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
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.
Gwen joined Goodman Ray in 2001 and became a partner in 2005. Before qualifying as a solicitor in 1994, Gwen worked for the Cro… Read more
Gwen joined Goodman Ray in 2001 and became a partner in 2005. Before qualifying as a solicitor in 1994, Gwen worked for the Crown Agents, living and working in Africa on aid-related projects.
She now specialises in representing children in proceedings taken by the Local Authority and in complex contact/residence disputes between their parents. She also acts for parents, grandparents, children’s guardians and children in public law cases (including care orders, supervision orders, emergency protection orders and secure accommodation orders). She undertakes her own advocacy in such cases. She also acts in placement and adoption matters within the UK as well as applications for Special Guardianship orders.
Gwen is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. Only experienced solicitors who meet the Law Society’s accreditation requirements are permitted to join the panel.
Gwen has had a long involvement with Women's Aid and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of Solace Women's Aid (an amalgamation of Camden, Islington and Enfield Women's Aid).
Partner and Mediator
Trudi is head of the Divorce and Matrimonial Finance department. She joined Goodman Ray in May 2000 as head of the Matrimonial … Read more
Partner and Mediator
Trudi is head of the Divorce and Matrimonial Finance department. She joined Goodman Ray in May 2000 as head of the Matrimonial Team, and became a partner in 2001. She is a Resolution trained Family Mediator who can mediate on all issues (children and financial matters) and a Collaboratively trained lawyer.
Trudi specialises in the financial aspects of divorce and separation. She regularly acts for high net worth individuals and provides advice in financially complex cases that often have an international element. 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.
Trudi has extensive experience in assisting clients to resolve issues relating to their children on family breakdown; where they will live and with whom and when and how the other parent will see them. She has a particular interest and expertise in dealing with cases that involve a parent wishing to move with a child/children abroad following family breakdown.
Trudi is an accredited member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Advanced and Complex Financial disputes and Private Children Law work. Trudi is a trained Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator and a member of the Family Mediation Council.
Trudi is commended in the Legal 500 for her “client care manner” (Legal 500, 2010) and referred to in Chambers as an “effective and formidable litigator” (Chambers & Partners, 2011). She is included in the City Wealth Leaders List 2013 as a Leading Lawyer and prominent figure in Family & Matrimonial Law. She is listed as an expert in the Legal Expert Directory.
Jemma studied law at London Guildhall University, where she went on to complete her Legal Practice Course. She join… Read more
Jemma studied law at London Guildhall University, where she went on to complete her Legal Practice Course. She joined Goodman Ray in April 2001 and qualified in June 2004. She was made a partner in 2009. Jemma is the partner in the Adoption and International Child Care department. She specialises in and has extensive experience of complex international adoption and surrogacy cases, often where there is also an immigration interface. Jemma’s practice also includes all aspects of children law and cases involving families conceived by artificial insemination.
Amanda was admitted as a Solicitor in 1996. She joined Goodman Ray in February 2008 from Sternberg Reed Solicitors. She became … Read more
Amanda was admitted as a Solicitor in 1996. She joined Goodman Ray in February 2008 from Sternberg Reed Solicitors. She became a Partner in September 2012. She has extensive experience of representing each of the parties in both public and private family proceedings.
Amanda is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) and has been on the Law Society's Children Panel since 2001.
Kevin has expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction, matrimonial proceedings and care proceedings. He is ass… Read more
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.
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 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.
Joanna specialises in cases concerning children, particularly public law and adoption, and has been a member of the Law Society… Read more
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.
Ann Thompson has been a qualified solicitor since 1992 having originally trained and worked as a barrister. Ann Thompson joined… Read more
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.
Emma is a child law specialist. She joined Goodman Ray in November 2014 as a senior member of our care and children team.… Read more
Emma is a child law specialist. 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.
Priya Palanivel qualified as a solicitor in September 2005 and joined Goodman Ray in November 2011 moving from her role as Head… Read more
Priya Palanivel qualified as a solicitor in September 2005 and joined Goodman Ray in November 2011 moving from her role as Head of the Family Department at a firm in South West London.
