Alan Larkin speaking at leading legal tech conference

Alan Larkin, Head of Innovation and Technology at Family Law Partners, has been invited to speak at the Alternative Legal Management Summit 2018 and the Alternative Legal IT Conference 2018. Two of the leading events in the legal technology sector, the events are organised by Alternative Events and are this year taking place in Birmingham on

Making the law of surrogacy work for everyone

For National Surrogacy Week 2018 we invited Professor Nick Hopkins, Commissioner, and Leonie James, Research Assistant, Law Commission for England and Wales, to contribute the following piece: Becoming a parent is the greatest day in many people’s lives. But for whatever reason, sometimes surrogacy can be the only way for people to have children of

International surrogacy – what you need to know

There is little doubt that surrogacy is on the rise and is increasingly becoming an option for parents who are unable to conceive naturally.  For many reasons, parents are now seeking professional surrogacy services abroad. International surrogacy is however, a complex area. Unfortunately, there is no international law governing surrogacy and the laws vary widely

Surrogacy – Criteria for Making a Parental Order

Under UK Law, the surrogate mother is the legal mother of the child and, if she is married or has entered into a civil partnership, then her spouse or civil partner will be regarded as the second legal parent of the child (unless it can be proved that he / she didn’t consent to the

Surrogacy case-study – a real life family shares their experience

Ross Gibson is a former British gymnast, born and raised in Blackpool. Since 2004 he has been performing as the principle character ‘Red Bird’ in Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas show Mystère. He is married to Ben, a champion synchronised swimmer from France who is also a performer in the Las Vegas show ‘Le Reve’.

Myths of surrogacy

In support of National Surrogacy Week, its aim being to celebrate and raise awareness of surrogacy in the UK, this blog post has been written to try and demystify some of the common misunderstandings around surrogacy in the UK. Myth: “Surrogacy is illegal in the UK.” Surrogacy is legal in the UK; however, it is

UK Surrogacy Law – why reform is needed

As part of National Surrogacy Week 2018, Gemma Vines explores the impact of a recent case and why changes are needed to the law surrounding surrogacy in the UK. The recent case of AB v CD [2018] EWHC 1590, where the Court was again prevented from granting the biological parents of twin children a Parental