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04 May 2022

The Surrogacy Landscape Podcast

Individuals and couples who explore surrogacy are trying to build that often long awaited family but in today's modern world, surrogacy is often talked about in hushed voices.

In recent years, we have seen a steady increase in parties exploring this pathway to parenthood; however despite this increase in demand, the law regulating surrogacy in the UK remains outdated and the legalities of entering into such arrangements can be a complex to navigate, leaving parties feeling vulnerable.

The Surrogacy Landscape Podcast is 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. Over the series we will look at the full surrogacy lifecycle, the practicalities that need to be considered and the law that currently governs the process in the UK. We will reflect on the proposed reform in the law in England and Wales to bring this country up-to-date, creating a system that is fit to cater to today’s modern family structures.

Over this series, we will look at the past, the present and the future of surrogacy in this country. In doing so we will speak to a number of leading industry voices and an intended parent to dispel some of the many myths, highlight the experience and look at where we are now, versus were we may be in 12 months’ time.

Our speakers in this series include:

The trio of discussions – The Law, The Experience and The Future:

The trio of discussions can be found below and available to download on Soundcloud, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

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 during the podcast, please do not hesitate to contact Harriet Errington or Pippa Cook.

The Surrogacy Landscape Podcast - The Law, The Experience and The Future

Episode One, The Law In Episode One, Harriet Errington is joined by Andrew Coutts - the CEO of the International Fertility Company and Barrister, Andrew Powell from 4PB. Collectively Harriet, Andrew Coutts and Andrew Powell discuss the definition of surrogacy and the science involved. Together they explain 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. Read more Episode Two - The Experience In Episode Two, Family Partner, Harriet Errington talks to a new parent, Stuart Armfield, who has recently navigated surrogacy with his husband. welcoming son Rio into the world last year. Harriet draws on the expertise of Andrew Coutts from the International Fertility Company and Immigration law specialist, Rahul Batra from Hudson McKenzie to collectively look at the considerations for couples and individuals looking to grow a family via surrogacy and where one might start, with a special focus on international surrogacy. Read more Episode Three - The Future In Episode Three, Family Partner, Harriet Errington welcomes back Barrister, Andrew Powell and intended parent, Stuart Armfield to delve into the future of surrogacy. Harriet, Andrew and Stuart explore some peculiarities with the laws surrounding surrogacy in the country and consider what intended parents might want to change, what could be adopted from other jurisdictions and what reform might look like in the future. Read more View more