The Law Commission has announced today that surrogacy law will be one of the areas it examines over the next few years. The Commission is the body responsible for reviewing the law and recommending reforms to the government where necessary. 

The Commission's review will consider the law around parental orders, which are the court orders transferring legal parenthood from the surrogate to the intended parents. It will also look at the regulation of surrogacy arrangements more generally. 

Legal practitioners and campaign groups have long criticised surrogacy law in the UK for being unwieldy and out of date, and will welcome this news. However, the Commission will take two to three years to report and its recommendations will then have to be taken up by the sitting government in order for any reforms to be implemented.