Surrogacy Law Reform project

Surrogacy Law Reform project


Surrogacy Law Reform project

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The UK's surrogacy laws are over 30 years old and in serious need of updating. KLS's Kirsty Horsey works on projects towards law reform, including the Surrogacy UK Working Group on Surrogacy Law Reform, whose November 2015 report made key recommendations for policymakers

 

Surrogacy UK Working Group

 

Surrogacy UK (SUK) set up the Working Group on Surrogacy Law Reform to highlight the need for urgent reform of surrogacy law in the UK. The Working Group wanted to give a voice to those involved in surrogacy – either as intended parents, surrogates or professionals in the field – as well as to interrogate and dispel a number of pervasive ‘surrogacy myths’ that have informed debate in recent years.  The Working Group Report, published November 2015, concludes that the time is ripe to embark upon reform of surrogacy law and regulation in the UK, and makes a series of recommendations to that effect, all with the underlying aim or protecting the best interests of children born via surrogacy.

Dr Kirsty Horsey is a senior lecturer at Kent Law School, University of Kent. She has been interested in and actively researching surrogacy law – and advocating reform – for 18 years, since beginning her PhD research on legal parenthood following the use of surrogacy and other forms of assisted conception. She has written a number of articles and book chapters on surrogacy in the UK, including
publications in Child and Family Law Quarterly and the Medical Law Review.

Natalie Smith is a trustee of Surrogacy UK, a leading not-for-profit organisation that helps create families through surrogacy and champions ethical surrogacy. She is a mum to twin girls born through surrogacy and a support worker for couples looking into surrogacy. Natalie chairs the Surrogacy UK Working Group on Surrogacy Law
Reform.

Sarah Norcross is Director of the Progress Educational Trust (PET), Commissioning Editor of its publication BioNews and Co-Chair of the campaigning organisation Fertility Fairness. She is also a Member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s National Donation Strategy Group, the National Gamete Donation Trust’s Advisory Council and the Association of Fertility Patient Organisations.

Louisa Ghevaert is an expert in surrogacy, fertility and parenting law at Michelmores LLP. She has pioneered the practice of fertility, surrogacy, parenting and family law in the UK, and leads Michelmores’ global fertility and parenting practice. Her expertise covers international and UK surrogacy, donor conception, coparenting, fertility treatment law, posthumous conception, gay and lesbian parenting and family and children disputes. She has litigated some of the most significant UK fertility law cases including numerous landmark assisted reproduction and surrogacy cases in the English High Court. In addition, Louisa is a contributor on surrogacy law in the leading practitioner reference book The International Family Law Practice (4th ed, June 2015) and a co-author of medical reference book Reducing Risk in Fertility Treatment (1st ed, April 2015).

Sarah Jones is a trustee of Surrogacy UK, and has been a member of the organisation for 14 years. She is a mother of three and is proud to have been a surrogate three times. She enjoys a close friendship with the three families she helped to create.


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