The UK’s first fertility law firm opens for business today. Founded by high profile fertility lawyer Natalie Gamble and parenting lawyer Louisa Ghevaert, Gamble and Ghevaert LLP is the first solicitors’ firm in the UK to specialise exclusively in fertility and parenting law. The new niche firm will offer leading expertise to parents conceiving through fertility treatment and in non-traditional family structures.
“The law in this area is complex and much of it brand new” say Natalie and Louisa. “There are growing numbers of parents starting or structuring their families in unusual ways including families with more than two parents, same sex parents, children conceived using frozen embryos or donor gametes or the help of a surrogate. They need legal experts who can provide sensitive, cutting edge advice on difficult and often unprecedented legal questions, both about conception and later parenting issues.”
Natalie Gamble is widely known as a leading fertility lawyer and was a prominent commentator on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. She has passionately championed the rights of fertility patients, and was last year nominated by gay rights organisation Stonewall as a Hero of the Year for her work supporting the new rights for gay and lesbian parents. Louisa Ghevaert is an experienced family law litigator, who brings to the firm a wealth of experience of dealing with parenting disputes.
“Our launch of Gamble and Ghevaert LLP is timely” say Natalie and Louisa. “ The new parenthood rules have just come into force, and the rest of the Act is due to take effect later this year. It’s a time when patients need guidance on how the law affects them.”
As part of the launch, Natalie and Louisa unveil the Gamble and Ghevaert website today (www.nataliegambleassociates.co.uk). The first comprehensive resource of its kind, it contains a wealth of information about fertility and parenting law and looks sure to become a staple resource for patients and parents.
“Increasing public knowledge and understanding of fertility and parenting law issues is all part of our passion for our subject” say Natalie and Louisa. “We are immensely excited to be launching the first fertility law firm in the UK and we will do all we can to help improve the lot of parents and fertility patients.”