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North West law firm JMW expands specialist surrogacy team

Law firm JMW Solicitors has expanded its specialist fertility and surrogacy team, now the largest in the North West.

The team is well-established in Manchester, led by Cara Nuttall, and has now also launched in Liverpool with Beverley Jones at the helm, making it one of the largest specialist teams in the North.

Combining the forces of Cara Nuttall and Beverley Jones, both partners at JMW and specialists in fertility and surrogacy law, the team advises both individuals and couples on fertility and surrogacy issues, providing support and guidance and ensuring that the right legal protection is in place.

Beverley said: “Surrogacy and fertility is an evolving area of law, so it’s important to seek the advice of a specialist who understands it implicitly and has the knowledge and experience to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Having supported the LGBT community in Liverpool for many years, we hope that the availability of a specialist team here in the city will give people the confidence to approach us in the knowledge that they’ll receive the very best advice and support.”

Cara said: “Historically the North has been at the cutting edge of advances in Assisted Reproduction Techniques – 40 years after the breakthrough birth of IVF baby, Louise Brown, it’s fitting that some of the most experienced legal experts in this field are based here in the North. Our team is committed to championing the recognition of new family units, and we look forward to continuing to support our clients in navigating what is a challenging area of law that continues to change along with advances in medical science.

She continued: “People are becoming more aware of the choices they have in terms of becoming a parent and they’re keen to explore what those options are. Developments in medical science and technology have seen costs fall over the years and surrogacy and other fertility treatments are now financially viable for more people than was once the case. However, it’s vital to have the right legal support in place to avoid stress and heartbreak down the line.

“Assisted reproduction techniques (ART) and surrogacy arrangements also sometimes transcend UK law alone – we are seeing an increase in the number of people leaving the country to undergo assisted reproduction treatments in foreign clinics, which brings its own risks; it’s important to cover all bases and be aware that things can change and be ready to take action if necessary. It’s not always possible to legislate for the future – for example, in Thailand couples were halfway through their surrogacy procedures when the country’s law changed, resulting in families being left in legal limbo. Although such instances are rare, people must be prepared and make sure they’re on sound legal footing.”