Earlier this year the entire 14-strong family team at rival DWF jumped ship to Manchester-based JMW with well-know family lawyer, Beverley Jones heading up the Liverpool operation. Tony McDonough reports
Law firm JMW Solicitors has launched a specialist surrogacy and fertility team in Liverpool – just weeks after opening its first office in the city.
Earlier this year the entire 14-strong family team at rival DWF jumped ship to Manchester-based JMW with one of the region best-known family lawyers, Beverley Jones, heading up the Liverpool operation.
JMW’s fertility and surrogacy team is well-established in Manchester and is led by Cara Nuttall and now Ms Jones will be joining her in advising individuals and couples on fertility and surrogacy issues.
Ms Jones 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.”
Ms Jones is a well-known advisor to the LGBT community, advising on the dissolution of civil partnerships, applying for Gender Recognition Certificates, parenting and insemination agreements, and is recognised as a specialist in surrogacy law. She was also recently invited to become a Diversity Role Model.
Ms Nuttall added: “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.”