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Louise Allard, Joint Managing Partner of Allard Bailey:

“Despite the progress that has been made for the LGBT community in recent years, many people still view same-sex parenting with suspicion.  Sadly, children face bullying because of their same-sex parents and their parents often face stigma. We believe this stigma is unjustified and hope our video is a contribution to ending this.  It is intended to promote social inclusion, encouraging all children and those who influence them to accept differences in our society with toleration.”

The video has been released free on Stephen Fry’s YouTube Channel, Pindex, as an aid for schools that are introducing LGBT inclusive relationship education for the first time.

The government’s new relationships and sex education curriculum came into effect from September, requiring LGBT-inclusive lessons in secondary schools.  It stopped short of making LGBT+ inclusion lessons compulsory for primary schools. Instead, they are only “strongly encouraged” when teaching about families to include families with same sex parents.

Louise Allard said:

“We need to challenge the misconception that somehow being raised by same-sex parents is second best. The research clearly shows that children of same-sex couples are often happier and healthier, even when social and economic advantages were taken into account. Of course, nobody is suggesting one kind of gender combination is better than another, just that what matters for a child’s outcome at school is a loving and supporting home life.

It is disappointing that the government didn’t make teaching about LGBT+ families mandatory in primary schools as so many primary schools now have students with same-sex parents.  We hope those schools will choose to educate their population.”

It is hoped that many primary schools will still use the ‘No Outsiders’ programme developed by Andrew Moffat, the deputy headmaster of Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, which focuses on educating primary school children about the characteristics protected by the Equality Act, which includes sexual orientation.

The number of same-sex couple families in the UK increased from 152,000 in 2015 to 232,000 in 2018, a rise of 53.2 per cent.

Research suggests that an estimated two-thirds of children with same-sex parents experience some form of stigma due to their parents’ sexual orientation.**

Click to watch video on YouTube

*https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/23/children-raised-by-same-sex-parents-do-as-well-as-their-peers-study-shows

** https://theconversation.com/kids-from-same-sex-families-fare-as-well-as-peers-or-better-28803%20

For further information contact Evette Pottinger.

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Through independent research, it has gathered the following feedback about the firm:

‘Allard Bailey was very efficient, transparent and supportive and clearly knew the ins and outs of the legal procedure. I felt that I was in very capable hands and was very pleased I had employed the team’

‘A specialist and boutique family law firm. The lawyers are extremely organised and attract high-quality work not through showy advertising or marketing strategies, but simply by being efficient and good at what they do’

‘Louise Allard dealt with my case. At all times she was very clear on my position and my options, explained things in everyday language, and was sympathetic and supportive’

For further information about The Legal 500 and its Family rankings please click here.

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Sangeeta can advise on:

  • Preparation of tax efficient Wills
  • Power of Attorney, Deputyship Applications and Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Protection of wealth from claims by adverse third parties
  • Probate and administration of estates
  • Inheritance and capital gains tax planning such as gifting, lifetime settlements and advice on ownership of a second home in UK or overseas
  • Creation and administration of Trusts
  • Disputes regarding Wills, trusts and probate including incapacity, undue influence and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 claims.

For further information about Sangeeta and her experience please click here.

For an initial discussion about your situation, please call 020 7993 2936.

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For appointment enquiries call +44 (0)20 7993 2936 or email info@allardbailey.com

If you are not ready to speak to a solicitor, you can use our free family law portal to find out where you stand legally and the steps you could take to move forward when you wish to do so.

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The Legal 500 conducts independent research and has gathered the following feedback about the firm, which is featured in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 edition:

‘The lawyers are highly experienced and knowledgeable, quite possibly better than the most famous city firms. At the same time the lawyers take a very pragmatic approach, and keep costs down, which is all that a client could ask for.’

‘Most of the team has experience of working at well-known large City firms. The team gives really specialist, high quality advice and representation on a much more accessible / good value basis compared to ‘magic circle’-type firms.’

‘The team comes across as very professional but very personable.’

For further information about The Legal 500 and its Family rankings please click here.

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  • Victims of human trafficking and labour exploitation
  • People who have been unfairly dismissed or discriminated against at work
  • Elderly people who need support to live independently
  • Those living with disabilities and their carers
  • Homeless people and families living in terrible conditions

For further information about The London Legal Walk, please visit London Legal Support Trust.

To show your support and sponsor our team, visit our fundraising page.

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Sabrina Bailey, Joint Managing Partner of Allard Bailey Family Law, who customised Settify for the firm, said:

“We are committed to delivering a truly flexible service that meets the needs of our busy clients. Introducing Settify is an exciting development as it ensures that clients get the most out of their initial consultation, whilst keeping their costs down.”

Created by family lawyers and launched in Australia in 2017, Settify has won several awards for innovation. It has been adopted by more than 120 Australian firms since its inception, including most of the independently ranked ‘top tier’ and ‘pre-eminent’ family law practices. The platform launched in the UK in October 2018 and has already been adopted by some of the UK’s most well-regarded family lawyers. According to Settify’s CEO, Max Paterson:

“We are witnessing a shift in the attitudes and preferences of modern family law clients. They are increasingly used to getting things done online. Clients will choose firms that harness technology to provide a seamless experience, and embrace effective, efficient ways to progress their best interests. We’re proud to work with Allard Bailey, a firm which is breaking the mould to deliver that kind of true value to clients.”

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