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Surrogacy & Donor Options For All

Your Surrogacy Journey

ACLF has specialised in alternative family work, including international surrogacy, since its inception. As more countries promote themselves the more need for careful review, here in the UK, of the laws in those countries, as well as immigration rules.

Sadly, in many countries, it is still illegal for same-sex or single couples to undergo surrogacy arrangements. In others the law is silent so it’s an unregulated practice, whilst some seek to evade the rules by flying a surrogate overseas, which poses a real risk for UK intended parents. Presently the UK; Canada & the USA are welcoming for same-sex/single parents, it’s lawful and established, whilst Cyprus and Mexico, for example, are available, but they are less known. Whatever country the arrangement takes place though UK parents must consider UK immigration and must apply for a UK parental order within 6 months and after 6 weeks of their baby’s birth to give them full parental
responsibility and a UK birth certificate.

Covid-19 may have changed the way arrangements have worked, as so has the need for vaccinations, but with careful planning and advice, you can still successfully find a surrogate and/or donor and enjoy a successful surrogacy journey at this time. Aspects we advise upon so you are prepared to include altruistic v commission (as the UK will only accept reasonable expenses); ensuring the surrogate/her partner (if married) signs the required forms for the parental order; that local law & UK law is aligned and everything is carefully documented ready for submission within the time frames. It’s a beautiful journey and we hope to enjoy this with you, helping you prepare, answering questions

How to approach scale-up and investment as a Tech Start-Up - 18 JAN 2022
setting up or scaling your technology business can be daunting meet the experts that can discuss from legal and commercial standpoint

About this event

Setting up or scaling your technology business can be daunting, meet the experts that can discuss and support you with this from legal and commercial standpoint.

This session will cover the following:1. A basic A to Z of everything you need to consider when starting your business including protecting your IP, contractual terms and conditions, protecting your business with confidentiality and restricted covenants2. If you’re considering investment how to get yourself ready to meet investors and undergo the process. Will explain what’s involved and what you’ll need to present to the investors to put you ahead of the competition3. What opportunities are out there for a technology business such as R&D credits, tax structures, grants and other opportunities specifically to assisted technology entrepreneurs

4. Are there any specific nieces I technology business needs to consider such as a fin tech business needs registry advice, fast tech businesses made me pattern advice, disruptive markets may have a shortage of technology talents so need to look overseas and need to protect the confidentiality over multi jurisdictions

A City Law Firm having advised thousands of technology businesses from start-up to scale up, through investment, onto sale will guide you through the complete process.


Registration OPEN - Tiger Team - Episode two

LPM Tiger Team: WHAT IS IT?

At the height of the Apollo 13 crisis, a group of four, top NASA experts with diverse specialties – a Tiger Team – were thrown together in a room to deliberate until they had found a way to bring the three stranded astronauts back home.
LPM Tiger Team is intended to bring this do-or-die approach to a legal business problem: by using a range of expertise to analyse a pernicious SME law firm issue, they will solve that problem. The inaugural LPM Tiger Team session in partnership with Access Legal was focused on answering the question: How can firms rebuild themselves around their clients?

21 - 22 October - LEGAL INNOVATORS - View now

Why attend?

At Legal Innovators, we investigate the most recent trends in legal innovation so that you can stay one step ahead of the competition. Join us as industry experts share their perspectives and experiences, and as we network with decision-makers from major law firms and corporate legal teams.

Legal Innovators is also a wonderful opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and make new acquaintances as we find out about the latest technology and innovation.

Who should attend?

  • KM Directors

  • PM Directors

  • Legal Service Delivery Managers

  • Strategy Directors

  • Directors of Innovation & Business Transformation

  • Legal Academics

  • Law Students

  • Innovation Directors

  • Heads of Legal Innovation

  • CTOs and CIOs

  • Partners and Associates at Law Firms

  • General Counsel

  • Inhouse Lawyers

  • Legal Ops Professionals

Now Available - Tiger Team - View now

LPM Tiger Team with Access Legal: Creating a more client-centric law firm

A set of legal industry experts assemble to pinpoint issues that block firms from creating the customer-for-life – exploring themes of culture, customer experience and data.

Arguments abound as to why law firms should rebuild around clients – themes of competitive advantage, resilience and purpose are doing the rounds across the legal sector. Perhaps the more puzzling question relates to how businesses that have long been geared towards billing their clients for as much as possible can suddenly pivot towards a service-focused mindset. And, assuming firms are willing to put their clients first, how does an industry built on paper files bring itself to make the most of client-focused data and technology tools?

These are some issues that a team of legal leaders – and one legal tech expert – gathered to address in a high-intensity, problem-solving sprint in the inaugural LPM Tiger Team.

