Sydney Surrogacy Lawyers was founded by Nicole Aghabi.
Nicole describes the aim of the firm as “providing legal services to those undergoing surrogacy with compassion and understanding”.
Surrogacy Law is a niche area which should not be taken for granted: “These are people’s lives we are dealing with. Emotions run understandably high. This area of law is for those who understand that and are ready to be on this amazing journey with their clients.”
Nicole describes herself as a modest human being, always looking for ways to help others in need the best way she knows how.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science majoring in (Genetics & Molecular) Biology and Anatomy & Histology from the University of Sydney, Nicole first started her career at the New South Wales Crime lab, securing her place in the Sexual Assault Crime lab.
After seeing a change in direction, she took to IVF. A limited amount of time in the embryo lab, saw Nicole keen to switch her scientific career in the Andrology lab (andro meaning “male”) with a major IVF Institute in Australia.
Very quickly, she was placed in charge of male donor specimens for the company. In 2006, after reviewing the Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill, Nicole assisted with putting in place new policies and procedures to comply with the new Act to soon come into force: Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007 (NSW). “Donors no longer could be “anonymous”. They now had to be “de-identified”, which means their name goes onto a registry so a child at 18 can find the
Going through legislation
She took to debt recovery, insolvency, even public liability. But it wasn’t until Nicole practised in Property and Estates that she found an area of law that she was happy with. She still practices in these areas through her firm “Elocin Legal”. But still, something was missing.
She returned to her former IVF employer and became a committee member of the Human Research Ethics Committee. “Our role is primarily to approve and review research. But we also review Surrogacy applications to ensure ethical compliance”.
Very quickly, she was asked to become Chairperson of which she remains. But yet it wasn’t enough, and something was still missing. She desperately tried to find a way to combine her science and law, whilst finding a way to help people.
And born is Sydney Surrogacy Lawyers. “I finally found it. This is my science. This is my ethics. This is my law. This is my passion. And I can finally combine all this into one and give back to those who really need it. Not take them for granted. Embark on this journey with them. This is how I can sleep at night.”
Our Journey with You
We took great comfort in Nicole’s vast expertise in the area of fertility. Her attention to detail, efficiency, and genuine nature made her a pleasure to have along for the ride on our surrogacy journey.
– Intended Parents
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