Law Commission surrogacy project

The Law Commissions of England and Wales, and Scotland, are, until 11 October, consulting on UK surrogacy law reform. They have made some provisional proposals which are progressive and would enable intended parents to be recognised as legal parents from birth in many UK surrogacy cases (although parents will still need to apply for a post-birth parental order if their children are born overseas). Find out more about our thoughts on the proposals and whether they go far enough

Whatever your interest in surrogacy, the Law Commission needs your help. Please respond to the consultation and express your support for positive reform, share your experience and give practical feedback to ensure any new law works in practice. Your voice could have a pivotal impact on how the proposals evolve and whether they ultimately become law.

If you have time, read the full consultation document before you respond – it is an impressive and thorough review of the current surrogacy law and practice, its history, the ethical issues and debates. But with 475 pages of text and 118 consultation questions to respond to, we recognise you may not have time. So we have created some guidance with five easy steps to udnerstand the issues and identify which questions you want to respond to.

Step 1: Read our summary of the Law Commission proposals 

Get your head around what the Law Commission is proposing as to how UK law should change for UK and international surrogacy with our brief summary.

Step 2: Read our guidance on responding 

Think about your key messages and how to ensure your response has the biggest impact with our guidance on responding effectively.

Step 3: Review the consultation questions

Work out which questions you want to answer to share your voice, using our list of the consultation questions summarised in plain English by subject. 

Step 4: Submit your response before 11 October 2019

Complete the consultation questions you wish to respond to via the Law Commission's online consultation portal.

Step 5: Attend one of the Law Commission’s consultation events to give your views in person

The Law Commission are hosting events around the country as part of their consultation. You can sign up here if you want to attend to learn more and share your views in person:

16:30, Tuesday 3 September – Birmingham

16:30, Monday 9 September – Edinburgh

13:00, Tuesday 10 September – Aberdeen

16:30, Tuesday 17 September – Belfast

16:30, Thursday September 19 – London

If you want our help, please contact us at or We are also collecting views from our clients and others we work with to inform our response so do let us know your thoughts.