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Supreme Court upholds gay discrimination ruling

Two Christian hotel owners, Mr and Mrs Bull, have failed in a bid to overturn a Bristol Crown Court ruling that decreed their hotel policy to be directly discriminatory on sexual orientation grounds. The policy, as stated on the hotel’s website, declared that only ‘heterosexual married couples’ could stay in double bedrooms. Mr and Mrs

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Dickensian Poverty in Camden

Child welfare charity Kids Company appears to have lifted the lid on ‘Dickensian’ levels of poverty among children in in Camden. The borough has become the worst for malnutrition in London, with such cases having gone up by 900% in the last five years, reaching a high of 53 in 2012/2013. Elsewhere, reported cases across

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Family Dispute Resolution Week 2013

  The 25th-29th November 2013 saw the second annual Family Dispute Resolution Week courtesy of Resolution. Resolution, formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA), is an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales. A core belief in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters exists at the

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Food Bank Use Triples

The Citizens Advice Bureau has painted a worrying picture as people all over the country struggle to meet living costs. They have reported a 78% rise in enquiries regarding the availability of emergency food parcels, whilst the Trussell Trust has published findings that show the usage of food banks to have tripled in the past

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Divorce and the Recession

According to more than three quarters of 85 family law firms surveyed in a recent study by Grant Thornton UK LLP (as reported in the Evening Standard), a significant number of couples have delayed divorce proceedings until the gloom of the recession has lifted. Many law firms have recently reported a decrease in divorce workload,

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Great South Run

Laurie competed in this year’s Great South Run through the streets of Portsmouth and Southsea over the weekend, posting a time of 1:16:54. This put him in the top 1500 of just under 30 000 people who took part in the Bupa sponsored event. Laurie ran the ten-mile route, in particularly windy conditions, for Haverstock

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A Celebration of Family at Haverstock School

Great fun was had over the weekend at Haverstock School’s ‘Celebrating Parents and Carers’ day. Avadis & Co held a raffle at the well-attended event, offering the tantalising prize of £40 Hotel Chocolat to one lucky recipient. Cakes were also sold in aid of the Haverstock Build On project, whilst free advice sessions were also

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Laurie Given a Run for His Money

Local 15-year-old Thomas Butler was awarded a unique Sports Package worth over £400 (including physiotherapy treatment, Runners Need vouchers and legal advice) courtesy of Avadis & Co, after being the fastest runner to compete in the Highgate Harriers 5k race on October 17th. In what was an oversubscribed and very high-level affair, Thomas won the

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Kindle Surprise – Laurie Wins Big at Lexcel Conference!

The sweet taste of victory swept the office last month after Laurie Avadis found himself the winner of a hard-fought quiz competition held at a Lexcel Conference in Central London. Our senior partner clinched the spoils in dramatic fashion – he snatched the prize in the make-or-break tiebreaker round. Illustrating that his brainpower has utility

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