Links

Here are some useful links that people have asked us to list, Surrogacy in the UK, Other Organisations, Groups and Government Bodies.
Please note C.O.T.S. does not sanction any of these external links and cannot be held responsible for any of their content. Should you find a link that isnt working please email us with details to kim@surrogacy.org.uk.

 

Counselling

BICA Accredited counsellors are recognised by the HFEA.

https://www.bica.net/find-a-counsellor

 

Adoption & Fostering   

 

http://www.coram.org.uk

 

www.first4adoption.org.uk

 

https://www.bemyparent.org.uk

 

http://www.pathwaycare.com

 

http://www.barnardos.org.uk

 

 

  

Breast feeding your child


La Leche League GB 
Website http://www.laleche.org.uk

 

 

National Breast Feeding Helpline
Website http://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/

 

 

  

Cancer Support

Cancer Research UK
Website http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

 

Daisy Network 

Early Ovarian Failure Support Group and Endometriosis.
Website http://www.daisynetwork.org.uk/

 

 

Childbirth                                

 

National Childbirth Trust
Website: https://www.nct.org.uk/

 

Active Birth Centre

Website http://activebirthcentre.com/

 

Birthchoiceuk 
Website http://www.which.co.uk/birth-choice

 

 

Conception & Kits     

   

SME Fertility
Ovulation & Pregnancy Kits etc. 
Website http://www.sme-fertility.co.uk/
 

 

Babystart Ltd
Website https://babystart.co.uk/

 

 

Medisave (UK) Ltd

Website http://www.medisave.co.uk/

 

Online DBS Check Application | DBS Check Online

 

Government Bodies          

British Medical Association
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP  Telephone: 020 7387 4499 - Fax: 020 7383 6400  Website http://bma.org.uk/
 

 

Department of Health
Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS
0207 210 4850 (line open from 10.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday).
Website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health
 

 

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Paxton House, 30 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS
Tel 0207 291 8200 (line open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday)  Fax: 0207 291 8201  Website http://www.hfea.gov.uk/

Surrogacy Act
Some links on the HFEA site that may be of interest - Section 27/28/29/30 regards surrogacy

HFEA ACT 1990  (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/37/contents)
Section 27  (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/37/contents#mdiv27)
Section 30 (http://www.surrogacy.org.uk/pdf/section30hfea.pdf)
Children's Act (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1989/41/contents)
Surrogacy Act  (http://www.surrogacy.org.uk/pdf/Sur-act.pdf)

 

 

Independent Midwives        

  

Independent Midwifery UK
Website: http://www.imuk.org.uk/

 

 

Infertility Support Groups   

 

Fertility Friends
Website http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/

 

Infertility Network UK
http://www.infertilitynetworkuk.com/

 

 

 

Insurance   

Life insurance for surrogate mother's. Single policy for Two year for at least £500,000 on life. If you can afford it please add critical illness cover.  Please make sure that the policy is set in place before any attempts at inseminations/transfers take place.
 

Sovereign Finance
 

Website http://www.sovereignfinance.org/  

 

Aviva
http://www.aviva.co.uk/insurance/

Maternity Rights

Childrens and Family act new information (includes new maternity rights and pay information)


https://www.gov.uk/government/news/landmark-children-and-families-act-2014-gains-royal-assent

 

https://www.gov.uk/legal-rights-when-using-surrogates-and-donors/maternity-leave 

 

Additionally a surrogate can get advice through the ACAS Helpline which is the official organisation that helps resolve issues

between employees and employers. http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2042 

 

Medical Tests

The Doctors Laboratory
58 Wimpole Street, London W1M 8LQ
Telephone +44 (0)20 7307 7373 - Fax +44 (0)20 7307 7374
Website http://www.tdlpathology.com/  Email tdl@tdlpathology.com
For all medical tests required by COTS ie HIV etc. + DNA testing

 

 

DNA Diagnostics Centre

Non Evasive Pre Natal DNA Testing

http://www.dna-bioscience.co.uk/prenatal-testing.php

 

 

Miscarriage/Recurrent Miscarriages  

 

Miscarriage Association
http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/    

 

 

 

 

Legal Support

Please note COTS cannot recommend one solicitor over another. Please check their fees before proceeding.

https://crbdirect.org.uk/

For the writing of wills any local solicitor can be used. Parental Orders do not always require a solicitor, it's your choice entirely. Surrogacy Agreements are unenforceable by law so no solicitor required for them either.

