Fertility Law

Fertility treatment creates a number of medical and legal issues which need to be carefully managed from the outset.

Fertility treatment continues to evolve and medical techniques include: in vitro fertilisation (IVF), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), intrauterine insemination (IUI) and donor insemination (DI).

Developments in assisted reproductive technology, together with the demands of modern families built through assisted conception, continue to challenge and outpace the law. The HFEA requires fertility patients to give informed consent to treatment, including both the medical and legal aspects. Fertility patients and modern families take many forms comprising solo parents, heterosexual and same sex couples as well as families formed through donor conception, known donation, co-parenting, posthumous conception and surrogacy. This creates complex legal issues and it can have unintended outcomes which can leave patients without legal status and confer unwanted legal status on others.

Patients undergoing fertility treatment also need to make important decisions about the storage and future use of their eggs, sperm and embryos. The law is complex and a lack of understanding and management of the legal issues can create unexpected difficulties, which can come into sharp focus following illness, death and relationship breakdown.

It is therefore the consistent message of the English Court that all parties involved in assisted conception and modern family building should obtain specialist fertility and modern family law advice before establishing a pregnancy.

I offer expert legal advice on the complex legal and practical issues associated with fertility treatment, assisted conception and modern family building to include:

  • Fertility treatment at a UK licensed clinic
  • Sperm donation in the UK and internationally
  • Egg donation in the UK and internationally
  • Surrogacy law in the UK and internationally
  • Co-parenting law
  • Known donation law
  • Posthumous conception law

If you would like to discuss your situation in more detail please contact me by email lghevaert@vardags.com or call +44 (0)207 4049390.