Published by Surrogacy UK, and written by legal academic Dr Kirsty Horsey in collaboration with the Surrogacy UK Working Group, the report busts a number of pervasive myths that have informed the surrogacy debate in recent years.
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The 2015 Legal 500 UK rankings have given official recognition to Michelmores' Family Team, awarding them a top tier position within the South West. In addition, the team also achieved recognition for the first time in London thanks to the notable addition to the team of the "exceptional Louisa Ghevaert" who is "recommended for her knowledge of fertility law".
Last week, the English High Court published a judgment highlighting mistakes by UK fertility clinics which left eight couples' legal parenthood in jeopardy and highlighted a further 75 similar cases. The couples had to seek declarations of parentage from the High Court, following mistakes completing patient consent forms at UK fertility clinics. The legal difficulties were brought to light following a 2014 audit by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) of patient consents to legal parenthood.
Head of Michelmores' Fertility and Parenting team Louisa Ghevaert, will join a group of expert speakers at the International Family Law Conference, taking place on 21 October 2015.
How is infertility defined?
Infertility is a failure to conceive a child following regular unprotected sexual intercourse for one to two years. NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommend that a woman of reproductive age who has been unsuccessful in conceiving after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse should be offered further medical assessment and tests together with her partner (this assumes no known infertility cause).
Louisa Ghevaert: Specialist contributor on surrogacy law to the fourth edition International Family Law Practice 2015-2016
Louisa Ghevaert, Head of the Michelmores Fertility & Parenting Team, is delighted to be a specialist contributor on surrogacy law to this authoritative family law guide.
Louisa Ghevaert was amongst the world's leading professionals of Assisted Reproductive Technology when she attended the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML) Surrogacy Symposium in London on 18 May 2015.
Louisa Ghevaert - co-author of definitive medical textbook entitled, Reducing Risk in Fertility Patients
Believed to be the only book of its kind 'Reducing Risk in Fertility Patients' is a comprehensive multi agency guide to the risks involved with fertility treatment. Published on 31st March 2015, the book is an essential resource for all fertility clinic staff to consult to reduce the risk associated with their work.
Following recent legal changes, intended parents through surrogacy can now benefit from paid time off work and leave like other parents if they meet the relevant criteria.
We Are Family magazine published the story of Georgios* and Alexander's* journey to parenthood through surrogacy in their Surrogacy Supplement which came out in March 2015.
Georgios and Alexander's story graphically highlights the legal risks and pitfalls that can arise with an international surrogacy arrangement.