Forming Families


Growing up, fairy tales teach us that the prince and princess get married, have children and live happily ever after. But what happens if the couple struggle to conceive? Or if the princess wants to marry her lady-in-waiting instead? Or if the couple are travelling in far-off lands and rescue an orphan child they want to bring home and raise as their own?

Of course these issues never arise in traditional fairy tales but for many hoping to become parents, the road to parenthood is challenging. It can be twisty and steep, winding through dark, scary woods, where dragons lie in wait. Navigating that path successfully requires courage, patience and determination.

Our job at Bishop & Sewell is to support you along the way. We will help you fight the challenges that need to be tackled, avoid pitfalls wherever possible and advise you on the safest route to reach your own happy ending.

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Karma Hickman of the Forming Families team is recommended in Chambers & Partners as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in its 2017 rankings, noting that she “stands out for her ability in complex international surrogacy and partnership cases.” She also provides pro-bono immigration advice at sessions hosted by the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group.

You can also find us listed on the Donor Conception Network’s Lawyers Supporters scheme.

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For more information the following lawyers will be able to help with Forming Families.

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Louise Barretto
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Karma Hickman
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