 

Michelle Miller

www.surrogacy wills.co.uk

Email: michelle@surrogacywills.co.uk

Telephone: 07702894710

Fees £125.00 for each will to include letter to clinic.

For a Non Will client the fee is just £49.00 for the legal letters for your IVF units.

 

Michelle is an expert in writing wills for surrogacy arrangements and also legal letters for your IVF units. As an IP herself she knows exactly how it all works and her fees are ultra reasonable. Check it out for yourselves.

 

Almond Wills 


Telephone: 0843 886 5767

Email: enquiry@almondwills.com

www.almondwills.com

Very reasonable fees.

 

Penningtons Manches Cooper

Bethan is an associate in the family team in Guildford. She advises on all areas of private family law. She has a particular specialism in domestic and international surrogacy arrangements and frequently advises intended parents on their legal status. Her approach is to focus on finding a creative solution which works best for her clients’ individual situation and she has been described in The Legal 500 as ‘thorough, professional and knowledgeable’.

Bethan has written about surrogacy for a number of publications, including The Times and Glamour magazine, and last year was nominated for Surrogacy Professional of the Year at the National Surrogacy Awards. She has also appeared on BBC 1’s The Big Questions for a debate on surrogacy. You can follow Bethan on Instagram, @thesurrogacysolicitor, where she posts about surrogacy and fertility law in an attempt to raise awareness and make information more accessible for intended parents and surrogates.

bethan.carr@penningtonslaw.com

01483 791807

Fees are £250.00 plus VAT

Laytons LLP


Pinners Hall, 105-108 Old Broad Street,
London EC2N 1ER
Tel: 020 7842 8000  London

Contact is Andrew Spearman

Andrew.Spearman@Laytons.com

Andrew is an experienced family law practitioner with a specialism in Surrogacy & Fertility law. He became a Partner at Laytons in 2019 and is Head of the Family Team, ensuring the highest quality of service and client care for each client.

In 2019, he was identified as a Leading Individual by the Legal 500 team for his work in the field of surrogacy law and parenthood. As a consequence of his extensive work, seminars and involvement with surrogacy charities, he is recognised both as a leader in his field and as having an ability to give practical, proportionate solutions to complex problems.

Fees are also £250.00 plus VAT

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is a firm of solicitors providing specialist help and advice to parents and parents-to-be. We guide our clients through all of the legal issues around domestic and international surrogacy, fertility treatment and donor conception.

Contact is Tom Burgess 

Tel 0845 404 1715   Mobile 07809 091487

tom.burgess@freeths.co.uk

Rachael Oakes​

Partner and Joint Head of the Family Wealth Team

T: 0845 128 6960

F: 0845 050 3200

M: 07972 753265

​Fees £550.00 plus VAT

 

http://www.freeths.co.uk/legal-services/individuals/family-law/surrogacy-law/

 

Mills & Reeve 

www.mills-reeve.com

Two Specialist Contacts

Amy Starnes tel 0207 648 9256

email: amy.starnes@mills-reeve.com

Rose-Marie Drury tel 0161 235 5443

email:rose-marie.drury@mills-reeve.com

Stowe Family Law

 Are the largest family law firm in the UK with 18 offices all over the country.

Tel is 0330 404 6068   https://www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk/children/surrogacy 

Simpson Millar

 

 

Fiona Lyon:  Partner & Head of Family Law- London Region, fiona.lyon@simpsonmillar.co.uk , 0345 357 9490,
Office Address: 16 Upper Woburn Place, Euston, London, WC1H 0AF

 

-Paul Hicks: Solicitor, paul.hicks@simpsonmillar.co.uk, 0345 357 9661

Office Address: Broad Quay House, Broad Quay, Bristol, BS1 4DJ