Natalie is known internationally, not only as the UK's leading fertility lawyer but also for her gentle tenacity which has enabled much needed changes in the UK legal system. Inspired by the lack of legal advice available when she built her own donor-conceived family in 2001, Natalie was the first solicitor to pioneer fertility law in the UK.
Natalie has been named in the Independent on Sunday's Pink List as one of the 100 most influential gay people in the UK, named as Times Lawyer of the Week, and nominated for Stonewall's Hero of the Year award for her defence of same sex parents. In 2010 her work was recognised with an invitation to meet the Prime Minister at a 10 Downing Street reception.
Natalie is often interviewed by the BBC and in the national press, and is a regular voice on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and Woman's Hour. She cares profoundly about improving the experience of families created through assisted reproduction and in non-traditional family structures.
Contact Natalie at:
Tel. 0844 357 1603 (from outside the UK +44 1202 373400)
Caring, energetic and creative, Helen is responsible for the strategy, management and direction of our business. With nearly 20 years' experience in marketing and business development in both the legal and commercial world, Helen supported Natalie in her early career before joining our team in a management role in 2011.
Helen works alongside the legal team and helps to make change. She drives the firm's innovative approach, and has set up and runs our sister organisation Brilliant Beginnings. She works with intended parents, surrogates, clinics, attorneys, agencies and professional organisations across the UK and the world.
Helen is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Gamete Donation Trust, a member of the HFEA Donation Strategy Group (and Lifecycle campaign) and one of the few international members of the American Bar Association's Assisted Reproductive Technology committee.
Contact Helen at:
Tel. 0844 357 1604 (from outside the UK +44 1202 373400)
Experienced and reassuring, Richard has been responsible for our family disputes work since joining our team as an experienced solicitor in March 2013. He qualified in 2009 and is a member of Resolution.
Richard specialises in all aspects of private family law, including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, financial matters, disputes relating to children, and UK and international surrogacy. He regularly handles complex children cases for same sex parents and families conceived through assisted reproduction, including known donor and surrogacy disputes. He also has experience handling complex financial cases involving substantial assets, trusts, pensions and family businesses.
Richard is a trained family mediator able to provide mediation services for a wide range of family disputes, but with a particular specialism in cases involving same sex couples and alternative family structures.
Contact Richard at:
Tel. 0844 693 4200 (from outside the UK +44 1202 373400)
Nicola is a passionate and empathetic lawyer and has been part of the NGA team since 2009. She completed her training with us and qualified as a solicitor in March 2013, when she broke new ground as the first solicitor in the UK to have qualified as a fertility lawyer, having trained in this specialist field.
Nicola has long had a passion for fertilty law, stemming from her law degree where she received a first-class mark for her final year dissertation covering various aspects of this niche area. Since joining NGA, Nicola has worked as an integral member of our team on our many leading and published fertility law cases. She advises on international and domestic surrogacy, prepares specialist wills, advises on donor conception and disputed issues, and conducts litigation including High Court parental order applications.
Contact Nicola at:
Tel. 0844 357 1638 (from outside the UK +44 1202 373400)
Positive, calm and approachable, Sarah manages our office and provides invaluable support in all aspects of the team’s legal work. Having worked with Natalie previously, Sarah joined our team in October 2010. Sarah's wealth of office experience, both in fertility and family law, and in other industries including the medical field, ensures the safe running of our office and our work.
Contact Sarah at:
Tel. 0844 357 1602 (from outside the UK +44 1202 373400)
Debbie joined us in January 2014. She brings with her a wealth of administrative experience, having previously been a personal assistant to the chief office of a government department. Being the first point of contact within the team, her professional and courteous manner is reassuring to clients. With strong administration and organisation skills, Debbie provides invaluable support to Sarah and the team.
Contact Debbie at:
Tel. 0844 357 1602 (from outside the UK +44 1202 373400).