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We are able to offer advice and assistance on legal parentage following assisted conception. This is a complex area of law and we are experts in supporting our clients who have questions about the process. We are able to offer advice to intended birth parents and to donors on their legal rights.  

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Where fertility treatment is undertaken by a licensed clinic the necessary formalities are usually complied with.  However, if an informal arrangement has taken place or there have been any anomalies in the clinic’s record keeping then we can assist.  We are highly qualified to represent any party who is ultimately faced with proceedings concerning a dispute over a child’s parentage.

This is a swiftly evolving and complex area of law. Our lawyers have the technical know how to guide you through the process.


We can advise on all aspects of fertility law including artificial insemination, assisted reproduction via IVF or IUI, surrogacy arrangements, LGBTQ+ families, posthumous use of embryos and disputes relating to the parentage of a child.

Yes. We are able to explain the legal framework and issues to you so that you are able to satisfy the clinic that you are able to give informed consent to treatment.

Absolutely. If you conceive a child outside of a licensed UK fertility clinic the donor may be considered the legal parent of the child. It is imperative that you consider the legal implications in advance.

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