Surrogacy in the UK - legal services

We are the UK’s leading surrogacy lawyers. The first to specialise in this area of law, we have experience helping over 1,200 families, and have been responsible for nearly all the major cases which have shaped UK surrogacy law.

For those going through surrogacy in the UK, we work with intended parents and surrogates, as well as the professionals who support them.  We can help you navigate the legal issues smoothly under one roof. We also have leading expertise in international surrogacy law.

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 the support or legal representation you need when your child is born.

We usually arrange a fixed fee Legal Review with an experienced surrogacy solicitor in the first instance, including:

  • The U.K. surrogacy law framework
  • Setting things up with your surrogate 
  • Fertility treatment forms and processes for surrogacy 
  • Birth registration
  • The parental order process
  • How to manage the limbo period successfully.

We can also write to your fertility clinic to confirm we have advised you.

Contact us to arrange a meeting in person, by Skype or telephone.

You can fill in our contact form, call us on +44 (0) 20 3701 5915 or email us.

How we help with navigating the law around UK surrogacy

Our solicitors can help you navigate U.K. surrogacy law in the most straightforward way possible, including:

  • Legal help and representation in parental order applications
  • Help with any issues which arise during the limbo period
  • Specialist surrogacy wills
  • Practical surrogacy support through our sister organisation Brilliant Beginnings.

Although it only happens rarely, we also help when things go wrong, providing advice and legal representation in surrogacy disputes.

Parental order applications after surrogacy in the UK

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. 

Help with surrogacy issues that arise during the post-birth period

Sometimes legal issues arise during the limbo period before a parental order is granted.  The situations when you might need legal clarification on 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.

Specialist wills for surrogacy

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 the right people 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. 

International surrogacy law services

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. Learn more about International surrogacy.

Need more than legal advice? Brilliant Beginnings can help

Our sister organisation, a non-profit surrogacy agency, can provide more practical advice on the surrogacy options available to you, as well as offering practical help with surrogacy pathways in the UK, USA and Canada. Find out about Brilliant Beginnings services.

Looking for more information about surrogacy in the UK?

Our free online Knowledge Centre contains guidance, published articles and access to the law and court forms you may need for:

Contact us to arrange a meeting in person, by Skype or telephone.

You can fill in our contact form, call us on +44 (0) 20 3701 5915 or email us at hello@ngalaw.com.