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Legal Advice on Fertility, Adoption & Alternative Family Structures


Starting a family, or adding to it, is one of the biggest steps you will ever take and at Lanyon Bowdler we understand just how important this next stage is for you. Our specialist team is here to listen and will provide optimum support and guidance throughout your journey towards parenthood, ensuring everything runs as smoothly as possible.  

Thanks to incredible medical advances there are now a number of alternative routes available for achieving your longed-for family. It is important, however, you take the correct legal advice for matters such as fertility treatment, surrogacy or adoption, to protect your interests and make sure all of the correct procedures are followed.

There is nothing more important than your family so don’t delay. Speak to the experts you can trust by contacting Our family law solicitors Lanyon Bowdler today and let us help you make your dreams of having a family a reality.

Our Legal Services for Fertility Treatment, Surrogacy & Adoption

There are a number of reasons why people choose to pursue non-traditional methods to start a family and we can help you with all matters relating to surrogacy, fertility treatments and adoption, tailored to your own specific situation and circumstances.

When opting for any of these alternative routes, professional legal advice and support is essential from the outset because, if the process is not dealt with properly, problems can arise, often to great financial and emotional cost. Lanyon Bowdler aim to ensure that any issues are handled both swiftly and effectively to minimise any stress or delay. 

Fertility Treatment & the Law

Undergoing fertility treatment can be physically and emotionally demanding, which is why we are on hand to offer you the support you need and to take care of all the legal and procedural elements of the process, so that you can focus on your well-being and the practicalities of living through fertility treatment.

We will handle your case with the utmost care and understanding and can advise on all matters including:

  • Identifying the best and most appropriate treatment
  • Egg freezing
  • Embryo testing
  • Storage issues
  • Egg and sperm donation
  • Preparation of documents
  • Legal parenthood
  • The use of eggs, sperm or embryos following the breakdown of a relationship

We will put you first at all times as we work closely with you to achieve a successful outcome.

Surrogacy & the Law

There are a wide number of legal issues to be considered when opting to have a child through surrogacy, and the law can be particularly complex and confusing on this matter.

We offer the very best in legal advice however, and will provide you with a clear and comprehensive understanding of your position and your rights.

We can help you with:

  • Traditional and gestational surrogacy
  • Understanding the complexities surrounding surrogacy law
  • International surrogacy
  • Dispute resolution
  • Parental orders
  • Adoption

Surrogacy can be an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone involved and the team at Lanyon Bowdler will utilise their considerable skill and knowledge to ensure a straightforward and successful process.

Adoption Law

The adoption process itself can be lengthy and complicated so it is advisable, if you are considering this route, to take legal advice as soon as possible. Adoption itself is not without its challenges so any decision to go ahead needs to be well thought through and taken with care. We are here to provide a listening ear and to help guide and support you with what will be one of the biggest decisions you will ever make.

We can help you with:

  • Your initial assessment
  • Preparing your witness statement
  • Meeting or amending your Will
  • Employment law including adoption leave
  • Making your application for the Adoption Order
  • Private adoption law

We are passionate about bringing families together and are fully committed to helping you find your happy ending.

LGBTQ+ Same-Sex Parenting and the Law

As a same-sex couple, the number of options available to help you have a child can feel overwhelming and making a decision on which route to take can seem almost impossible. You are not alone however and we will provide considered, bespoke advice to help you make the best decision for you and your future family, and will help you to explore all available routes including:

  • Egg donation
  • Sperm donation
  • Surrogacy
  • Adoption
  • Co-parenting

We are able to help same-sex couples to have a child and are well-placed to provide the guidance, support, and clarity you need so that you can make a fully-informed decision and proceed as quickly as possible.   

Relationship breakdown and alternative family structures

Sadly, sometimes things go wrong and couples decide to separate. In those cases arrangements will need to be agreed for any children of the relationship. Our family law specialists can advise on any issues or disputes relating to parental responsibility and non-biological parenthood.

Why Choose Lanyon Bowdler?

Lanyon Bowdler is widely accepted as being one of the leading full-service law firms in the region, renowned for delivering on its promises and achieving the very best results on behalf of all its clients. 

Listed in The Legal 500 directory for recommended law firms and lawyers, Lanyon Bowdler is also a legal panel firm for the National Farmers’ Union’s members in Shropshire, Staffordshire & Herfordshire. The firm is ranked in Band 1 for Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas in the 2022 edition of Chambers UK.

As a full-service law firm, Lanyon Bowdler is able to offer you a complete and collaborative legal service, offering expertise across all areas of law such as family, employment and Wills and probate law for example, to ensure that all aspects of your family planning are covered.

Our team of lawyers understand that everyone’s situation is unique and personal to them, which is why we will take the time to get to know you, so that we are able to deliver a completely tailored and bespoke service which fully takes into consideration your individual circumstances.

