By Annette Hickey

Brian and Kathy Egan pursue  Judicial Review  proceedings  in the   High Court

Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan and Brian & Kathy Egan_lrBrian and Kathy Egan are two incredible parents we have had the privilege of supporting and representing through their international surrogacy journey and more recently their High Court litigation. 

Brian and Kathy have two sons, Harry and Luke. Brian is legally recognised as the father/parent of both sons. Kathy is legally recognised as the mother/parent of only Harry. Luke who is biologically both Brian and Kathy’s son was born through international surrogacy in 2019.  

The Egan’s court application seeking a pathway for legal recognition of a Kathy’s parent child relationship with Luke commenced in October 2022. Their application was adjourned in April 2023 as they confirmed to the Court that they were very heartened and reassured based on information received and statements by the Minister for Health that Kathy will be able to apply for a retrospective declaration of parentage order.  

In the High Court the Judge acknowledged the Egan’s great efforts and “significant achievement in generating momentum and action”.


Written By Annette Hickey

Annette has exclusively practised family law in the litigation department for the past 10 years and heads up the firm's Surrogacy & Fertility law team.

She is highly respected and regarded for her expertise and knowledge of fertility law, surrogacy and same-sex family matters. Diligent, thorough and empathetic, Annette brings a wealth of experience, sensitivity and understanding to our team.

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