Peggy Ray

Senior Partner and co-founder

Peggy specialises in complex cases concerning children. She acts for children, young people and parents involved in care procee… Read more

Peggy Ray

Senior Partner and co-founder

Peggy specialises in complex cases concerning children. She acts for children, young people and parents involved in care proceedings, and in complex cases between parents. She also undertakes adoption and other child related cases.

For many years Peggy has been involved in shaping policy and promoting the rights of children and young people. She was closely involved in the consultation process that preceded the Children Act 1989, being Chair of the Children Committee of the Solicitors Family Law Association (now Resolution) at that time. She is frequently asked to contribute to policy consultations.

She regularly speaks, writes and lectures on related issues. Since 2007 she has been sitting as a Family Recorder in the County Court.

In 2001 she was named UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer of the Year, and was the driving force behind the development of a unique website for children in care (nchacti01.uuhost.uk.uu.net/carelaw/), a joint venture between Resolution and the children's charity Action for Children (previously NCH).

In 2005 she was voted Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (Family) receiving her award from Cherie Booth Q.C.

In October this year she was awarded the Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law award at the Jordan Family Law Awards.

Peggy has been a member of the Children Panel since 1985. She is an active member of Resolution, and a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC).

Peggy is also a member of BAAF (British Agency for Adoption and Fostering). She was a member of the President’s Interdisciplinary Committee, and the London Area Public Funding Review Committee.

Peggy is a dual American/UK citizen who settled in the UK in 1971. She co-founded Goodman Ray in 1985.

Peggy is consistently highly recommended by the leading legal directories. She is top ranked as a leading individual by Chambers and Partners where she is described as

“a powerhouse of public and private law” and 
“...excels at highly contentious care cases and other matters relating to children”
Chambers and Partners, 2011

“Peggy Ray is a name that is synonymous with this firm “We have complete faith in her”, says peers”
Chambers and Partners, 2009

Peggy is also highly recommended in the Legal 500 and is described as

“sympathetic, intelligent and unflappable”
Legal 500, 2010

“Peggy Ray receives outstanding market feedback with children cases”
Legal 500, 2009

“Peggy Ray at Goodman Ray is highly recommended for private and public children and adoption work”
Legal 500, 2006

Peggy is also recognised in the Citywealth Leaders List 2011 in the Leading Lawyers Honours List in family law.

peggyray@goodmanray.com

 

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Gwen Williams Partner

Gwen Williams

Partner

Gwen Williams is a Senior Partner and works in the Children team at Goodman Ray. She specialises in complex child law cases rep… Read more

Gwen Williams Partner

Gwen Williams

Partner

Gwen Williams is a Senior Partner and works in the Children team at Goodman Ray. She specialises in complex child law cases representing children and their families.  She has developed a strong reputation in representing families in difficult cases involving local authorities where abuse or neglect is suspected. She has a particular interest in representing older children directly.

Gwen has been a member of the Children Panel since 2000 and is instructed regularly by guardians in public law cases. She has been involved with the running of refuges in North and South London since 1994 and has been the chair of the Board of Trustees of Solace Woman’s Aid since its inception in 2007.

Trudi Featherstone Partner and Mediator

Trudi Featherstone

Partner and Mediator

Trudi leads the Divorce and Matrimonial Finance Team and has been a partner at Goodman Ray since May 2000 as head… Read more

Trudi Featherstone Partner and Mediator

Trudi Featherstone

Partner and Mediator

Trudi leads the Divorce and Matrimonial Finance Team and has been a partner at Goodman Ray since May 2000 as head of the Matrimonial Team. She is a Resolution trained Family Mediator who can mediate on all issues (children and financial matters) and a collaboratively trained lawyer.

Specialising in the financial aspects of divorce and separation, Trudi regularly acts for high net worth individuals and provides advice in financially complex cases involving complex private company structures, private equity funds, EBT’s, pensions.  Many cases have an international element, involving overseas trusts and corporate vehicles which have potentially significant tax implications. She is recognised for her highly organised and meticulous approach to this complex work.  She has a particular expertise in dealing with financial claims for unmarried parents and their children and regularly acts for mothers and fathers in Schedule 1 claims and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustee Act applications for cohabitees.  She is viewed as an effective and formidable litigator and praised for providing excellent and well thought out advice. 

 

Jemma Dally

Partner

Jemma is the partner in the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care department.  She specialises in and has exten… Read more

Jemma Dally

Partner

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.

Amanda Cattle Partner

Amanda Cattle

Partner

Amanda Cattle is a Child Law expert. She specialises in representing each of the parties to public law family proceedings, incl… Read more

Amanda Cattle Partner

Amanda Cattle

Partner

Amanda Cattle is a Child Law expert. She specialises in representing each of the parties to public law family proceedings, including; emergency protection order proceedings, care proceedings, secure accommodation proceedings and adoption applications. Amanda also undertakes complex cases between parents.

