"This decision that the court takes seriously the importance of making a parental order and the opportunity to cement parental and child relations should not be denied simply because a child is over the age of 18. After all, no matter what age a person attains, they will always be someone’s child."
Writing in the Family Law Journal, senior associate Jade Quirke examines the court's approach to an application for a parental order where a child who was now an adult had been born via surrogacy. In her analysis, Jade highlights the significance of this decision, as it highlights the creative solutions the court is often forced to find in order to reach common sense conclusions in these cases. In fact Jade was one of the Russell-Cooke team representing the claimants in the landmark surrogacy case discussed, X v Z (Parental Order Adult)  EWFC 26 .
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Jade is a senior associate in the children and education team. She specialises in international and domestic surrogacy, adoption and all aspects of complex children law. Jade is also one of very few lawyers who advise clients in relation to fertility law matters.