Our Service

We are at the cutting edge of this developing area of law and can provide specialist legal advice relating to:

  • Family planning in artificial insemination and donor conception cases
  • Acquiring parental rights (Parental Responsibility) for children born via assisted reproduction
  • Donor anonymity
  • Surrogacy and acquiring parental rights via a Parental Order
  • Acquiring parental rights in disputed artificial insemination, donor conception and surrogacy cases

We advise heterosexual, lesbian and gay couples who are considering or have used assisted reproduction or surrogacy as a means of starting a family.

Our Approach & Our Experience

The law surrounding assisted reproduction and surrogacy is complex and distinct from traditional family law and principles.

Our solicitors have the specialist expertise in this fast-developing area of law, which means that they can advise modern families who are starting a family.

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Our Promise & Core Values

Our Promise

The Myerson Promise - Our Partners, team of lawyers and support staff commit to giving our clients more.

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To always give you clear, jargon-free advice.
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To be completely transparent about our fees from the outset.
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Progress every matter in an efficient and timely matter.

Our Core Values

Our core values are at the centre of everything we do.

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We are always professional but ensure that we are friendly and approachable.
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We are determined and enthusiastic about supporting our clients and our people.
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We willingly take responsibility and can be relied on to be commercial, effective and efficient.

Assisted Reproduction: Quick Guide to Acquiring Parental Rights

Who is the Legal Parent?

Heterosexual Couple Conceiving With Donor Sperm Only

The woman who carries and gives birth to the child is the legal mother.
The mother’s husband is the legal father; or
If the mother is unmarried, the mother’s partner is the legal father if:

  • The fertility treatment takes place at a licenced UK clinic;
  • The man in question is alive at the time of the treatment; and

Written signed notices are given to the clinic by the mother and father stating that they both wish for the man to be treated as the father.

Lesbian Couples Conceiving With Donor Sperm

The woman who carries and gives birth to the child is the legal mother.
The birth mother’s civil partner or wife is the other legal mother; or
If the birth mother is not in a civil partnership or married, the mother’s partner is the other legal mother if:

  • The fertility treatment takes place at a licenced UK clinic;
  • The woman in question is alive at the time of the treatment; and

Written signed notices are given to the clinic by both mothers stating that they both wish for the mother's partner to be treated as the other legal mother.

Heterosexual, Lesbian or Gay Couples Using a Surrogate Mother:

  • The surrogate mother is the legal mother.
  • If the surrogate is married, her husband is the legal father.
  • If the surrogate is not married, the male whose sperm is used (usually the intended father) is the legal father.

Therefore, the intended parents need to apply for a Parental Order within 6 months of the child’s birth to be registered as the legal mother and father. The effect of a Parental Order abolishes the surrogate's (and her husband's, if she is married) legal rights in relation to the child.

Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Jane Tenquist

Jane Tenquist

Jane is a Partner and Head of the Family Law Team

Nichola Bright

Nichola Bright

Nichola is a Senior Solicitor in our Family Law department

Holly Atkins

Holly Atkins

Holly is a Trainee Solicitor in our Family department

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Please send us your enquiry using this enquiry form, or you can send us an email to lawyers@myerson.co.uk