Founding fellows

England and Wales

Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE , Head of Children Department, Dawson Cornwell Solicitors, London

Anne-Marie is a specialist in surrogacy and surrogacy with an international element. She advises in respect of complex domestic and international adoption applications and legal issues arising from the creation and implementation of surrogacy arrangements and The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

Anne-Marie is Chair of the Women Lawyers' Interest Group of the International Bar Association, a member of the International Issues Committee of The Law Society of England and Wales and Governor at Large of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

She also specialises in honour based violence, child abduction and children law. She was awarded the inaugural UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer award in 1999 and received an OBE for her services to international child abduction and adoption in the 2002 Queen's New Year's Honours List. In 2010, she received the International Bar Assocation's Outstanding International Woman Lawyer Award.

Barry O'Leary , Partner at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP, London

Barry, who became a partner in the firm on 1 October 2006, read law at Cambridge University and attended law school at the College of Law, London. He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and joined Wesley Gryk Solicitors in January 2000. His practice deals with the full range of immigration and nationality issues, with a particular emphasis on applications based on same sex relationships and also on asylum and human rights claims on the basis of sexual orientation.

In his spare time, he works as a volunteer lawyer providing legal advice on these issues. He was heavily involved in the consultation process leading up to the introduction of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and has given a number of lectures on the immigration aspects of this Act. He is the author of the immigration chapter of the Law Society Publication "Civil Partnership - the Law in Practice".

Henry Setright QC , Barrister at 4 Paper Buildings, London
Hassan Khan , Barrister at 4 Paper Buildings, London

Hassan is a children law practitioner mostly appearing in the High Court. He has an established practice in international children cases and has a particular interest in Child Abduction, Brussells II Revised Regulation, Wardship and Inherent Jurisdiction, Forced Marriage, Abandonment/Stranded Spouses, Vulnerable Adults, Removal from the Jurisdiction, Care Proceeding (especially with international element) and Inter-Country adoption. Hassan represented Dr Abedin, the 33 year old GP forced to marry in Bangladesh in one of the first applications under the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007.

Samantha King , Barrister at 4 Paper Buildings, London

United States of America

Andrew Vorzimer , Attorney at Vorzimer Masserman, Attorneys At Law, Woodland Hills, California ,

John Weltman , President and Founder of Circle Surrogacy, Boston, Massachusetts

As well as an attorney at Weltman Law, John is also the President and Founder of Circle Surrogacy, one of the oldest and largest surrogate parenting agencies in the US, which specialises more than any other agency in dealing with international clients. Educated at Yale, Oxford and the University of Virginia, John has 28 years of experience practicing law. His primary areas of expertise are in domestic and international surrogacy as well as real estate, business, health care and art litigation. He is admitted in Massachusetts, New York and California and the Central District of Illinois.

Karen Synesiou , Chief Operating Officer of Center for Surrogate Parenting Inc., Encino, California

As the chief operating officer and co-owner of the Center for Surrogate Parenting Inc., Karen is responsible for its overall management. Born in Chelmsford, England, Karen graduated from Southampton University with her law degree in 1988.

Karen's international background has been invaluable to many of CSP's clients who originate from countries around the world. Blessed with three children of her own through IVF, Karen is in a unique position to sympathise with commissioning parents' drive to have children and the processes involved in achieving that goal. The Center for Surrogate Parenting Inc. is the oldest and one of the world's most successful surrogacy agencies. Despite changes in attitude towards surrogacy and gay parenting globally over the last 32 years, Karen has consistently ensured that her clients gain safe entry into their home country with their newborn baby.


Valery Fedichin , Partner at OMP Law Offices, Kiev

Valery is a partner at OMP Law Offices, a full service Ukrainian law firm. He has been practicing law in Ukraine since the early 1990s. In addition to family law Valery Fedichin represents clients in the areas of commercial and business law.


Pritpal Nijjar , Litigating Lawyer in Defence Colony, New Delhi

Pritpal practises in a wide range of areas including Surrogacy Law, Cross Border Abduction, general Family Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, Corporate Law and Arbitration Law. His practice covers the Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Bombay High Court.


Jenni Millbank , Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney

Professor Jenni Millbank joined the faculty in April 2007, having previously been Associate Professor of Law at the University of Sydney. Jenni's areas of expertise are family and relationship law, reproductive rights and refugee law. Jenni is Australia's leading expert on same-sex relationship recognition and she has been extensively involved in research and scholarship, law reform, litigation, community consultation and activism in this area for over a decade.