"There are risks. There are risks with any sort of fertility treatment. But women will continue to do it [private arrangements], and they should be allowed to do it, but there needs to be greater protection, awareness and understanding."

Many would-be parents are increasingly turning to private arrangements when finding a sperm donor.

Senior associate Jade Quirke spoke with ITV.com about the legal risks that can arise. She notes that, along with a glaring lack of regulation, many parents and sperm donors are unaware of their rights when they enter into these arrangements which can become problematic down the line. 

The full article is available to read online on ITV.com

Jade is a senior associate in the children and education team. She specialises in fertility law, and advises clients on all aspects of international and domestic surrogacy, adoption and family creation.