Harjit Sarang – Surrogacy Lawyer
Surrogacy Lawyers – provide legal advice on surrogacy in the UK or, surrogacy abroad.
I am a solicitor qualified since 1998. I have always been a family law solicitor but in 2008, I took an interest in surrogacy law following my own fertility journey. Surrogacy Lawyers is a firm that I set up when 100% of my workflow became surrogacy law. I now exclusively practice surrogacy law.
Over the years, my practice has grown organically giving me key experience to cover most surrogacy destinations across the globe. I have never paid for any marketing or advertising. My clients are referred to me by satisfied clients or professionals with knowledge of my work and experience. I do not pay or, receive referral fees from any clinic or agency. My business is built on trust and recommendations as the testimonials show.
All my advice to you is completely impartial. My role is to provide you with bespoke legal advice about surrogacy and how to become the legal parent. I have vast experience of surrogacy cases and I am commended for being approachable, affordable and reliable.
At the start of the process, you decide on a country and agency following research and detailed due diligence including obtaining references from other British couples. This includes asking the right questions of your agency/clinic/lawyer to ensure that exploitation does not take place in your case because there is a high risk of exploitation in surrogacy whichever country you go to. Above all, the biggest risk is to the child if things go wrong.
Do not assume that popular destinations are completely safe and require no research. The most difficult cases that I have worked on have been following breakdowns in the US and the UK. 11 of the examples that I give below are UK/US cases. I make a point of saying this because you will always read about how the UK and US are safe destinations for surrogacy. In my view, no destination is risk free including the UK.
In my experience, most surrogacy arrangements are successful and I have advised over 300 couples on arrangements in over 17 different countries. By successful, I mean that the Intended Parents have a positive experience and obtain a Parental Order making them the legal parents.
The points below demonstrate what can go wrong and it’s important for me to share that with you so that you go into the arrangement with your eyes open. These are rare and very unusual situations but I want you to have some reassurance that I have already acted in these situations. Please feel free to contact me for information on any of the listed case examples if you wish to know more.
The 2020 covid-19 pandemic put a spotlight on certain destinations for surrogacy. In some places, clinics/agents completely failed IPs and surrogates leaving babies in legal limbo and transferred to orphanages. The pandemic also uncovered the obvious dangers of engaging in travelling surrogate programs due to border closures.
I have experience navigating couples through the following complex situations:-
- The law changed suddenly making the arrangement illegal.
- Surrogate changed her mind and retained the child.
- The surrogate disappeared.
- A termination request was refused and the child was born with multiple disabilities.
- The intended parents had difficulty proving domicile.
- Intended parents were over 70 years of age.
- Multiple births took place (4) in one surrogacy arrangement.
- The deadline for making an application for a Parental Order expired.
- Local Ministry of Health refused to issue a birth certificate.
- Legal father refused to provide consent following a divorce.
- Surrogate demanded funds in excess of what was agreed.
- Where the surrogate went incommunicado during the pregnancy, retained the child at birth and the IP’s applied for the child to live with them.
- Domestic violence between Intended Parents.
- Intended parents were stuck in a destination for 8 months awaiting the child’s first British Passport.
- The clinic refused to co-operate and provided no paperwork or invoices to the intended parents regarding payments to the surrogate.
- Child was taken into care prior to the Parental Order being granted.
- Embryos were shipped to another jurisdiction.
- IP’s separated before the child was born.
- Securing several Emergency Travel Documents for clients in Ukraine, Cyprus and Georgia during the covid-19 lockdown at no additional charge to my clients.
- Biologically connected male IP separated from female IP and tried to secure a Parental Order as a single applicant.
- Single female IP – double donation – surrogacy – adoption.
- Single gay father – travelling Ukrainian surrogate.
- Covid-19 – travel to and from destinations.
- Travelling surrogates – multiple issues.
I have advised on surrogacy arrangements in the following countries. You may call me to discuss my experiences at each destination :-
- Sierra Leone
- Sri Lanka
Please visit the testimonials page and read what other couples say about me.
I provide legal advice on surrogacy based on the law in England and Wales.
I have acted for clients working with many agencies across the world. I will not recommend any surrogacy provider, destination, agency or clinic. If my advice concludes that you can become legal parents following the arrangement you are considering, it should not be taken as advice to proceed. If I have acted for couples who have entered into similar arrangements, you should not take that as advice to proceed. You must always do your own due diligence on any agency / destination. A successful arrangement for someone else won’t always mean a successful arrangement for you. I will not take part in any negotiations for your surrogacy arrangement nor, will I review your surrogacy contract.