Meet the team

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Charlene Ash
Director of Legal Services
Winner of the Surrogacy Professional of the Year Award
at the National Surrogacy Week Awards 2022

 

The practice is run by Charlene Ash, a fully qualified solicitor. Charlene began practicing as a solicitor in 2004 so has many years of experience to bring to the business. Charlene is well known for her professional but kind and caring manner and ensures all our customers receive the highest quality of service.

Charlene qualified as a solicitor in 2004 after six years of studying and training. She attained her Law Degree (LLB Hons) at the University of Southampton in 2001 and completing the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University in 2002. She completed her training contract in 2004.

She has 17 years' experience in private client work, specialising in wills and probate. She has continually been working in this area to help thousands of families and individuals.

Charlene is a Full Accredited Member for Solicitors for the Elderly, an independent, national organisation of lawyers who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable clients, their families and carers. Charlene is also a Dementia Friend and has great experience working with elderly vulnerable clients. She is an Affiliate member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and has recently passed her STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Estates with Distinction

We can help you with a variety of issues, ranging from preparing your Will, registering your Power of Attorney, dealing with the bereavement of a loved one, assisting you with probate or advising on care home fees or tax matters.

 

Charlene also has personal experience of fertility struggles and can advise on IVF requirements and surrogacy law. Being a surrogacy lawyer who has personal experience of a surrogacy journey makes Charlene uniquely experienced to help with any legal questions you may have about surrogacy. Whether that be making a Will for the Intended Parents, Surrogate and Surrogate Partner, to helping to provide legal advice for a clinic, we will understand surrogacy law, so you won't have to. We just get it.

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Stephen Ash
Director of Technology

Stephen brings over 20 years as a Software Engineer to help the business run as efficiently as possible, and to ensure the security of our business. In today's world, it is important for a business to have an online presence, but we must also ensure all our customer data is absolutely secure.

 

Stephen began as a Software Engineer in 2000 and throughout his career he has had a passion for ensuring the technology provides the highest level of customer service. He passed his Computer Science Degree in 2000 at the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) and later in 2007 passed his Masters Degree in Professional Development. Calon Law can therefore provide the best quality of service for our customers, with additional security.

Stephen, along with his partner Charlene, has personal experience of the emotions involved in a fertility journey as they are going through a surrogacy journey together. Charlene especially, as a surrogacy lawyer, can help with legal matters and will understand all the difficulties involved. We just get it.

This all led us to start Calon Law to pass on our years of experience to support our customers through such a challenging, and often emotional, time.