We’re delighted to announce that Porter Dodson Fertility and Parenting Team, headed by leading fertility and parenting law specialist Louisa Ghevaert, has been shortlisted for the Law Society’s 2012 Excellence in Innovation Category.
The Law Society’s annual prestigious awards ceremony recognizes exceptional solicitors, individuals and teams across the entire legal sector. Winners will be announced at a black tie event on 18 October 2012 at Old Billingsgate, London.
Porter Dodson Fertility and Parenting Team is a world class specialist fertility and parenting law service with a global client base. It delivers inspirational and groundbreaking legal solutions for fertility patients and families and supports the vital work of fertility clinicians and professionals. Porter Dodson Fertility and Parenting Team protects and educates people as they build families in new ways in the UK and abroad, in the face of restrictive laws and frequent international conflicts of law and strives to improve law and policy in the UK to help the millions of people who battle infertility annually.
Porter Dodson Fertility and Parenting Team has developed a pioneering, free, specialist multi-media fertility and parenting law website www.porterdodsonfertility.com which contains continuously evolving legal information, video, social media, articles and a topical blog aimed at educating and helping fertility patients, clinicians and families across the world. We provide bespoke legal advice and representation for those undergoing international and UK surrogacy, donor conception, parenting and children arrangements including known donation and co-parenting, fertility treatment and children, parenting and family disputes. The practice has also developed an extensive media profile, spearheaded by Louisa Ghevaert, and engages with law and policy makers to improve awareness and develop laws governing assisted reproduction, children and parenting in the UK and abroad.
Porter Dodson Fertility and Parenting Team’s innovative legal work has won international media recognition on television, radio and in the press including Ukrainian television (Inter-TV), a TV documentary commissioned by the Chinese Government to be aired next month in China looking at IVF and fertility treatment in the West, BBC South Today TV, BBC Radio Somerset, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The French Tribune, The Portsmouth News and The British Medical Journal - click here for more information.
Porter Dodson Fertility and Parenting Team has over the last 12 months represented Portsmouth couples Donna and Dean Marshall, winning a rare legal battle against Portsmouth City PCT for IVF funding on the NHS in December 2011 and Andrea and Aaron Heywood in their high profile legal battle for IVF treatment on the NHS in June 2012. The team’s head, Louisa Ghevaert, was a speaker and panel moderator at the American Bar Association’s conference in Las Vegas in October 2011 lecturing the world’s leading specialist assisted reproduction lawyers on surrogacy, fertility treatment, IVF, and donor conception law. The team also provided expert legal comment to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics on the ethical aspects of information disclosure in cases of donor conception in May 2012 to help the development of law and policy in this area.
To continue Porter Dodson Fertility and Parenting Team’s groundbreaking and cutting-edge work, the team works tirelessly to help people all over the world create and protect their families. As interest in surrogacy and assisted reproduction continues to grow, Louisa will in particular be lecturing later this year on international surrogacy law at The Fertility Show at Olympia, London and on fertility treatment and parenthood at Insights 2012 conference for fertility and healthcare professionals.
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