Helping you respond to the Law Commission surrogacy consultation

August 10, 2019

The Law Commission is, until 11 October, consulting on surrogacy law reform. Its provisional proposals are positive and, if passed, will enable intended parents to be legal parents from birth in many surrogacy cases.  But the detail is complex, with different legal paths for different situations, and the proposals are not yet a done deal.

We need your help, to express support for positive reform and to give practical feedback to ensure any new law works in practice. Your voices could have a pivotal impact on the Law Commission’s final proposals and whether they ultimately become law. Please do get involved, whether you are a parent through surrogacy (UK or international), an intended parent, a surrogate, a lawyer, a fertility clinician, counsellor or anyone else involved in surrogacy.

If you have time, read the full consultation document – it is an impressive and thorough review of the current surrogacy law and practice, its history, the ethical issues and debates. But with 475 pages of text and 118 consultation questions to respond to, you may not have time to review the whole thing. So we have created five easy steps to help you do what you can – you need only answer the questions you want to (though be assured that we will be responding to each and every one).

Step 1: Read our overview of the Law Commission proposals

Step 2: Read our guidance on responding

Step 3: Review our list of the consultation questions to decide which you want to respond to

Step 4: Submit your response via the Law Commission’s online consultation portal before 11 October

Step 5: If you can, attend one of the Law Commission’s consultation events to give your views in person

If you want our help, please contact us at We are collecting views from our clients and others we work with to inform our response so feel free to let us know your thoughts.

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