In recent years, figures show a steady increase in individuals and couples exploring surrogacy as pathway to parenthood; however despite this increase in demand, the law regulating the process in the UK remains outdated and the legalities of entering into such arrangements can be a complex to navigate, which can leave both intended parents and surrogates feeling vulnerable. In May, we launched the Surrogacy Landscape Podcast - a three-part series exploring the legal implications of growing a family via surrogacy, to help couples and individuals get to grips with the landscape at the outset to ensure that their journey to parenthood is smooth and safe for all involved.
In the trio of expert discussions (linked below), we looked at the past, the present and the future of the surrogacy process. We spoke to a number of leading industry voices and an intended parent to reflect on the full surrogacy lifecycle, the practicalities that need to be considered and the law that currently governs the process in the UK. We dispelled some of the many myths in this area and reflected on the potential for reform in England and Wales (with a special focus on the Law Commission final report which is expected in Autumn 2022), with a view to refining a system that is fit to cater to today’s modern family structures.
Catch up on episode one, two and three here:
- Episode One, The Law – featuring Andrew Coutts, the CEO of the International Fertility Company and Barrister, Andrew Powell from 4PB.
In episode one we look at the definition of surrogacy and the science involved. We reflect on the current laws in place in England and Wales and how these differ to those overseas to support both couples and individuals looking to explore and pursue that often long awaited family. Listen here.
- Episode Two - The Experience – featuring new parent, Stuart Armfield, Andrew Coutts from the International Fertility Company and Immigration law specialist, Rahul Batra from Hudson McKenzie.
In episode two we draw on the recent experience of an intended parent and the considerations for couples and individuals looking to grow a family via surrogacy, looking at where an intended parent might start, with a special focus on international surrogacy. Listen here.
- Episode Three - The Future – featuring Barrister, Andrew Powell and intended parent, Stuart Armfield.
In episode three we delve into the future of surrogacy and explore some of the peculiarities with the current laws in this jurisdiction. We consider what intended parents might want to change, what could be adopted from other jurisdictions and what reform might look like in the future. Listen here.
The podcast series is intended to provide an overview of the law regarding surrogacy and current developments in this area. It should not be relied on as a substitute for professional advice. If you would like to discuss any of the points raised in the podcast, please do not hesitate to contact Harriet Errington or Pippa Cook. Please also see our recent article 'Surrogacy – your questions answered' where we seek to address some of the commonly asked questions regarding surrogacy.