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Government launches trans employment guidelines

  The UK Government are set to promote set of new guidelines for employers detailing the recruitment of transgender employees. The guide is produced by membership organisation Employers and the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and aims to advise employers on how to recruit, retain and make the most of the transgender talent within their organisation. […]

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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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Merthyr’s First LGBT+ Club Night

To celebrate LGBT+ history month, Hope Not Hate and Visible Merthyr are organising a unique historical moment in Merthyr’s history […]

Interim Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton takes charge

Interim Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton takes charge

London’s new interim Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton took up her post from 1st January, becoming the first woman appointed to […]

Tony Fenwick Receives an MBE

Tony Fenwick Receives an MBE in the New Year Honours

Tony Fenwick, CEO of Schools OUT UK, the founders of LGBT History Month, has been awarded an MBE at the […]

School’s Out issue statement on Julie Bindel appearance

Schools OUT UK wishes to make a statement concerning the proposed appearance of Julie Bindel at The Working Class Movement […]

George Michael dies at home in Oxfordshire

Fans and the LGBT community are united in their grief over the death of openly gay pop singer George Michael, […]

Dyfed-Powys Police introduce LGBT Liaison Officers

Dyfed-Powys Police introduce LGBT Liaison Officers, in a move that recognises that LGBT needs are far wider than Hate Crime. […]