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Jemma Dally


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    Jemma is the partner in the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care department. She specialises in and has extensive experience of complex international adoption and surrogacy cases as well as being highly regarded for her expertise and growing practice in cases involving children who are conceived by way of artificial insemination under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. She has been at Goodman Ray since 2001 and was made a partner in 2009.

    Jemma is known for her creativity in her area of expertise and the cases in which she has acted have been described as “cutting edge law”

    Jemma is a member of the British Agency for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) and she sits on their legal group advisory committee, who consider, comment and advise BAAF on legal, social and procedural issues relation to adoption and fostering. Jemma is also a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC), Resolution, the International Bar Association and she is accredited as a specialist in adoption and private law children cases.

    Jemma successfully represented five families in the landmark decision The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (A & Ors) 2015 EWHC 2602 concerning the acquisition of legal parenthood in respect of children conceived using donor sperm.

    Jemma’s cases have shaped and established the law in relation to the recognition of foreign adoption orders in this jurisdiction. She was in the instructed solicitor in many of the leading cases in this area, including D-v-D (foreign adoption) [2008] 1 FLR 1475, Re R (Recognition of Indian adoption) [2012] EWHC 2956 (FAM), Re Z and Z (Recognition of a Brazilian Adoption Order) [2013] EWHC 747(FAM) and Re G (Recognition of Brazilian Adoption) [2014] EWHC 2605 (Fam).

    Jemma has written for a number of publications which include, the International Bar Association Family Law Committee Newsletter, Family Law Week and Lexis Nexis. She has also contributed to the Stonewall Guide for Gay Dads.

    On 15 October 2015 Jemma Dally was interviewed for The Times Lawyer of the Week – read the article here.



    Jemma Dally has a strong practice in issues of surrogacy, fertility, domestic and international adoption, for which sources consider her “a real leader.” Another interviewee notes: “Jemma is highly professional and knowledgeable. She is efficient, reliable and a good communicator.”  Chambers & Partners 2019

    Jemma Dally  ‘goes beyond the call of duty to ensure that her clients receive an excellent service’.  Legal 500, 2018

    Jemma is commended in Legal 500 for her

    “‘in-depth knowledge’ of international adoption and surrogacy cases” (2015)

    “attentiveness” (Legal 500, 2010)


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