We work with a broad range of intended parents building their families through surrogacy in the UK (and surrogates) and can help you navigate the legal issues smoothly under one roof.
Our aim is not just to tell you what the law says, but to help you manage it, understanding what you need to do and whether you want further support or legal representation when your child is born.
We usually arrange a fixed fee Legal Review with an experienced surrogacy solicitor in the first instance, during which we explain how UK law applies and what you need to do, including:
We can also write to your fertility clinic to confirm we have advised you if needed.
We can help you to navigate surrogacy law in the most straightforward way possible, including:
Although it only happens rarely, we also help when things go wrong, providing advice and legal representation in surrogacy disputes.
If your UK surrogacy arrangement has been properly set up and you meet all the parental order criteria, your court application should be straightforward. However, some parents want support with the process, and we offer a range of services to help, including guidance on how to manage the process yourselves, help with preparing your evidence and legal representation from start to finish.
We also work with parents who, for whatever reason, are not able to apply for a parental order, finding creative ways of securing your family’s legal status as far as possible.
Our services are charged on a fixed fee basis wherever possible so you know exactly where you stand.
Sometimes legal issues arise during the limbo period before a parental order is granted. The situations when you might need legal clarification can include: communication issues with your surrogate, birth registration, the exercise of parental responsibility, or problems involving maternity hospitals, doctors or social services. We can advise you on resolving these issues in the most practical way based on your circumstances. Our solicitors can help give you a clear understanding of your legal rights in the pre and post-birth periods.
We prepare specialist wills for intended parents and surrogates, to protect everyone involved if there is an unexpected death during the UK surrogacy process. Wills are needed because your child may not have automatic rights of inheritance from you until your UK parental order is granted. Our long experience means we understand the what a surrogacy will needs to say to protect you, as well as dealing with the wider protection of your family.
Our easy remote service enables you to make or update your wills via telephone/Skype and email, for a fixed fee.
We also help families created through international surrogacy, including British parents based overseas and UK based parents conceiving through surrogacy in a wide range of international surrogacy destinations including the USA, Canada, Ukraine, Georgia and more. If you have not yet decided on the right surrogacy route for you, we can also help you compare the options, covering legal parenthood, British nationality and other practicalities.
Our sister organisation, a non-profit surrogacy agency, helps with the practical advice on surrogacy options. This means looking at the risks, costs and locations for surrogacy. This is all supported through the surrogacy Matching and Management service that they offer.