She advises and represents people in Court of Protection proceedings, where she transfers her passion for ensuring effective legal protection for vulnerable children, to vulnerable adults.

Kevin Skinner Solicitor

Kevin Skinner

Partner

Kevin has expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction, matrimonial proceedings and care proceedings. He is ass… Read more

Kevin Skinner Solicitor

Kevin Skinner

Partner

Kevin has expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction, matrimonial proceedings and care proceedings. He is assisting in developing Goodman Ray’s growing practice for alternative families, advising on civil partnership and co-parenting arrangements and surrogacy. Kevin advises in respect of legal issues arising from the creation and implementation of surrogacy arrangements and The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.  He joined Goodman Ray in October 2006 and became a partner in June 2015.

Ann Thompson Consultant

Ann Thompson

Consultant

Ann Thompson has been a qualified solicitor since 1992 having originally trained and worked as a barrister. Ann Thompson joined… Read more

Ann Thompson Consultant

Ann Thompson

Consultant

Ann Thompson has been a qualified solicitor since 1992 having originally trained and worked as a barrister. Ann Thompson joined Goodman Ray in 2009, previously being head of the Ancillary Relief department at Hopkin Murray Beskine.

Ann has extensive experience in all areas of family law. She has a varied caseload including international abduction work and complex financial disputes. She is a qualified collaborative lawyer, an accredited Resolution specialist and a member of the Law Society Children Panel.

Ann is a senior Family lawyer with wide range of experience in all aspects of Family law which she brings to all her cases together with enthusiasm, attention to detail and ability to plan strategically to get the best possible result for her clients. Ann has particular expertise in complex public children matters and abduction and forced marriage cases. 

Ann also acts for parents and children in care proceedings, often in cases where the mothers are young and vulnerable. She has a particular interest in acting for teenage children and often acts for children in complex disputes between family members, receiving the instructions directly from the young person.

Ann is an accredited international child abduction specialist and is a Central Authority panel member. She is also an accredited Resolution specialist in the field of forced marriage and on the Law Society Children Panel.

annthompson@goodmanray.com

Joanna Bosanquet Consultant

Joanna Bosanquet

Consultant

Joanna specialises in cases concerning children, particularly public law and adoption, and has been a member of the Law Society… Read more

Joanna Bosanquet Consultant

Joanna Bosanquet

Consultant

Joanna specialises in cases concerning children, particularly public law and adoption, and has been a member of the Law Society's Children Panel since 1994.

Following an academic career as a philosopher at Somerville College, Oxford, Joanna gained valuable experience during ten years in Local Government with the London Borough of Camden.

She trained with Charles Russell, joined Goodman Ray on qualifying in 1990, and became a Partner four years later. Joanna became a Consultant in January 2010.

joannabosanquet@goodmanray.com

Victor Wasserberg Partner

Victor Wasserberg

Consultant

Victor was admitted as a Solicitor in 1993. He joined Goodman Ray in June 2004 from Gary Jacobs Mehta & Co, to specialise i… Read more

Victor Wasserberg Partner

Victor Wasserberg

Consultant

Victor was admitted as a Solicitor in 1993. He joined Goodman Ray in June 2004 from Gary Jacobs Mehta & Co, to specialise in Public and Private Law children work.

Victor now undertakes all aspects of children work, including adoption, although the majority of his casework involves representing children in care proceedings. 

He is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) and, since June 2000, the Law Society’s Children Panel.

victorwasserberg@goodmanray.com

Nicola Harries

Consultant

Nicola Harries has been a qualified solicitor since 1979. She joined G… Read more

Nicola Harries

Consultant

Nicola Harries has been a qualified solicitor since 1979. She joined GR as a consultant on 1st September 2015  having previously been senior partner at Baxter Harries solicitors.  

Nicola specialises in cases concerning children, and has a particular interest in the representation of  teenagers. She has been a member of the Law Society's Children Panel for over 20 years. She has also acted extensively for parents, special guardians and adopters. She was involved in the two leading family cases of 2013, Re B  ( a child) 2013 UKSC 33 in which she represented the father, and Re B-S ( Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1146 , in which she acted for the adopters.

Nicola holds Higher Court Rights of audience and has extensive advocacy experience.

Janet Broadley

Consultant

Janet specialises in domestic and international family law, particularly matters involving children.  She has specific exp… Read more

Janet Broadley

Consultant

Janet specialises in domestic and international family law, particularly matters involving children.  She has specific expertise in child abduction involving Hague Convention and non Hague Convention countries. Janet is accredited by Resolution as a specialist children lawyer in child abduction matters and is regularly instructed by the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit but is increasingly instructed by respondents within these proceedings. 

