Louisa Ghevaert, Former Director and Head of Fertility & Surrogacy
Louisa Ghevaert launched Vardags’ specialist Fertility & Surrogacy team, working at its head from May to November 2018.
Louisa's groundbreaking legal practice in the field of fertility and family law earned her a place on The Lawyer Hot 100 List 2018, during her time at Vardags. The list "celebrates the UK’s top lawyers" and "tracks exceptional individuals from private practice, in-house and the Bar".
Louisa brought a wealth of specialist expertise to Vardags, covering international and UK surrogacy, donor conception, fertility treatment law, posthumous conception, co-parenting and known donation, complex children and family law disputes, adoption, financial provision for children, creation and protection of modern families, and international family law.
She has litigated numerous landmark UK fertility law cases, including the first case in UK legal history to test the law for British parents conceiving through an international commercial surrogacy arrangement in Re X and Y (foreign surrogacy) .
Whilst at Vardags, Louisa worked on a modern family case, representing a donor father in a dispute about parentage and child contact with the donees, a lesbian couple. She advised on the fertility aspects of a posthumous conception case after a husband was killed in an accident as the couple was going through IVF. Louisa also worked on international parental orders in cases where children were born through surrogacy overseas.
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Louisa has provided expert commentary in the media on fertility, family and parenting law issues, including television, radio and the national press.
Louisa has also authored a number of articles including the following:
Was it legal to create a grandson with a dead man’s sperm? - (The Times, September 2018)
Rachael Bland's fight to preserve her fertility is a battle fought by many modern women (Female First, September 2018)
The significance of fertility: A landmark ruling on posthumous conception - (Bionews, September 2018)
Anything but child's play: surrogacy and thorny issues of identity, parenthood and status in modern families - (Family Law, August 2018)
Posthumous conception: a legacy in life, incapacity and death - (Family Law Week, August 2018)
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Louisa qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and worked in private practice until 2009, when she co-founded the UK’s first specialist fertility and parenting law firm. Louisa started the specialist Fertility & Surrogacy team at Vardags in May 2018.