The Fertility Solicitor

The Fertility Solicitor Hi, my name is Liza Gatrell. I am a UK Fertility, Surrogacy and Family Solicitor. I love helping people to expand their homes by at least two feet!

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‘They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down...
08/11/2020

‘They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them’
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#lestweforget🌹 #remembrancesunday

Today marks the start of Baby Loss Awareness week 2020.I suffered from secondary infertility and multiple miscarriages. ...
09/10/2020

Today marks the start of Baby Loss Awareness week 2020.

I suffered from secondary infertility and multiple miscarriages. It was heart wrenching and left me wondering what I had done wrong. After a lot of heart ache, time and with some help, I did go on to have my rainbow baby.

I join with many other parents while we think about what could have been during this week.

It’s often not talked about, it’s the elephant in the room, which can lead to you believing that you are the only one suffering. However, there is an amazingly supportive community out there. Big hugs to everyone.
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#babylossawareness #babylossawarenessweek2020 #blaw2020 #misscarriage #miscarriageawareness #miscarriagesupport #infertility #infertilityawareness #fertility #secondaryinfertility #fertilitylaw #fertilitylawyer

Let’s talk teamwork. Clients who instruct me, quickly get to know Jen.Jen is my secretary, but that title doesn’t do her...
11/09/2020

Let’s talk teamwork.

Clients who instruct me, quickly get to know Jen.

Jen is my secretary, but that title doesn’t do her justice. We have been working together since 2017 and we are very much a team.

Fertility and surrogacy law should be all about collaborations and teamwork. We work with each other, but we also work with our colleagues, Barristers, agencies, immigration experts and clinics to name but a few.

If you are considering a surrogacy arrangement, then you need a team of people around you that you can trust and who can work together.

Everyone needs a Jen, but you can’t have this one 😉

Let’s talk surrogacy in Ukraine. I have had a number of enquires recently from intended parents hoping to embark on a su...
11/09/2020

Let’s talk surrogacy in Ukraine.

I have had a number of enquires recently from intended parents hoping to embark on a surrogacy arrangement in Ukraine.

Unlike American states, such as California, there is no straightforward legal procedure for surrogacy arrangements. The cost of surrogacy arrangements can be much lower, which may be why it is an increasingly popular destination, but you will have to factor in other things.

Whilst intended parents can be named on the birth certificate, the baby won’t be entitled to a local passport. This means that intended parents will need to apply for a British passport, is they can, before they are able to bring baby home. Even before Covid this procedure could take 16 weeks and the intended parents will need to consider the cost of staying in Ukraine, or travelling back and forth, during this time.

Intended parents will need to find a clinic that can help to match them with a surrogate and undertake the fertility treatment. Unless the intended parents speak Ukrainian, you will also need to be able to get over the language barrier and you will want to ensure that your surrogate knows what she is agreeing to and that there is nothing to be concerned about.

Don’t forget a parental order is needed!

Do get in tough if you are considering Ukraine and would like some further information.

My rainbow baby 🌈
22/08/2020

My rainbow baby 🌈

Jumping into Saturday!#holiday #landsend #cornwall #surrogacylawyer #surrogacysolicitor #fertilitylawyer #fertilitysolic...
22/08/2020

Jumping into Saturday!

#holiday #landsend #cornwall #surrogacylawyer #surrogacysolicitor #fertilitylawyer #fertilitysolicitor #makingmemories #instalawyerlife⚖️ #instalawyer

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12/08/2020

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Let’s talk surrogacy in America...Surrogacy in America is available to all types of intended parents, regardless of sexu...
11/08/2020

Let’s talk surrogacy in America...

Surrogacy in America is available to all types of intended parents, regardless of sexual orientation, gender or relationship status. You need to do your research and find a state that is surrogacy friendly. There is usually a team of professionals involved, you will need to find an attorney, agency and clinic in America. It is usually really helpful to find ones that are used to working with each other.

As long as you go to a state that is surrogacy friendly, and you work with your American attorney to make sure everything is set up correctly, you should get a birth certificate with your name on it. You will need to be present when your baby is born and you will be immediately responsible for him or her.

As your baby will be recognised as an American citizen because they were born there, they will be entitled to an American passport. Covid aside, these are usually available quickly enough to allow travel back to the UK within a few weeks, although there can be some implications so do get advice.

Many client’s go to America because of the number of surrogates and the well trodden pathway, which is well established in some states.

In America surrogates are paid compensation, as well as their expenses. This is on top of the costs associated with the agency, clinic and attorney you choose. America is the most expensive option, with costs typically between £150,000- £200,000 in total.

