Louisa Ghevaert Joins Vardags

I am delighted to join Vardags, the UK’s leading high net worth family law firm, to launch a specialist Fertility, Surrogacy, Donor Conception and Modern Families Law Practice.

The growth of modern family building arrangements and modern family structures, increasing reliance upon ‘on-demand’ fertility sector services and rapidly evolving law and policy present many challenges for prospective parents, fertility patients, donors, surrogates and families. The internet and apps are changing the character and nature of family building and family life, offering more speed and choice than ever before. This digital revolution, together with the global reach of the fertility sector, is now a reality.

The ever growing range and accessibility of fertility treatment and family building options create complex medical, practical, emotional and legal issues. Whilst law continues to evolve, it continues to be outstripped by the needs and expectations of patients, parents and families. Modern families and those formed through fertility treatment, donor conception and surrogacy create complex legal issues. This can lead to unintended outcomes which leave parents without legal status for their child.  It can also confer unwanted legal status and responsibilities on others and create legal uncertainty.

It is therefore more important than ever before for modern families and those created through assisted conception to put in place firm legal foundations. Specialist fertility, surrogacy, donor conception and family law advice can provide a workable legal and practical framework.  It can also help navigate unexpected changes in individuals’ personal and family lives.  It is an integral part of the family building process and family life and not an ‘add-on’.

I provide strategic legal advice on international and UK surrogacy, donor conception, fertility treatment law, complex children and family law disputes, financial provision for children and  creation and protection of modern families. For more information and assistance I can be contacted at lghevaert@vardags.com or by telephone: 020 7788 7154.

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