You will find our team to be warm and friendly, immediately putting you at your ease so that you are able to talk openly with us about your plans for a family and your future, so that we can provide the very best legal advice and support possible. We will treat you with sensitivity and understanding at all times and will work on your behalf with a dedication and commitment that is second to none, leaving you in no doubt that we truly are on your side.

Why we Care?

There is nothing more important than family, and when it comes to having one of your own we understand and recognise the depth of the feelings involved, particularly when there have been challenges along the way.

Alternative and non-traditional ways of having a family are becoming increasingly popular and are opening up the possibility of having a child for those who may not have previously thought it was possible.

We genuinely care about what we do, and when you combine this with our exceptional legal capability, you can rest assured that your family is in the safest of hands.

How Much Will it Cost?

Many of our clients, when they first come to us, are concerned about how to fund alternative methods of having a child and, more specifically, the associated legal costs, worrying that these may prove to be a barrier to their family plans. At Lanyon Bowdler, we strongly believe that everyone should be able to access the legal advice and support they need and we offer a number of flexible pricing plans to make our premium legal service readily available to everyone. From fixed fees and pay as you go arrangements, to the more traditional hourly charging rates, there is a way to pay that will suit everyone and we can discuss the various options with you in detail to help find a payment plan that works for us all.

We are always completely upfront and transparent about our fees so that there are no nasty surprises along the way, and we will talk through everything with you at length beforehand so that you can make a fully informed decision and will know what to expect. We also offer service level guarantees to give you the peace of mind to know that you will receive the expert legal service you require.

Armed Forces Covenant

Lanyon Bowdler is incredibly proud to be part of the Armed Forces Covenant, to show our appreciation for the incredible work undertaken by all of our current and ex-military personnel in keeping us safe. Working in partnership with Shropshire Council and a number of other agencies and charities including Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion, Veterans UK, West Mercia Police, and a number of local military regiments, we have signed the covenant to ensure that our military heroes can access the professional services they require, when they need them, as our way of giving something back to them and saying a heartfelt thank you for their life of service and sacrifice.

Our role in the partnership is to provide legal advice, support, and representation to our armed forces, and we attend the hub that has been set up in Shrewsbury town centre each month so that our service is easily accessible to any of the local servicemen, women and veterans who may need our help. The skilled team at Lanyon Bowdler possess a clear understanding of the unique issues that can affect those who have served in the military and are highly capable of providing all the specialist advice and practical support that may be required. 

Contact Lanyon Bowdler's Family Law Solicitors

By choosing Lanyon Bowdler, you can rest assured that you will receive premier legal advice, support and representation. Our family lawyers have a vast level of experience in family law and possess the in-depth knowledge and expertise that will be necessary from your legal team. We are committed to providing exceptional levels of client care and will act with the utmost discretion, sensitivity and understanding at all times, as we work closely with you to find the best way forward.

With offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry and Telford, we are within easy reach of many of our clients, regularly acting on behalf of people throughout Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales as well as the Midlands, including Birmingham and Wolverhampton. If meeting face-to-face is difficult for you however, we are also able to manage cases over the phone and as a leading full-service law firm we regularly represent clients nationally. Regardless of your location we are happy and able to help so don’t hesitate to get in touch and take advice from the leading family law experts. 

Contact us today for a friendly, confidential chat about your family plans and how we can best support you. You can speak to a member of our team by calling us or you can complete the online enquiry form and one of our friendly and helpful lawyers will get back to you.


Fantastic law firm - used Lanyon Bowdler for conveyancing & for legal advice - both solicitors I worked with were effective & professional. Law firm were fast & responsive to queries & clear pricing. Would recommend.   

- Samantha, Via Review Solicitors

Impressed by the efficiency and how they took control of our case. We don't have much of an understanding regarding solicitors and the legal system, but we were led through the whole process very well. We always felt we were in good hands.

- Mrs R Lutwyche, Shrewsbury

I was impressed with the efficiency and welcome of staff. Excellent office layout and service.  

- Mrs S James & Mr W Parkinson, Telford

A warm welcome from the receptionist. Extremely impressed by all that have helped us, peace of mind for our future.

- Mr M Court & Mrs A May, Shrewsbury

Always very efficient in dealing with the workload and advice given in divorce. Would highly recommend the service I received. 

- Mrs Suzanne Purvin

Knowledge and information given was accurate and realistic.

- Mrs Eleanor Margaret Howells, Hereford

Very efficient, pleasant and fully explained. I am well satisfied.

- Mr Stephen Turner, Oswestry

Friendly atmosphere and very professional attitude. 

- Mr Sidney Jolliffe, Oswestry

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