You must remember that just because you are legally recognised as the parents in America, this does not translate to the UK. You will need to get a parental order.

If you have any questions regarding an American surrogacy journey please do get in contact.

Some resources clients find helpful are:

@menhavingbabies to look at the reviews, and @creativefamilyconnections who have a great map of the different laws in each state at www.surrogacymap.com.

It may be very British to say, but how good is this weather!There has been lots of great content online surrounding Surr...
08/08/2020

It may be very British to say, but how good is this weather!

There has been lots of great content online surrounding Surrogacy week. I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts.

As we near the end of surrogacy week, I would like to give a shout out to all the surrogate partners out there. They play an integral role in a surrogacy journey, thank you for the support you give.

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04/08/2020

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Let’s talk surrogacy in America...Surrogacy in America is available to all types of intended parents, regardless of sexu...
03/08/2020

Let’s talk surrogacy in America...

Surrogacy in America is available to all types of intended parents, regardless of sexual orientation, gender or relationship status. You need to do your research and find a state that is surrogacy friendly. There is usually a team of professionals involved, you will need to find an attorney, agency and clinic in America. It is usually really helpful to find ones that are used to working with each other.

As long as you go to a state that is surrogacy friendly, and you work with your American attorney to make sure everything is set up correctly, you should get a birth certificate with your name on it. You will need to be present when your baby is born and you will be immediately responsible for him or her.

As your baby will be recognised as an American citizen because they were born there, they will be entitled to an American passport. Covid aside, these are usually available quickly enough to allow travel back to the UK within a few weeks, although there can be some implications so do get advice.

Many client’s go to America because of the number of surrogates and the well trodden pathway, which is well established in some states.

In America surrogates are paid compensation, as well as their expenses. This is on top of the costs associated with the agency, clinic and attorney you choose. America is the most expensive option, with costs typically between £150,000- £200,000 in total.

You must remember that just because you are legally recognised as the parents in America, this does not translate to the UK. You will need to get a parental order.

If you have any questions regarding an American surrogacy journey please do get in contact.

Some resources clients find helpful are:

@menhavingbabies to look at the reviews, and @creativefamilyconnections who have a great map of the different laws in each state at www.surrogacymap.com.

I am loving the sun being out ☀️It’s amazing how much a bit of sunshine lifts your mood.Happy Monday everyone.
03/08/2020

I am loving the sun being out ☀️

It’s amazing how much a bit of sunshine lifts your mood.

Happy Monday everyone.

Let’s talk international surrogacy.I have delayed writing about international surrogacy because of all the difficulties ...
28/07/2020

Let’s talk international surrogacy.

I have delayed writing about international surrogacy because of all the difficulties that were being faced amid the current public health crisis. However, I feel that now is the right time to begin delving into this topic.

There are many reasons why people may choose to go abroad for their surrogacy arrangement. Reasons can often centre around it being easier to find a surrogate and pre-birth orders being available in some countries. Before we go any further it is important to remember that even if you have an order, or birth certificate, from another country, this does not mean that you will be recognised at the legal parents in the UK.

The most common destinations for international surrogacy arrangements are Canada, USA, Georgia and the Ukraine.

I will delve deeper into these countries in the next couple of weeks.

If you have any questions please do get in touch.

How do you pick a fertility/ surrogacy solicitor?1. Make sure that you find someone who specialises in fertility and sur...
18/07/2020

How do you pick a fertility/ surrogacy solicitor?

1. Make sure that you find someone who specialises in fertility and surrogacy law. Family solicitors are great, but not many do this type of work regularly.

2. Have a chat to them and get a feel for what they are like. A relationship needs to be built so that you trust the advice that is given.

3. Remember they don’t have to be local to you. I have clients across the UK. We were working remotely with clients even before Covid!

Ultimately, it is a personal decision and often people just get a feeling that they have found the right person.

If you would like to chat them feel free to send me a DM.

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06/07/2020

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Whilst my office is still closed for face to face meetings, I have started venturing back in.I have loved being reunited...
03/07/2020

Whilst my office is still closed for face to face meetings, I have started venturing back in.

I have loved being reunited with my green chair and relished the peace and quite.

Hopefully we will be opening our doors soon, but in the meantime video and telephone appointments are available, but booking up fast.

It’s global pride day today! Happy pride everyone 🥰
27/06/2020

It’s global pride day today! Happy pride everyone 🥰

What did you do today?...
24/06/2020

What did you do today?...

I left the house this morning and ventured into the office. I was interviewed this morning on @expressfm and I wanted to...
15/06/2020

I left the house this morning and ventured into the office.

I was interviewed this morning on @expressfm and I wanted to make sure that the little people couldn’t interrupt.

