Proposals to update and improve the law on surrogacy have been welcomed by the Advocates’ Family Law Association (AFLA).

A discussion paper published yesterday in a joint exercise by the Scottish Law Commission and the Law Commission of England & Wales invited views on suggested reforms that would enable the parenthood status of a surrogate child to be settled from birth, subject to safeguards to protect the interests of the surrogate mother, along with a new regulator (click here for report).

Ruth Innes, QC, acting chair of AFLA, commented: “The discussion paper on reform of the law governing surrogacy is to be welcomed. Certainty as to legal parenthood from birth, and protection of the interests of all involved in a surrogacy arrangement, are essential.”