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April 30, 2015

SPONSORED: Dr Daniel Lanzer discusses the steps that guys can take to look their best

When cosmetic surgery gets mentioned in the media, the stories are almost always about women.

However, the reality is quite different, because more and more men are choosing a cosmetic surgery.

Everyone deserves to look and feel good, so we spoke with Dr Daniel Lanzer, a leading cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist, to find out which are the top cosmetic surgery procedures for men.

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April 30, 2015

SPONSORED: If the suit maketh the man, we take a look at how to be the man you want to be.

Every modern man needs a decent suit in his wardrobe, whether it is business attire or a suit for special occasions.

But you need to pick a suit that not only complements your personal style, but also a suit that you feel fully comfortable in. 

Even though there are loads of designer suits out there, nothing beats a proper tailored suit.  Here's why.

More than made-to-measure

April 15, 2015

Get to know the ins and outs of UK adoption laws, explained by specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates

There has been a revolution of law in England and Wales for same-sex families over the past decade.

Adoption law changes have been a key part of that, and England now has one of the most supportive legal frameworks in the world for gay and lesbian adopters.

In fact, UK law has never barred gay and lesbian parents from adopting, and there have been cases of gay adoptions going back many years.

But until 2005, couples could not adopt jointly which meant that, when same-sex couples adopted, only one partner could become the legal parent.

April 13, 2015

Looking to travel abroad for surrogacy? Mark Heppinstall, of family law solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, explains the options for UK parents

Surrogacy arrangements are becoming ever more popular.

Although official statistics remain hard to come by, recent research suggests that people from the UK are statistically the most likely of our European counterparts to enter into commercial surrogacy arrangements abroad.

The legal position varies widely from country to country and there is little consistency across different legal jurisdictions.

March 3, 2015

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is urging people to take action to protect animals from wildlife crime and the illegal wildlife trade this World Wildlife Day (Tuesday 3 March)

Animals are exploited all over the world – from small exotic birds to mighty elephants – for financial gain.

The global industry of illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth more than £12.3 billion ($19 billion USD). In some extreme cases, profits from this trade are being used to fund ongoing acts of violence on humans and trade of other illegal goods and services.

February 24, 2015

Their secret is to do less and not start too early, says top expert

Just how much plastic surgery work have the celebrities on the Oscar’s red carpet actually had?

Leading expert Dr Tracy Mountford of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic discusses this below.

Her advice? There is nothing wrong with a few lines, less is more and non-surgical treatments are increasingly popular to give a fresh look without the ‘weird’ over-worked feel of yesteryear.

And she also offers some advice to men and women to reduce the risk of non-surgical options too.

February 19, 2015

A gay dad himself, Families Through Surrogacy founder Sam Everingham takes a look at current surrogacy options for gay men ahead of the organization’s London consumer conference this March

The last decade has seen a huge increase in gay men creating families through surrogacy.

Once restricted to fairly expensive USA options, recent years have seen parents-to-be working with surrogates here in the UK, as well as India, Thailand and Eastern Europe – sometimes running into legal complications in the process.

February 16, 2015

With the law in the UK now requiring sperm donors to disclose their identity to the authorities, more and more patients are choosing donation from someone they know and trust, says Venessa Smith, of the London Women’s Clinic’s Sperm Bank

The change of law in 2005 with respect to the identity of sperm donors has had a dramatic effect on public attitudes towards donation. What changed in April 2005 was the freedom of donors to remain anonymous.

The change of law now means that anyone who has been born using donated sperm, eggs or embryos has, at the age of 18, the right to ask the government’s fertility watchdog (the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: HFEA) for information about the donor.

February 3, 2015

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. Here he explores what happens when same-sex couples break up and decide to divorce or dissolve their partnership

Same sex marriage is now legal in England and Wales, which is cause for much celebration.

However, sadly and inevitably not all relationships will survive and understanding the process to end the legal relationship will be important.

Here is a basic guide, for those living in England and Wales, to the process for divorce and the dissolution of civil partnerships: the process is virtually identical save for a few exceptions identified below.

What is divorce/dissolution?

February 1, 2015

Peter Morris, a partner, and Sue Parkinson, a trainee solicitor, with UK-based law firm Irwin Mitchell, look at some of the legal complications that may be involved with adopting; some of which can arise after a child has already joined your home

Adoption is permanent, involving the severing of ties between a child and their birth family.

Adoption is a positive way of assisting children to find a permanent, safe and loving home, and the child’s lifelong welfare is the paramount consideration.

Gay and lesbian singles as well as same-sex couples can adopt a child in the UK.

There are clear examples of a same sex placement being the best option for the child. These can include cases involving children with a background of emotional or physical abuse from a parent of a particular gender.

December 5, 2014

Former boating and leisure businesswoman on how she started her killer fashion brand

When it came to launching Wizard Jeans, Sally Allen-Gerard's wealth of expertise and experience has helped her make some very wise business decisions. 'Funnily enough, there are actually a lot of transferable skills in moving across many diverse industries – certainly more than one would think,' says Sally.

'Every business has the same common denominators: hard work, determination and common sense – oh, and in my case, a financial and banking background didn’t go astray either!'

November 24, 2014

Richard Perrins is part of the team of specialists at fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. He explores issues around known donation and co-parenting arrangements with regards to UK law

For same-sex couples who are looking to start a family there are a variety of options available in order to do this.

For lesbian couples a common preference is to conceive a child through a licensed UK fertility clinic with the assistance of the sperm from an anonymous donor.

November 20, 2014

After falling in love whilst in the British Army together, Tracey and Samantha Henry became moms to twin boys Finlay and Logan in 2011 through utilizing the IVF services at London Women’s Clinic. Tracey told GSN about the experience

‘Sam and I are both 34 years old and have been together almost seven years. We met whilst serving in the Army but got to know each other during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. We started a relationship in February 2008.