It was lovely to have the opportunity to talk to Darren Gamblen about why I became a solicitor, my route to law and my work as a surrogacy solicitor.

Hello blue sky! ☀️ It’s funny how much just being out in the sunshine can lift your spirits. Have a great weekend everyo...
13/06/2020

Hello blue sky! ☀️

It’s funny how much just being out in the sunshine can lift your spirits. Have a great weekend everyone.

Saturday morning game of Monopoly, there were arguments before the game even started. Just what I want to be doing at 8a...
13/06/2020

Saturday morning game of Monopoly, there were arguments before the game even started. Just what I want to be doing at 8am! 🤣

A child born through a surrogacy arrangement will often be the biological child of at least one of the applicants (this ...
08/06/2020

A child born through a surrogacy arrangement will often be the biological child of at least one of the applicants (this is a necessity if you are applying for a parental order). The child is often a much wanted child, born after much heartache and many years of trying. In these circumstances welfare considerations are usually not even really a question.
If you would like any more information please do get in contact [email protected].

I would love a bit of ordinary right now 🙋🏼‍♀️
05/06/2020

I would love a bit of ordinary right now 🙋🏼‍♀️

Today I have straightened my crazy mane and popped on some work clothes! I have just sat down for a chat with my Head of...
04/06/2020

Today I have straightened my crazy mane and popped on some work clothes!

I have just sat down for a chat with my Head of Department AKA the Boss on Zoom to discuss my fertility and surrogacy work. We recorded the chat and I’ll be uploading it tomorrow. Keep an eye out!

Payments are often one of the first things I get asked about during a legal review meeting. During the court process the...
03/06/2020

Payments are often one of the first things I get asked about during a legal review meeting. During the court process the court will look at what has been paid to the surrogate.

The law states that no more than reasonable expenses should be paid, or if more then the court must be prepared to authorise the payments. There is no definition of reasonable expenses, so the court must decided on a case by case basis. The court often takes quite a relaxed approach.

If the surrogacy arrangement has taken place in a country that allows commercial surrogacy, the court will expect to see significant details of the payments made and what they were for. I like to break them down into what is expenses and what is compensation. Ultimately the court wants to ensure that the surrogate is not being exploited, everyone is acting in good faith and there is nothing contrary to public policy. The High Court now have quite a history of retrospectively authorising payments of more than expenses in international surrogacy cases.

If you have any questions please do get in contact [email protected].

Racism has no place in our society #blackouttuesday
02/06/2020

Racism has no place in our society #blackouttuesday

I enjoyed a week off last week, but I’m back at my desk now and missing the salty sea air. Hope everyone has managed to ...
01/06/2020

I enjoyed a week off last week, but I’m back at my desk now and missing the salty sea air. Hope everyone has managed to enjoy some of this sunshine.

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31/05/2020

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Chocolate digestive every time 😍 The rest are great biscuits, but their not dunkers!
30/05/2020

Chocolate digestive every time 😍 The rest are great biscuits, but their not dunkers!

Look at that blue sky 😍😍 Thank goodness that during this period of lockdown the great British weather has been kind to u...
29/05/2020

Look at that blue sky 😍😍 Thank goodness that during this period of lockdown the great British weather has been kind to us!

I am not very green fingered, which makes this little vase of flowers from my garden a miracle. .A few bright flowers im...
27/05/2020

I am not very green fingered, which makes this little vase of flowers from my garden a miracle.
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A few bright flowers immediately make the house look brighter.
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I hope everyone has managed to get outside for a bit today and enjoy the sunshine.

We’ve spent the last few day’s celebrating this little dudes 4th birthday! .During all the celebrating, smiles and cake,...
27/05/2020

We’ve spent the last few day’s celebrating this little dudes 4th birthday!
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During all the celebrating, smiles and cake, what you don’t see is the multiple miscarriages and the secondary infertility.
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He is my rainbow baby, my hope and my ray of sunshine. He is what makes me strive everyday to be a great fertility solicitor.

This is so true. One step at a time, keep ploughing forward. Just look at everyone who may have been told that they coul...
26/05/2020

This is so true. One step at a time, keep ploughing forward. Just look at everyone who may have been told that they couldn’t work from home. In less that a week entire companies are now home working.

I hope everyone had a lovely bank holiday weekend.

I’m currently a 10 and I don’t think the bank holiday weekend is going to help 🤦🏼‍♀️
24/05/2020

I’m currently a 10 and I don’t think the bank holiday weekend is going to help 🤦🏼‍♀️

Needed to read this today, anyone else?
20/05/2020

Needed to read this today, anyone else?

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