Priya is a member of Resolution and an Resolution Accredited Specialist, having gained a qualification as a specialist in family finance and children matters.
Priya has vast experience in all aspects of family law but her specialist focus is in Divorce and Family finance matters, often with an International element.
Priya advises clients both nationally and internationally and has experience dealing with international assets and foreign jurisdictions. Priya’s clients are often professionals as well as high profile musicians and those in the media.
Priya’s practice includes cohabitation disputes as well as drafting nuptial agreements. Priya also acts for parties in Children Act applications including international family law matters such as leave to remove applications and wardship proceedings.
As well as being a member of Resolution, Priya also sits on the Standards Committee and is an Assessor for the Complex Finance module of Resolution's Accreditation scheme. Priya also heads up the firm's Marketing Committee.
Priya is known for her direct and practical approach but with a resounding sensitivity and calmness. As well as being a Senior solicitor in the firm, Priya is also a Supervisor at Goodman Ray, supervising more junior members of staff.
In her own time, Priya enjoys running, cooking and travelling. Priya is currently training for the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October raising money for Refuge.
Jemma is a divorce law specialist, focussing on finance and children cases. Read more
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 client’s 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 increasingly popular pre-matrimonial agreements and post-matrimonial agreements for those seeking to exercise the autonomy and control in the situation of a future divorce.
Her noteworthy work in the area of private law children cases has involved Jemma in highly contentious cases where parents seek changes on the key decision of which parent a child should live with; complex cases where children are removed, or where a parent seeks leave from the court to remove a child from the jurisdiction, including where children are made wards of court. Jemma brings equal care and attention to detail to complex children cases with serious safeguarding issues, as to disputes on discrete issues such school choice or the time that a child should spend with a non-resident parent.
Jemma expertly guides clients thorough the process with outstanding legal acumen providing an exceptional level of support, thorough practical advice whilst always taking a constructive approach. Jemma frequently advises clients attending mediation alongside and can advice and represent clients who might consider arbitration or private judging as an alternative method of dispute resolution.
Born in Germany, Hilka moved to London in the early 1990s where she gained a Masters degree in History of Art from the Courtaul… Read more
Born in Germany, Hilka moved to London in the early 1990s where she gained a Masters degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art. After a career in journalism for Der Spiegel Magazine, Hilka embarked on a law conversion course and completed her Legal Practice Course with Distinction in Family Law
Laura studied Law and Economics at the University of Leicester. After graduating in 2005 she completed the Legal Pr… Read more
Laura studied Law and Economics at the University of Leicester. After graduating in 2005 she completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London.
Laura qualified as a solicitor in September 2009 with a Legal 500 law firm where she specialised in family law.
Laura joined the matrimonial department at Goodman Ray in 2010. Laura’s practice includes all aspects of divorce, civil partnership dissolution and separation, financial provision following divorce including financial provision for children and the complex rules surrounding cohabitation disputes.
Laura also advises on Children Act 1989 applications 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. Laura is a member of our domestic violence team and will obtain urgent protection from harm for vulnerable clients.
Laura is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers and the national practitioners group Resolution and sits on the Resolution Standards Committee. Laura contributes to the publication of the Resolution Guides to Good Practice. Laura is also a volunteer supervisor at the BPP Legal Advice Centre which provides much needed pro bono advice to the public.
Laura has acted for high profile clients and has represented clients in the High Court and advised in relation to the Court of Appeal.
Contributor to Resolution Good Practice Guides
The Review Issue 170 May/June 2014 “How to Handle Complaints”
5 February 2014 “Changes to Child Maintenance”
“We don't normally take the time to do this but felt that in this instance it was hard-earned and well-deserved; we cannot praise and thank you enough for everything you have done for us and we genuinely and whole-heartedly recommend your firm without hesitation.
