Understanding surrogacy: the legal landscape
Ewan Watson, Natalie Gamble and Andrew Spearman explore the complex area of surrogacy law and discuss the practical realities of surrogacy for LGBT+ people embarking on parenthood.
For this year's Pride special, our theme is Home and Away, celebrating the LGBT+ community under COVID-19 restrictions. In our Pride podcast series we speak to LGBT+ legal professionals in different countries around the world to find out how the pandemic has affected them and how Pride is being marked this year.
Our third podcast is a discussion with Allan Wernham.
Ewan Watson, a member of the Law Society's LGBT+ Committee, is the host of this podcast.
This week, he and Alex Vowinckel, another member of the Law Society's LGBT+ Committee, interview Allan Wernham. Listen to the last episode, with Tinashe Chipendo.
Allan Wernham is the managing director Scotland at CMS and is a partner in the real estate team. He trained at an Aberdeen firm after attending university there, and joined Dundas & Wilson’s Edinburgh office in January 1996 as a newly qualified lawyer. Allan was appointed joint Managing Partner of Dundas & Wilson in 2012, and the firm combined with CMS in 2014.
Allan specialises in retail development and investment, with a focus on urban regeneration projects. In his current role, Allan is responsible for leading CMS in Scotland, building on over 260 years of heritage and a market-leading reputation in the key sectors of the 21st century economy. After spending time in the Edinburgh and London offices, Allan now lives in Glasgow with his husband, Chris.
Ewan Watson is a member of the Law Society’s LGBT+ Committee. He works as a solicitor in the in-house legal team at Warner Bros., specialising in TV licensing and distribution and is also actively involved in the LGBT+ staff network, Out@WarnerMedia. Ewan lives with his husband in North London.
Alex is a member of the Law Society’s LGBT+ Committee. Alex works as Intellectual Property lawyer (German qualified) in the London office of CMS, combining passions for practical brand and design protection with interest in research and know how.
Alex is also on the Committee of CMS’ LGBT+ Network as well as one of the firm’s Wellbeing Ambassadors. Alex lives in West London with husband and daughter.