Louisa Ghevaert is widely recognised for her expertise in UK fertility and family law.
The Lawyer Hot 100 List 2018
Louisa Ghevaert is included in The Lawyer Hot 100 List 2018 for her groundbreaking fertility and family law practice, recognising her as ‘influential at a law and policy making level’.
The Lawyer Hot 100 List “celebrates the UK’s top lawyers: the ones acting on the most significant matters, disrupting the industry with their creative flair. It tracks exceptional individuals from private practice, in-house and the Bar”.
During 2017, Louisa was instrumental in securing the first ever UK damages award for surrogacy, delivering ground-breaking expert evidence in a complex medical negligence case in the High Court in the case of XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust  EWHC 2318 (QB). This first-of-its kind legal judgement established a new ‘fertility’ head of claim in medical negligence cases.
Chambers & Partners UK
Louisa’s specialist fertility and family law practice is recognised by Chambers and Partners UK.
Louisa Ghevaert has a breadth of expertise in all related matters, including assisting same sex couples in complex issues arising from fertility treatments, adoption and surrogacy. A client states: “I feel very fortunate to be represented by Louisa,” because of her “expert knowledge and diligence in leaving no stone uncovered.” (2018)
Louisa Ghevaert has a strong reputation for her work in parenting and fertility treatment-related matters, and is particularly praised for her surrogacy expertise… She is very good, extremely conscientious, and knows not just legal arrangements, but is very focused on providing a full service to clients. (2017)
Louisa Ghevaert is widely recognized for her strength in surrogacy and private children matters. Sources say ‘she is very knowledgeable and wise in her advice. If I had a surrogacy issues, it’s her I would go to as I trust her to get it absolutely spot-on’. (2016)
Sources describe has as ‘an expert in a very difficult and specialized area of the law – she knows her subject extremely well and gives knowledgeable and sensible advice’. (2014)
Legal 500 UK
Louisa’s specialist fertility and family law practice is recognised by The Legal 500 UK.
The ‘very knowledgeable and kind’ Louisa Ghevaert leads a specialist practice in fertility law and has ‘immense experience’ in surrogacy work. She is recommended for her expertise in fertility treatment, international private children cases and international surrogacy involving the US and Eastern and Western Europe. (2017, London)
Family and fertility specialist Louisa Ghevaert has particular expertise handling complex international commercial surrogacy cases in the High Court, making her ‘one of the country’s small handful of top practitioners in this field’. Her knowledge is ‘second to none’, her attention to detail is ‘painstaking’, and her manner with clients is ‘exemplary’. (2017, South West).
Clients ‘feel that they are in very safe hands’. Louisa Ghevaert is ‘enormously knowledgeable about surrogacy law’. (2016).
The exceptional Louisa Ghevaert is recommended for her specialist fertility law practice”. (2015).
Louisa’s expertise is widely recognised in the UK and internationally by other sector professionals.
Louisa’s Ghevaert’s session on the legal aspects of surrogacy for the British Fertility Society’s Study Week 2021, Creating Modern Families Module, “had 100% positive feedback”.
British Fertility Society
“I know Louisa Ghevaert as a leading figure in the legal profession helping individuals and families affected by fertility problems. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in this area. Ms Ghevaert wrote the section on ‘Legal and regulatory risk for patients’ in ‘Reducing risk in fertility treatment’ published by Springer, which I edited. I was impressed by her depth and breadth of knowledge and her ability to relate to the needs of patients who find themselves having to deal with difficult legal conundrums arising from the complex law around aspects of fertility treatment. This includes matters such as surrogacy, legal parenthood, donor gametes and treatment overseas”.
Dr Raj Mathur, Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Manchester Fertility Clinic
“Louisa Ghevaert is an excellent fertility lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with her to help mutual international clients. Surrogacy is the most complex way to make a baby and international surrogacy is the most complex form of surrogacy. It is important to have a lawyer who is across the complexity that is surrogacy law, as well as someone who cares for their clients. Louisa is both!”
Stephen Page, a leading Australian Family & Fertility Lawyer
“Congratulations on the expert help you provided your client. While money is not a replacement, at least now she’ll be able to afford the surrogacy process. I love knowing that you’re over in the UK changing the laws, and people’s perceptions about what we do. Your client chose her attorney wisely”.
A US ART attorney
“Undergoing fertility treatment is not all about medicine. There are ethical problems and significant legal problems. Whenever I have any legal issues that need to be addressed Louisa is a fantastic resource. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable but very approachable and provides a very swift response to any particular questions”.
Mr Michael Dooley, Consultant Gynaecologist and Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Legal Sector Awards
Louisa’s specialist fertility and family law practice has been recognised by the legal sector.
Louisa’s ground-breaking and innovative legal practice in fertility and family law was Highly Commended at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013 in the Category of Excellence in Business Development and Innovation.
Louisa Ghevaert was shortlisted for the Family Law Awards 2013 in the Category of Most Innovative Family Lawyer of the Year, for her pioneering and specialist fertility and modern family law practice.
Louisa Ghevaert’s trailblazing specialist fertility and modern family law practice was shortlisted at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 in the Category of Innovation.