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Surrogacy blunder


calls for law reform A Solihull-based lawyer has described a recent case involving surrogacy as a catalogue of blunders. Sian Kenkre, a surrogacy specialist at The


Wilkes Partnership, said the case, which involved twins born to British parents in India, highlighted the deficiencies of UK surrogacy law. The British parents had entered into a surrogacy


L-R: Mark Waghorn, Faith Walker and Ashley Armstrong New recruits hit the floor


Solihull-based flooring firm FLR Group has recruited Mark Waghorn as business development manager. Mr Waghorn has worked extensively in the


property sector, with clients including JLL, CBRE, Savills and Cushman & Wakefield. He has joined FLR from TCL Group. FLR also appointed Ashley Armstrong to commercial manager. He started his working


career in 2009 with Euroshowers UK, where he completed a two-year apprenticeship. FLR commercial director Faith Walker said: “After


considerable investment over the past four years and the reorganisation of the FLR Group, we feel extremely privileged to have attracted such a wealth of talent. We strongly believe that with the addition of Mark and Ashley to our team, our business objectives will be met and indeed exceeded.”


arrangement in India and their twins were born in May 2014. Applications for Parental Orders, which are required in order to extinguish the surrogate mother’s legal parentage and legally recognise parents, were first issued on 1 August 2014. In India it is common for there to be a wait of


four-five months before British passports are issued to surrogate-born children. However delays meant the twins were not able to return to their parents for more than a year. To prevent such difficulties in the future, the


High Court has now issued guidance on how international surrogacy cases should be managed. Sian said: “There is a clear need to take specialist


advice at an early stage. There have been many calls for the law surrounding surrogacy to be reformed generally to recognise the reality of surrogacy arrangements and to safeguard the increasing numbers of children born through surrogacy.”


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