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.
A passionate champion of same-sex parents and fertility patients, Natalie has made law in Parliament (see our campaigning page) and in court (see our leading fertility law cases). She has been quoted in Parliament and was named in the Independent on Sunday's Pink List as one of the 100 most influential gay people in the UK. In 2010 she was invited to meet the Prime Minister at a 10 Downing Street reception in recognition of her work. Natalie has been nominated for the Stonewall Hero of the Year Award, and named as the Times Lawyer of the Week. She is frequently interviewed on the Today Programme and Woman's Hour, and is regularly quoted in the national press including writing for the Guardian (see our media page). She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Infertility Network UK, and currently sits as a member of the HFEA's Expert Oversight Group on mitochondrial disease.
Contact Natalie at:
Tel. 0844 357 1603 (from outside the UK +44 1202 373400)
Caring, energetic and creative, Helen supports the firm in a management role. With nearly 20 years' experience in marketing and business development in both the legal and the commercial world, she worked with Natalie at the early stages of her career supporting her focus on fertility law, re-joining the team in 2011.
Helen is responsible for our business development and direction, as well as managing the firm. Our work goes beyond our client work, and Helen spearheads our campaigning and drives the firm’s innovative approach.
She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Gamete Donation Trust, a member of the HFEA National Donation Strategy Group 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 the family disputes side of our legal practice, since joining our team in March 2013. Richard qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and is a member of Resolution. He specialises in all aspects of private family law, including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, financial matters and disputes relating to children. Richard has experience handling complex cases, including those involving substantial assets, trusts, pensions and family businesses. Richard also supports our fertility law work and advises clients in known donor disputes and surrogacy cases.
Richard believes in a conciliatory approach and settling matters on favourable terms without the need for court proceedings wherever possible. He is a trained family mediator who deals with a wide range of disputes, and has a particular specialism in cases involving same sex couples and alternative family structures. He is also experienced in dealing with cases where litigation is required, and adopts a no nonsense approach. Always ready to fight your corner, Richard is a keen advocate who has represented clients in a range of disputes in court.
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 working on our many leading and published fertility law cases. She prepares specialist Wills, advises on donor conception and contentious issues and helps clients behind the scenes with their parental order applications, as well as advising directly on many of our international and domestic surrogacy cases.
Contact Nicola at:
Tel. 0844 357 1638 (from outside the UK +44 1202 373400)
Positive, calm and approachable, Sarah provides invaluable support in all aspects of the team’s legal work, as well as managing the office. Having worked with Natalie previously, Sarah rejoined Natalie and the team in November 2010. Her wealth of office experience, both outside and within the legal field, and specifically relating to fertility law, ensures the safe running of our office and our work.
Contact Sarah at:
Tel. 0844 357 1602 (from outside the UK +44 1202 373400)