NGA’s autumn of public speaking

December 6, 2013

It has been a busy few months for our whole team speaking at events and seminars across the UK and abroad.

AAARTA (the American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Attorneys) hosted a conference on assisted reproduction law in Charleston, USA on 10-12 November, bringing together 270 leading assisted reproduction lawyers from across the world, as well as representatives from the Hague Conference.  Natalie was invited to speak about LGB Family Formation in the UK, and was delighted to see so many of the overseas professionals we have worked with over many years, particularly in our international surrogacy work.

Richard ran a training session for a Diversity Group at a major London bank in October, about gay and lesbian parenting.  He talked in particular about his work with same sex couples whose relationships are breaking down, and the difficult issues which can arise, something which is an increasing part of our day to day work.

The Fertility Show was a big event at Olympia in November as part of National Infertility Awareness Week, and Natalie spoke about the issues for lesbian couples and for solo mothers starting a family.  As always, it was great to see so many alternative families in the planning, and a reminder of how much easier things are now than a decade ago.

And this week BLAGG (the Bar Lesbian and Gay Group) hosted a seminar in London on Surrogacy for Same Sex Couples, inviting barristers, doctors and Parliamentarians.  Natalie, Helen and Richard were asked to give a joint talk about our leading experience on surrogacy law, disputes which can arise and our work through Brilliant Beginnings, alongside Samantha King and Hassan Khan of 4 Paper Buildings and Professor Susan Bewley.  It was great to have the opportunity to speak to so many influencers about the problems same sex parents experience, and why the law needs to be improved.

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