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Annette Hickey


Annette is a family law solicitor and heads up the Surrogacy & Fertility Lawteam at Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan Solicitors. She is one of Ireland’s foremost solicitors in the area of Surrogacy law and regularly speaks at conferences, writes articles and contributes to both Radio and TV in addition to her work advising Irish couples across the length and breadth of Ireland.

Having apprenticed with Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan, Annette qualified as a solicitor in 1998. She has worked across all areas of law before specialising in Family law and Surrogacy & Fertility law related matters over ten years ago.


Annette is passionate in her belief that all couples should be afforded the opportunity to explore parenthood and start a family of their own. As Irish legislation does not currently provide well for alternative routes to parenthood, her approach is to work closely with her clients to ensure they have as much information as possible about the process and can make informed decisions regarding their future family.

It is Annette’s aim to provide all intending parents with the best possible support, advice and guidance at all stages of their journey and ensure they receive the correct legal recognition at the end of the process.

Owing to the sensitive and often emotional nature of family and surrogacy related matters, Annette and her team are renowned for their compassion and empathy. They work hard for their clients and strive to become their trusted advisors as they deal with the stresses and anxieties which are often experienced at times such as these.

Annette and her team have an excellent network of contacts who they regularly liaise with in the course of their work. They have forged excellent links with other lawyers in countries such as in Canada, USA, Ukraine and Greece and are also in regular contact with local support groups, fertility clinics and legal academics in this area.

Outside of work Annette is married and lives on a busy tillage farm. She is the mother of four children and regularly spends her time as a taxi driver ferrying each of them from one activity to another. She also tries to fit in some running (slow running) within her busy schedule and has completed several half marathons and two Dublin City Marathons. This year Annette hopes to stay injury free and collect her third marathon medal.

Professional Affiliations/Membership

Law Society of Ireland


Annette has an honours law degree from University College Dublin and a Family Law Diploma from the Law Society of Ireland.

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We can’t thank Annette enough for all her hard work and assistance. From the very start Annette made us feel comfortable on our surrogacy journey.Highly recommend Annette and team to couples starting their journey.

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