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Pride in support for equality and diversity

Solicitors Rosalind Smith and Holly Bates at the Pride 2017 Community Market So that was the week that was – Pride in Hull 2017 – and what a week it was. Celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the city and wider region came together to support equality, diversity and emancipation. At Pepperells we supported the celebrations, taking a stall at the community market and running a series of blogs looking at the many legal changes and developments which [...]

Equality extends in death

Wills are vital legal documents that ensure your assets pass in accordance with your wishes. Dying without a will in place can have serious implications for your family. If someone dies without a will, there is a set of rules – known as intestacy – which determine who Sarah Barry, solicitor receives what from your estate. Partners in unmarried relationships have no automatic right to receive anything, regardless of how long they may have lived together. And, while the number of same-sex marriages is [...]

The darker side: domestic violence in LGBT+ relationships

When we think about domestic violence it is easy to get caught in the stereotype of the “battered woman” being controlled and coerced by an abusive husband. This is not always the case. We continue our Pride in Hull week today with a look at one of the darker sides but an area that requires greater awareness is abuse in LGBT relationships, it is a genuine challenge which needs to be addressed. Many studies estimate that one in four LGBT+ [...]

50 years of progress yet globally barbarism flourishes

Author – Frances Ledbury While we are aware of the intricacies of LGBT+ rights not yet enshrined into our own law, we should be aware of the progress made and the comparative acceptance and equality that we have in the UK, certainly when compared to many countries around the world. The 50 years of Pride marks the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, but to this day in many places across the globe it is punishable by imprisonment, torture [...]

When is a parent a parent?

Author – Holly Bates As we continue our Pride in Hull celebrations we are looking today at the rich and varied make up of modern families across the country. They come in many forms; those of heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, trans parents, combinations of parents and step-parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and in many cases siblings raising younger family members. The modern family has many potential compositions, all with their own idiosyncrasies but all of which add to a richness in family life [...]

The foundations upon which emancipation came

Author – Rosalind Smith It is now 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Previously, it was a criminal offence punishable by prison. Thousands of men were routinely found “guilty” of being gay and jailed. However, the introduction of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 meant two consenting men over the age of 21 would be exempt from prosecution. While the legislation did not go far enough, it did lay the solid foundations which have since supported the continuous [...]

An “awesome and marvellous thing”

On July 21, 1967, the 8th Earl of Arran, Arthur Gore, stood in the House of Lords and moved that the Sexual Offences (No. 2) Bill be passed. The rather mundane title belied the importance of an Act which partially decriminalised homosexuality. No longer would men be jailed for being gay. As part of the Pride in Hull celebrations, marking 50 years since the legislative change which may not have been quite enough but was certainly the starting pistol marking the [...]

Pepperells continues support for the Iron as “expectations are high”

On Monday, the Iron revealed Pepperells Solicitors had agreed to continue as the first team shorts sponsor for the 2017-18 season. Iron chief executive, Jim Rodwell said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with such a prestigious local company as Pepperells. Our thanks go to them for their continued support.” “As well as being a significant sponsor to the club they have been a constant source of reliable legal advice when called upon.” “We very much look forward to working [...]

Pepperells advises on Integra Buildings’ £3m expansion plan

Pan-Humber law firm Pepperells advised Integra Buildings on the £1.6m purchase of six acres of industrial land near Paull, east of Hull. Integra now plans a further £1.4m investment on the site as part of a capital investment programme aimed at increasing capacity to take advantage of major opportunities in the rapidly-growing modular building sector. The location is adjacent to a 2.5-acre site already owned and operated by Integra Buildings. Pepperells’ chief executive, Ben Pepperell, led the commercial team which advised [...]

May delivers hammer blow for EU nationals

The single piece of certainty among the morass surrounding Europeans’ rights in the UK has been dealt a hammer blow. Prime Minister Theresa May published a proposal document that undermines Permanent Residency (PR) though it might not be fatal. In fact, it might not even be legally sound. In all that has been discussed since the referendum of June 23, 2016 – and there has been an incredible amount – existing legislation enabled European Economic Area (EEA) nationals to secure their [...]

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