Lawyer Supporters

DC Network Lawyer Supporters

The law ought to be simple and straightforward for donor conception families, but it isn’t always. For this reason, if you are planning to conceive as a solo mum, thinking about conceiving with the help of a friend outside the clinic system or at an overseas clinic, you might need legal advice. If you already have children but your relationship is breaking down, advice from a sympathetic and knowledgeable practitioner will be important. If you are a solo mum, you should think about making a will to ensure that your wishes are carried out should anything happen to you. Anyone contemplating surrogacy will certainly need a lawyer because a court order is necessary to confer legal parenthood.

There are many lawyers in this area, but the ones below have signed up to our Lawyer Supporter programme, listed alphabetically. We make no particular recommendation about them other than to tell you they are long-term supporters of DC Network and recognise both the importance of the work they do and also the value of our Network in providing help and information to donor conception families.

If you are a specialist lawyer operating in this area and would like more information about the scheme click here or do please get in touch on 020 7278 2608 or enquiries@dcnetwork.org.

 

Legal firm

Contact

Information

4 Paper Buildings
Temple
London
EC4Y 7EX

020 7427 5200

clerks@4pb.com

www.4pb.com/

4 Paper Buildings is consistently ranked as a leading set of barristers’ chambers specialising in family law.  We have a number of barristers who have experience in the law related fertility, surrogacy, donor conception and legal parentage. Our barristers have appeared in a number of the leading cases in this area of law and can provide assistance through legal advice in conference and/or representation at court.

Sarah Godley
Biscoes Law Limited
62-68 Kingston Crescent
North End
Portsmouth
PO2 8AQ

sgodley@biscoes-law.co.uk

www.biscoes-law.co.uk

At Biscoes we are committed to helping you create and protect the family you have always wanted. 

The law in this area can be complex so it is important that you receive clear advice prior to embarking on this journey. We provide expert, bespoke and cutting edge legal assistance to people across the country and around the world.

Dawson Cornwell
15 Red Lion Square
London
WC1R 4QT

020 7242 2556

Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon), Partner
amh@dawsoncornwell.com

Colin Rogerson, Associate
cr@dawsoncornwell.com

www.dawsoncornwell.com/

Dawson Cornwell is regarded by many as the firm of choice in the field of international surrogacy and fertility law.

Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) is founder of the International Surrogacy Forum and co-chair of the IAFL Surrogacy and ARTS Committee and winner of the Out in the City “Corporate Straight Ally” Award 2014.

Colin Rogerson was described as The Legal 500’s “go-to lawyer for surrogacy” in 2013 and 2014, and was a winner of the LGBT Bar Association and Interlaw Diversity Forum’s “Rising Star under 40” award 2014. 

Frances Edwards
Fisher Meredith LLP
7th Floor,
322 High Holborn,
London,
WC1V 7PB

020 3282 8788

Frances.Edwards@fishermeredith.co.uk
enquiries@fishermeredith.co.uk

www.fishermeredith.co.uk/

Since the firm was established over 40 years ago, Fisher Meredith LLP has established an excellent reputation in children, family and immigration law. We have won numerous awards and are recommended in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

The Forming Families team at Fisher Meredith LLP is made up of dedicated and experienced family, children and immigration lawyers who offer high quality advice to those who want to widen their family. Whether it be assisting with a surrogacy arrangement, a fertility process or an adoption, we are committed to helping you in a friendly, clear and professional way. We can assist with both the family law and immigration aspects of your case to make sure that your journey to developing your family is as smooth as possible.

Our solicitors have an empathetic approach and provide solutions which are tailored to your specific circumstances. We can also advise and assist you with other areas of your life such as property, employment and wills should you so need. Get in touch to find out how we can help. 

Leigh Day
Priory House
25 St Johns Lane
London
EC1M 4LB

020 76501200

mvarney@leighday.co.uk

www.leighday.co.uk/

Leigh Day are experts on using the law to protect people’s rights, achieving long lasting change.

Specialist Human Rights solicitors at Leigh Day have expert knowledge in bringing legal challenges relating to a range of fertility and parenting law issues, including those arising in surrogacy and our Clinical team can provide advice on claims in negligence involving fertility problems.  

Lester Aldridge LLP
Russell House
Oxford Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8EX

Kimberley Davies- Associate

01202 786343

kimberley.davies@LA-law.com

www.lesteraldridge.com/

If you’re starting a family, it can be incredibly exciting but also a very stressful time. At Lester Aldridge, our specialist team is fully experienced in the complexities of fertility and surrogacy law, both in the UK and abroad. We can help you with whatever path you choose and ensure your new family is legally protected.

Kimberley Davies specialises in surrogacy law and donor conception. She has acted for many intended parents that wish to secure their legal status as their child’s parents following surrogacy arrangements in the UK, Eastern Europe, India, Russia and the USA, to name a few. Kimberley also helps people considering donor arrangements with a pre-conception agreement. 

