of Employment at DBS Law. The Act provides that […]

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 – Don’t Stand By

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. Don’t stand by is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016. The Holocaust and subsequent genocides […]

MI5 Security Service at the top of Workplace Equality Index 2016

  MI5 has been named as the UK’s most gay friendly employer in the UK after coming top of the […]

Charity welcomes media comments in Parliamentary Report but criticises IPSO

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Trans Media Watch today welcomed the recommendations on media and online services in the report from the Parliamentary Inquiry into […]

Bowie dies, aged 69

Legendary singer and gay icon David Bowie has died at the age of 69, his son Duncan has confirmed. His […]

Clinton speaks out against conversion therapy

  Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has expressed her support for a ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ on social media. The […]

Telegraph political journo streaks down Westminster for Terrence Higgins Trust

Following his pre-election 2015 Twitter boast that if UKIP achieved more than 6 per cent of the national vote he […]