Celebrating 20 years of legal twists and turns

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This month I’m celebrating 4 years of Annabel Varvel & Associates.  20 years since finishing my law degree will come at the end of this year! It’s amazing how small businesses (& life) take twists and turns and don’t always turn out exactly as you think they are going to, so I thought given anniversaries of all kinds are an opportunity to reflect, celebrate and learn, that I’d write a …

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When is mediation not mediation?


I had a very interesting experience the other day.  One that shocked me. I realised that mediation isn’t always (or often, it may seem) mediation, or at least not as I think of mediation. When you think about mediation, do you imagine the concept of some kind of round table discussion to work out the solution to a problem with a neutral third person there to help guide that discussion?…

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A Clean Slate

The New Year is all about a clean slate, a fresh start. It’s easy to look back at the mistakes you’ve made and wish you’d handled things differently, but you can’t go back. You can go forward.  You can think and plan and map our what you want your future to look like.  For yourselves, for your family. You might have found yourself in the situation where you have separated…

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