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.

Louise Barretto and Karma Hickman
Bishop and Sewell LLP
59-60 Russell Square
London
WC1B 4HP

+44 (0) 20 7091 2879

https://www.bishopandsewell.co.uk/

Louise Baretto
lbarretto@bishopandsewell.co.uk

Karma Hickman khickman@bishopandsewell.co.uk

Bishop and Sewell’s specialised Forming Families team is made up of experienced, approachable lawyers who are able to advise on a range of issues arising from fertility and surrogacy law.

We pride ourselves on offering clear and practical advice in a supportive, accessible way.

Our Forming Families team is uniquely placed to help those considering international options, as it brings together lawyers from our family and immigration departments.

Both departments are listed in Chambers and Legal 500, where Louise Barretto and Karma Hickman are also individually recognised for their work.

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. 

Jemma Dally
Goodman Ray Solicitors
5 Cranwood Street
London
EC1V 9GR

020 7608 1227

jemmadally@goodmanray.com

www.goodmanray.com

Goodman Ray is a leading expert in surrogacy, fertility and adoption law. The firm has acted in numerous cutting-edge cases in these fields and provides practical and creative advice to clients who are starting their families through assisted reproduction.

Goodman Ray has a specialist fertility team headed by Jemma Dally who has extensive knowledge and experience in domestic and international surrogacy.  Jemma Dally is described by Chambers and Partners 2018 as “one of the best people one could go to for very knowledgeable advice” on surrogacy and alternative families law.    She represented many of the parents in the landmark decision The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (A & Ors) 2015 EWHC 2602 concerning the acquisition of legal parenthood in respect of children conceived using donor sperm.  The team can advise on all areas of family law relating to donor-conceived children and children born by assisted reproduction.  The team are based in our London office but Jemma has clients from all over the world and can offer appointments by skype and telephone to her clients.

Cara Nuttall and Joanna Jellings
JMW
1 Byrom Place
Manchester
M3 3HG

Cara Nuttall
cara.nuttall@jmw.co.uk

Joanna Jellings
joanna.jellings@jmw.co.uk

https://www.jmw.co.uk/

JMW offer services in both Manchester and Liverpool.

Our experienced team of family lawyers has the compassion and legal know-how to guide you through whatever legal situation you may face. At JMW we are committed to providing you with the cutting edge legal advice you need to secure a firm legal foundation for your family. Whether you are considering adopting a child within the UK or overseas, conceiving a child through sperm or egg donation, co-parenting or extending your family via surrogacy, we can help.

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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