I am proud as punch to be named as a finalist in the Australian Law Awards for Innovator of the Year 2020. And prouder still to share the stage with some amazing and inspiring innovators in the legal industry.

Since 2016, when I opened my practice, I have been inspired by other lawyers and firms that seek to disrupt the legal profession, try new things and do things differently. It has been those lawyers that have encouraged me to find new ways to practice in the family creation law space. The Surrogacy Podcast, the Blog, the DIY Parentage Order option and the Surrogacy Sisterhood Retreat have all been possible because I’ve found the courage to find my own way in the legal profession. Later this month I will release my new book, More Than Just a Baby, the only guide to surrogacy for intended parents and surrogates in Australia.

I encourage all lawyers, new and experienced, to be creative and innovative and find your own way of practising in the profession. Be responsive, client and community-focused, flexible and above all, be authentic and kind.

You can find out more about me, or if you are interested in surrogacy and donor conception, you can read more in the Blog.

Now in its 20th year, the Australian Law Awards, run in partnership with Principal Partner UNSW Law, bestows the industry’s most prestigious accolades recognising excellence across the entire legal industry.

The awards showcase professional development and innovation, celebrating both the individuals and firms that are leading the way in the industry.

Award recipients represent a true cross section of the legal industry, recognising the contributions of the profession’s most senior ranks through to its rising stars.

The finalists for 2020, announced over two weeks beginning on 6 July 2020, feature over 320 high-achieving legal professionals across 34 submission-based categories.

“It is our pleasure to mark the 20th year anniversary of the Australian Law Awards,” said Lawyers Weekly editor Emma Ryan.

Hi! I’m Sarah Jefford. I’m a surrogacy, fertility and family lawyer. I’m also an IVF Mum, an egg donor and a traditional surrogate, and I delivered a baby for her Dads in 2018.

I advocate for positive, best practice surrogacy arrangements within Australia, and provide support and education to help intended parents make informed decisions when pursuing overseas surrogacy.

more than just a baby
more than just a baby