Emma Sherrington

Senior Solicitor

Emma is a child law specialist and will be ranked in Chambers and Partners 2016 as a leader in her field of public law.  S… Read more

Emma Sherrington

Senior Solicitor

Emma is a child law specialist and will be ranked in Chambers and Partners 2016 as a leader in her field of public law.  She joined Goodman Ray in November 2014 as a senior member of our care and children team.  Emma qualified in 1999 and has over 15 years experience representing parents and children in a range of Children Act matters. 

Katrin White

Solicitor

Katrin joined the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care Department in 2015. Read more

Katrin White

Solicitor

Katrin joined the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care Department in 2015.

She specialises in cases concerning children, with a particular focus on representing parents in public law (care) proceedings. Katrin is accredited by the Law Society Children Panel, and acts for children through their Guardians.

At Goodman Ray Katrin is extending her adoption experience and is delighted to join the team’s high profile surrogacy practice, as well as continuing her existing work for parents and children in child protection cases. Katrin also has experience of cases featuring Forced Marriage, child abduction, leave to remove, and wardship.

Katrin’s caseload frequently involves representing vulnerable clients and her skills are attuned to the need for calm, patient and compassionate advice and support.

Her work has been commended recently by the Judge in a long running complex case as being assiduous in her pursuit of legal remedies for her client. The case featured  parallel criminal proceedings and a judicial review instigated by her client.

Reported cases:

Q v Q; Re B (A child); Re C (A Child) [2014] EWFC 31

Professional memberships:

Children Panel accreditation, Resolution

Jemma O'Neill

Solicitor

Jemma is a divorce law specialist, focussing on finance and children cases. Read more

Jemma O'Neill

Solicitor

Jemma is a divorce law specialist, focussing on finance and children cases.

As an experienced practitioner Jemma advises those considering separation and after relationship breakdown on financial issues and where parties are in dispute on key parenting decisions.  

From complex highly disputed finance cases to straightforward agreed settlements Jemma’s clients include; spouses departing marriage, separating cohabitees with jointly owned property, parents with care of children seeking financial orders and grandparents with financial claims as interveners in matrimonial finance cases.

Jemma’s matrimonial practice encompasses the preparation of pre-matrimonial agreements and post-matrimonial agreements for those seeking to exercise the autonomy and control in the situation of a future divorce.

Laura Dalgliesh Solicitor

Laura Dand

Solicitor

Laura Dand is an experienced Family Law practitioner. She specialises in cases concerning divorce and relationship breakdown, i… Read more

Laura Dalgliesh Solicitor

Laura Dand

Solicitor

Laura Dand is an experienced Family Law practitioner. She specialises in cases concerning divorce and relationship breakdown, including civil partnership dissolution and separation, financial provision following divorce including financial provision for children, and the complex rules surrounding cohabitation disputes.

She also advises on children law, including child arrangement orders, internal relocation, leave to remove from the jurisdiction, parental responsibility and specific issues, and the impact on alternative families of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

Tom Brownrigg

Solicitor

Tom is a solicitor and a mediator in Goodman Ray's Divorce and Matrimonial Finance Department, and a member of Resolution. He s… Read more

Tom Brownrigg

Solicitor

Tom is a solicitor and a mediator in Goodman Ray's Divorce and Matrimonial Finance Department, and a member of Resolution. He specialises in any issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship between married couples, civil partners and unmarried couples. These may be discussing any division of individual or joint assets, where any children should live or how they should proceed with a divorce.

Lee Henderson Solicitor

Lee Henderson

Solicitor

Solicitor with experience in all areas of private family law including divorce and separation, matrimonial finance and pri… Read more

Lee Henderson Solicitor

Lee Henderson

Solicitor

Solicitor with experience in all areas of private family law including divorce and separation, matrimonial finance and private children matters.

Tom Wright Paralegal

Tom Wright

Trainee Solicitor

Tom joined Goodman Ray in 2012 and predominantly works on Public Law, Private Law Children and Domestic Violence matters. Tom o… Read more

Tom Wright Paralegal

Tom Wright

Trainee Solicitor

Tom joined Goodman Ray in 2012 and predominantly works on Public Law, Private Law Children and Domestic Violence matters. Tom obtained his LLB at Surrey University and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law.

Prior to Goodman Ray Tom worked as a paralegal in the Property Law department at a busy London law firm.

tomwright@goodmanray.com

Marianna Michaelides Paralegal

Marianna Michaelides

Trainee Solicitor

Marianna is a Child and Family Law trainee solicitor. She predominantly works on cases concerning children, including; care pro… Read more

Marianna Michaelides Paralegal

Marianna Michaelides

Trainee Solicitor

Marianna is a Child and Family Law trainee solicitor. She predominantly works on cases concerning children, including; care proceedings, adoption, abduction and complex cases between parents, as well as divorce and ancillary relief matters.