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06 Jun 2022 The Surrogacy Landscape Podcast – Episode Three, The Future.

In Episode Three, Family Partner, Harriet Errington welcomes Barrister, Andrew Powell and intended parent, Stuart Armfield to delve into the future of surrogacy.  Harriet, Andrew and Stuart explore some peculiarities with the laws surrounding surrogacy in the country and consider what intended parents might want to change, what could be adopted from other jurisdictions and what reform might look like in the future.

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17 May 2022 The Surrogacy Landscape Podcast – Episode Two, The Experience

In Episode Two, Family Partner, Harriet Errington talks to a new parent, Stuart Armfield, who has recently navigated surrogacy with his husband. welcoming son Rio into the world last year. Harriet draws on the expertise of Andrew Coutts from the International Fertility Company and Immigration law specialist, Rahul Batra from Hudson McKenzie to collectively look at the considerations for couples and individuals looking to grow a family via surrogacy and where one might start, with a special focus on international surrogacy.

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16 May 2022 Galleon Insider: Crypto assets during divorce

In a recent industry update from Galleon, Family Partner, Harriet Errington reflects on how crypto currency assets are dealt with during divorce.

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06 May 2022 The Surrogacy Landscape Podcast – Episode One, The Law

In Episode One, Family Partner, Harriet Errington is joined by Andrew Coutts – the CEO of the International Fertility Company and Barrister, Andrew Powell from 4PB. Collectively Harriet, Andrew Coutts and Andrew Powell discuss the definition of surrogacy and the science involved. Together they explain the current laws in place in England and Wales and how these differ to those overseas to support both couples and individuals looking to explore and pursue that often long awaited family.

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05 May 2022 Surrogacy – your questions answered

The concept of surrogacy has historically been seen as a taboo subject. As a result, it is not surprising that many may be unfamiliar with the process and the legal implications in this jurisdiction. With the ever increasing role surrogacy plays in modern families and its growth in popularity, particularly in recent times, we seek to address below some of the questions you might have about the process.

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04 May 2022 The Surrogacy Landscape Podcast

The Surrogacy Landscape Podcast is a three-part series brought to you by the Family Law team at Boodle Hatfield. The series discusses the legal implications of growing a family via surrogacy, to help couples and individuals get to grips with the landscape at the outset to ensure that their journey to parenthood is smooth and safe for all involved. The series looks at the full surrogacy lifecycle, the practicalities that need to be considered and the law that currently governs the process in the UK.

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24 Mar 2022 Princess Haya divorce: Stripping Sheikh Mohammed of all parental responsibility is extremely rare action taken by courts

Family Partner, Harriet Errington and Associate, Pippa Cook reflect on today’s Family Court ruling that Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, will be stripped of his parental responsibility to make key decisions in respect of his two children.

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21 Dec 2021 Princess Haya divorce: difficult for Sheikh to avoid paying a large part of record £554m settlement, say lawyers

In CityAM, Bloomberg Wealth, The Law Society Gazette and Spears, Family Partner, Harriet Errington comments on today’s record £554m divorce settlement awarded to Princess Haya in her divorce from Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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22 Nov 2021 Divorce & the family business: The lessons that can be learnt from The Archers

As the divorce storyline in the country’s favourite radio soap opera, The Archers, unfolds Family Partner, Harriet Errington highlights that the best way to ensure that family business assets are protected in the event of a divorce is to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement, which ring-fences the shares and provides alternative ways of meeting the other party’s needs.

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15 Nov 2021 Call for legal reform after surrogacies fall

Prior to Covid, surrogacy had been steadily on the rise in recent years. Parental orders, which transfer the parentage of a baby born to a surrogate mother to the intended parent, rose 17% from 441 in 2015/16 to 520 in 2019/20. However, coronavirus-related restrictions, for example on travel, have led to the first drop since 2014/15.

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