Your endless patience and understanding, and your tireless hard work and professionalism are second to none. We needed someone to be our rock with the human touch to guide us through this difficult time, and we were lucky enough to find you. We hope everyone is as fortunate. Thank you again for everything."
AH and DH, London
“Laura has been assisting me with my divorce, financial and contact proceedings. She has been sympathetic and empathetic and I appreciate everything she has done for me to date.”
Ms A, London
“From the outset I found the assistance of Laura to be kind, thoughtful and extremely competent. I feel that finally and really for the first time in all the years that I have been struggling to be a father, the assistance Laura has provided has directly affected the outcome of the order from the family court in my favour.”
Mr S, London
Rahana qualified as a solicitor in 2010, having trained with a specialist family law firm outside of London. She joined the eme… Read more
Rahana qualified as a solicitor in 2010, having trained with a specialist family law firm outside of London. She joined the emergency team at Goodman Ray in July 2011. She specialises in children and family law. She has a particular interest in working on cases concerning private law children, child abductions, domestic and forced marriage. She acts for either the person seeking the protection and or the person seeking to defend these proceedings.
Rahana appreciates that these cases are highly sensitive and aims to achieve the best results for her clients. Rahana is a keen advocate who undertakes majority of her own advocacy.
Rahana was the instructed solicitor in a recent reported forced marriage case where findings of forced marriage were made against the Respondent parents in the high court. The case highlight the recognition and need for forced marriage protection orders; A v S M & anor  EWHC 435 (Fam)
Rahana speaks fluent Bengali (sylheti). Rahana works closely with the Police, refuges and women's aid.
In her spare time, Rahana is a volunteer on the Rights of Women advice line providing legal advice on family law. She enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Solicitor with experience in Matrimonial and Children Law. Katie joined Goodman Ray as a Paralegal in July 2011 where she gaine… Read more
Solicitor with experience in Matrimonial and Children Law. Katie joined Goodman Ray as a Paralegal in July 2011 where she gained experience in the Children and Matrimonial departments.
Solicitor with experience in divorce and separation, matrimonial finance, international child care and domestic violence. Read more
Solicitor with experience in divorce and separation, matrimonial finance, international child care and domestic violence.
Kim has worked as a paralegal at Goodman Ray since January 2012 and has experience of public and private law, international chi… Read more
Kim has worked as a paralegal at Goodman Ray since January 2012 and has experience of public and private law, international child abduction matters and complex care cases, assisting Ann Thompson on the matters of LB of Islington v Al Alas and Wray  EWHC 865 (Fam), the matter of LC (Children) (No 2)  UKSC1 and Re IB and EB  EWHC 369 (Fam) and London Borough of Hillingdon v AO  EWHC 75 (Fam).
Louise studied Law at Leeds University before moving to London to complete the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law. Lou… Read more
Louise studied Law at Leeds University before moving to London to complete the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law. Louise has worked as a paralegal at Goodman Ray since January 2012 and became a trainee solicitor in November 2013. Louise is currently a trainee in the matrimonial department and also has experience of public and private law, abduction and domestic violence.
Tom joined Goodman Ray in 2012 and predominantly works on Public Law, Private Law Children and Domestic Violence matters. Tom o… Read more
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.
Marianna studied English Literature at the University of Southampton before moving to London to continue her studies, completin… Read more
Marianna studied English Literature at the University of Southampton before moving to London to continue her studies, completing both the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law, where she also obtained an LLB. Marianna joined Goodman Ray in September 2012 as part of the Children team, and she is now a member of the International Adoption team. Prior to this, Marianna worked in the Family department at a firm in South London, whereby she conducted her own case load in all areas of family law and children law.
Marianna has assisted on the following reported cases:
- Re J (A Child) (Learning Disabled Parent) (No 2) 
- Re J (A Child) (Learning Disabled Parent) 
- Re G (A Minor); Re Z (A Minor)  EWHC 134 (Fam)
- R v C (Relocation) 2013 EWHC 1295 (FAM)
Marianna is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers and Amnesty International.