Driving cultural change

One perennial pain-point – agreed on by all tigers – is that law firms simply aren’t wired to understand their clients at a human level. The transactional approach taken by fee earners – coupled with the fact that they often have to deliver bad news – can lead to alienation.

Jaqueline Watts, director of commercial law at A City Law Firm, explained how the firm has set up an independent client-management department – where the definition of success is a happy client, not a lucrative one. And to help that mindset prevail, “quality time” with the client-management team is embedded in training and onboarding programmes for all employees.

There are other solutions too. CEO of Ashtons Legal, Edward O’Rourke, highlighted his firm’s use of client feedback on third-party websites as a performance-evaluation metric for fee earners – keeping them in touch with what clients really want.

But it’s not just fee earners that need to change their mindset. MAPD group COO Joanna Kingston-Davies put forth the idea of a “stable table” approach to legal practice management. People, clients, quality and profit make up four legs of this figurative table – and each must be equally sturdy for robust growth.

The technology-culture paradox

So, cultural change is key, and legal tech is one tool that can play a central role here – vast pools of data collected, stored and analysed in seconds can give fee earners an actionable picture of what their clients need. Paradoxically, a mindset shift also appears to be a precursor to making the most of technology.

For one, entering data into digital tools needs a meticulous hand that understands the importance of rigour. And at the far end of the process, a certain amount of prowess is needed to understand the output.

“You can find any story you want to in data, so it’s important to be focused on the right things,” noted Kingston-Davies. Even legal tech experts agree – head of product at Access Legal Lauren Colbeck explained how “it isn’t just about technology – it’s about knowing exactly what you want to achieve with your data.” Tech is best cast in a supporting role, added Colbeck, “working in the background to prepare and surface information from disparate systems, as and when you need it.”

As far as O’Rourke is concerned, this supporting role is probably for the best. “Most technology out there comes in one-size-fits-all packages, while legal work is about personalising service for individuals,” he said. Tech is an essential helping hand, but not an alternative to hands-on service delivery.

Waving a magic wand

“If you could solve one element of everything discussed so far with one swish – what would it be?” Posed this question, the tigers got down to the brass tacks of what the legal sector needs above all else – from Watts’ idea of running focus groups with clients about their experiences, to O’Rourke’s desire to withhold profit metrics from fee earners and keep them focused on experience. Kingston-Davies feels that the legal sector needs to look at other customer-facing industries – such as retail, hospitality and others – for inspiration on how to deliver satisfaction.

And, as for Lauren Colbeck at Access Legal, she wishes for all law firms to have a clear idea of their objectives – and to keep all their data up to date – so that legal tech providers have a clear idea of what they need to deliver to play their own part in prioritising the client experience.

2 October 2021: Surrogacy & Donor Options for All - UK event

The Growing Families London event returns for the first time in 2 years.

Struggling to find a surrogate or donor in the UK? Prefer professional support?

Then this event may be for you.

  • Learn what the IVF, donor and surrogacy processes really look like.   
  • Parents will share their lived experience and how to survive the unexpected hurdles. 
  • Based on ten years experience supporting hundreds of UK singles and couples engaging in cross-border arrangements 

This event will guide you on

  • What countries are safe and legal to locate an egg donor or surrogate
  • Are there other cost-effective destinations?
  • Covid vaccination best practice for donors, surrogates and intended parents
  • IVF success rates
  • The availability of fixed cost (guarantee) programs
  • Ideal characteristics of donors and surrogates to maximise success
  • Sperm and embryo shipping options
  • International funds transfer advice
  • specialist lawyers, migration agents & clinics
  • Ways to minimise travel

60 Face to Face tickets Available (£15)

Digital (post-event recordings) tickets also available (£10)

Protecting Your Health
To ensure the safest seminar experience,  presenters, staff, and attendees need to be fully vaccinated. Attendees may also be required to follow additional safety protocols, including wearing masks.

Our approach to Business Law:

Our commercial lawyers appreciate the value of clear concise legal advice when running a business enabling you to focus on the core elements of your business, rather than dealing with legal jargon.  We take time to understand our clients’ businesses so that we can work with you to achieve your goals and ensure that we offer the advice and solutions that best fit your requirements.

We offer fixed fees and agreed retainers to suit all budgets and requirements.


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We can usually offer a free consultation to businesses before you commit to any particular type of legal action or commercial project. All your business requirements can be handled under one roof by our team. Simply call our client management department for a free consultation or no-obligation quotation for our services.

What do our clients say about us?

“the supportive, personal and proactive approach got our merger across the line. We would like to thank the Commercial Team for their commercial expertise and robust approach.”
“My solicitor at A City Law Firm worked tirelessly and with the utmost professionalism on my behalf”