Lester Aldridge can offer support and advice tailored to your particular circumstances and situation. We can meet you at any of our offices in London, Southampton and Bournemouth or regularly assist clients via Skype or telephone conference. We are discrete and professional at all times and are flexible to meet your needs.

Louisa Ghevaert
Michelmores LLP
12th Floor
6 New Street Square
London
EC4A 3BF

0207 7886382

Louisa.ghevaert@michelmores.com

www.michelmores.com

The specialist fertility and parenting team at Michelmores LLP provides flexible and accessible legal advice on a national and international basis through its offices in London, Bristol, Exeter, video conferencing, telephone and email. 

 

The Team is headed by Louisa Ghevaert, a recognised expert in the field of fertility, parenting and family law. Louisa has pioneered advances in fertility, donor conception, surrogacy and parenting law in the UK, representing parents in numerous well known fertility cases. Louisa is a co-author of medical reference book Reducing Risk in Fertility Treatment. She is a specialist contributor on surrogacy law in leading practitioner reference book The International Family Law Practice and is a prominent author and commentator on fertility and parenting law issues. Louisa has a global fertility, parenting and family law practice. Her expertise includes donor conception, co-parenting, fertility treatment law, posthumous conception, international and UK surrogacy, complex children law, LGBT family and parenting law, family and children disputes.

 

Michelmores' specialist fertility and parenting law website contains a wealth of information about fertility, donor conception, surrogacy, parenting and family law - www.michelmores.com/what-we-do/services/fertility-law.

Alasdair Docwra 
Morisons LLP
1 Exchange Crescent
Confernce Square
Edinburgh
EH3 8AN

0131 226 6541

Alasdair.Docwra@morisonsllp.com

www.morisonsllp.com/

The Family Law Team at Morisons LLP is dedicated to delivering first class Family Law Legal Services to their clients and benefits from Accredited Specialists in both the Glasgow and Edinburgh offices. Team Members have a sound knowledge of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 and have had the honour of developing a niche practise in the positive and rewarding area of surrogacy law.

They have frequently represented intended parents and have ensured that the legal aspects of starting or growing their family are dealt with proficiently so that the parents can concentrate on preparing for their new arrival(s). The Team’s warm and candid approach creates a trusting bond with the clients they represent and the partner organisations with whom they work which in turn allows cases to be dealt with smoothly and efficiently.

Natalie Gamble
NGA Law (Natalie Gamble Associates)
201 Borough High Street
London SE1 1JA

020 3701 5915
hello@ngalaw.co.uk

www.nataliegambleassociates.co.uk

NGA Law (Natalie Gamble Associates) was the UK’s first fertility law firm and has unique experience of donor conception and surrogacy law, having worked with hundreds of families and having handled most of the UK’s leading cases in this area.  They are longstanding supporters of the Donor Conception Network, and have long been at the forefront of the law’s development (including fighting for legal rights for gay, lesbian and single parents conceiving through donor conception and surrogacy). 

The firm’s free online Knowledge Centre is a widely used resource on donor conception and surrogacy law. (link to http://www.nataliegambleassociates.co.uk/knowledge-centre)

Anest Mathias / Naomi Angell
Osbornes Solicitors LLP
Livery House, 7-9 Pratt Street
Camden, London NW1 0AE

020 7485 8811
anestmathias@osbornes.net

naomiangell@osbornes.net

www.osbornes.net

If you are considering fertility treatment using donated gametes or you are considering entering into a surrogacy arrangement contact either Naomi or Anest for a confidential no obligation chat.

Naomi Angell and Anest Mathias can provide advice to intended birth parents, co-parents or donors on how the law applies and on what legal rights they will acquire on the birth of a baby or by subsequent agreement or court application. They can also provide advice about parental responsibility and representation of any party involved in a dispute over a child’s parentage.

Sarah Wood-Heath
Wilsons Solicitors LLP
4 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London
WC2A 3AA

01722 427619
sarah.wood-heath@wilsonslaw.com

www.wilsonslaw.com

Sarah specialises in family law, in particular advising and representing clients on building and creating their family.  Sarah is experienced in advising on surrogacy, both UK arrangements and international and on donor conception involving both known and unknown donors, to include preparing co-parenting agreements and donor agreements.  She also has experience in providing practical advice should relationships breakdown.  

Sarah works in Wilsons London and Salisbury offices.

 

Three things to think about when deciding which lawyer is right for you:

  1. Does the practitioner work exclusively in the area of donor and surrogacy law? It may be that the lawyer is a general family lawyer with some specialist knowledge of this area and that might be work well for you, but do be aware that more complex cases usually require a specialist
  2. How established is the practitioner in this field? The firm’s website will give you a good indication of their track-record
  3. Are the firm local to you? Do they need to be? Sometimes, just one face to face meeting will be needed, but there are some circumstances where many meetings might be needed, especially as your children grow and circumstances evolve. It may not be practicable to travel long-distances. 

If you’re a specialist lawyer in the field of donor conception use this link to find out more information about our Lawyer Supporter Scheme. Or you can email us on enquiries@dcnetwork.org or give us a call on 020 7278 2608.

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