‘Sam has been in the army 16 years and is a Staff Sergeant with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. I left the Army after maternity leave and now work for BNP Paribas Rental Solutions in Basingstoke.

‘We first talked about starting a family in 2009 after we got engaged but wanted to wait as Sam was on an 18-month career course.

October 28, 2014

Richard Perrins – a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm, Natalie Gamble Associates – explains more on the upcoming changes to England and Wales’ same-sex marriage arrangements and the provisions to convert an existing civil partnership into marriage

As of the 29 March 2014, marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales became a reality and many have already tied the knot.

At the time the Same Sex Couples (Marriage) Bill was passed there was no immediate provision for those in a civil partnership to be able to convert this to a marriage if they chose.

October 26, 2014

Have you ever considered sperm donation but don’t know much about it? Toyin Jegede from the London Sperm Bank tells us more about the process and why gay men donate

Toyin, from your experiences at the London Sperm Bank and working with gay men who donate sperm, what are the common reasons that they wish to donate?

Here are some of the reasons, in their own words, why our gay donors donate:
‘My partner and I are currently in the process of working with an egg donor (surrogate) so I would like also to help others.’
‘I will not have my own children so feel the need to reproduce, to pass on genes.’
‘To help with donor reserves, to possibly pass on my genes.’
‘To help childless people.’

October 18, 2014

Thinking of becoming a parent? Interested in co-parenting? If you don’t already know someone else that also wants to start a family then an introduction website may be able to help. We talk to Seyi Joseph, the creator of FeelingBroody.com

When gay men consider starting a family, surrogacy and adoption are often presented as the only routes to explore. For lesbians, sperm donations and treatment can be obtained at licensed clinics.

However, these aren’t the only options. It’s not uncommon for a gay man to come to an arrangement with a woman to create a child – either through IVF or self-insemination techniques.

October 14, 2014

Are you a twin? Are you gay or bisexual and your sibling is straight? Then you might be able to help in a new study

Twins could hold the key to how our childhood experiences shape our sexual experiences and well-being.

Researchers at the University of Essex are seeking identical twins where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight. Twins where both are gay, bisexual or straight are also being asked to help with the study.

They hope by studying these sets of twins, they will be able to uncover what social experiences during childhood make us become the people we are and how satisfied we are in life.

August 21, 2014

Nicola Scott, who is a leading solicitor at specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates, explores some of the issues that crop up in practice for same-sex parents who embark on overseas surrogacy arrangements

Over the last six years surrogacy has become a more mainstream family building option not just for heterosexual couples who cannot conceive naturally but also for gay parents (both couples and singles) who wish to have parental autonomy.

In 2010, the law in the UK changed to allow two male parents to be named together on a birth certificate following a surrogacy arrangement – a significant step forward for gay parents.

July 22, 2014

Recent reports that sperm donation in Britain is still in a critical state have been much exaggerated. Donors and sperm samples are in good supply, reports the London Sperm Bank

Reports continue to suggest that sperm donation in Britain is in a state of crisis: insufficient donors, insufficient supplies… and deep frozen sperm samples flown in from Denmark in yet another Viking invasion.

Nothing could be further from the truth, especially at the London Sperm Bank, where more than 15,000 vials of donor sperm are in storage and where, since the London Sperm Bank opened its doors in 2010, almost 4,000 cycles of treatment have been completed.

July 18, 2014

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm, Natalie Gamble Associates. Richard, who deals with the firm’s relationship breakdown, finance and children dispute cases, explores some of the issues that crop up  for same-sex parents who break up

Family building in the LGBT community has changed considerably over the past decade.

There has been a steady rise in the number of children conceived through sperm donation, surrogacy (both in the UK and internationally) and co-parenting arrangements by gay and lesbian parents.

The change in the law in 2009 allowing lesbian couples to both be recognised as full and equal parents was a landmark, as was the less publicised change allowing gay dads to be named together on birth certificates after surrogacy.

July 16, 2014

The stylish maternity and kids clothing company reveals its current best-selling products for pregnant mothers and younger kids

Looking for some stylish pregnancy wear or cool products for younger kids? Launched in 1993, JoJo Maman Bébé has evolved into becoming one of the UK’s foremost, niche, multi-channel in the pregnancy and baby market.

It offers adorable but practical baby and children’s clothing and a comprehensive collection of nursery products to cover the period from pregnancy to pre-school.

June 27, 2014

How the London Egg Bank can help you to achieve your dreams of having a baby – thanks to a change in UK legislation and an increase in egg donors

Just a year or two ago there were long waiting lists for egg donation in the UK. Altruistic egg donors were hard to find and hard to recruit. But now those waiting lists have gone.

No waiting lists
What a difference a year makes! Until 2012, egg donors wishing to donate eggs for purely altruistic reasons were as rare as rainy-day taxis. But all that changed with new government regulations on egg donation and a new drive to recruit donors who wanted only to help others.

April 17, 2012

FreedomhealthOnline provides safe and secure online medical services to supplement face-to-face consultations

Keeping up with today’s fast-paced lifestyle means it can be difficult to get everything you need from a doctor when you need it. It could also mean that you require more specialized attention than your GP can offer.

March 14, 2012

How e-cigarettes could be an easier way to quit your smoking habit

Smoking – everyone knows it’s bad for them and a habit that fast becomes a potential life-time addiction. Smoking a cigarette isn't just about that addictive nicotine hit, it’s a tactile experience, bound up with emotions and surroundings.

Studies show that gay men and women are particularly at risk of smoking. So we are keen to highlight ways of cutting down smoking or quitting the habit altogether.