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.
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 joined Goodman R… 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 head of the Adoption and International Child Care department. She specialises in and has extensive experience of domestic and foreign adoptions often with a complex immigration interface. Jemma’s practice reflects her experience and particular interest in children cases with an international element.
Jemma’s work also includes all aspects of children law, including fostering, special guardianship, friends and family care, residence and parental responsibility and legal rights of same sex couples, international relocation cases and public law work.
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).
Jemma was the instructed solicitor in the leading case in respect of international adoption and applications for recognition of a foreign adoption order: D-v-D (foreign adoption)  1 FLR 1475
Jemma is commended in Legal 500 for her “attentiveness” (Legal 500, 2010)
Other Reported Cases
London Borough of Waltham Forest v FC & Anor  EWFC 13
London Borough of Waltham Forest v FC & Anor  EWFC 14
L v C (Applications by non biological mother)  EWHC 1280
Re WT (Surrogacy)  EWHC 1303 (Fam)
Re X (A Child)  EWHC 689 (Fam)
Re Z and Z (Recognition of a Brazilian Adoption Order)  EWHC 747(FAM)
Re R (Recognition of Indian adoption)  EWHC 2956 (FAM)
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.
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.
He became a Partner in April 2009.
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 2003.
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.
Natalie has been a solicitor qualified since November 2004 and joined Goodman Ray in February 2010. Read more
Natalie has been a solicitor qualified since November 2004 and joined Goodman Ray in February 2010.
Her areas of work include a broad range of divorce financial remedy cases and matters concerning financial provision for children and all aspects of financial provision arising out of the breakdown of marriage or of cohabitation, such as maintenance pending suit and “TLATA 1996” applications.
She is specialised in Children Act 1989 and has experience and understanding of international family law matters including forced marriage, international child abduction and wardship proceedings, in which she holds a particular interest.
Natalie is accredited as a family specialist in relation to divorce and finances and an international child abduction specialist by Resolution, an association of lawyers committed to reaching solutions for families in a non-confrontational environment, of which she is a member.
Natalie is also a professional member of British Italian Law Association and speaks Italian and German fluently.
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.
As a Resolution Accredited Specialist, Priya’s practice is in Divorce and Separation matters, often with an International element. Priya also acts for clients in cohabitation disputes as well as drafting pre-nuptial agreements and separation agreements. She also has experience in civil partnership dissolutions. Priya acts for parties in Children Act applications and has experience and understanding of international family law matters including leave to remove applications and wardship proceedings.
Priya is a member of Resolution, an association of family lawyers committed to representing parties in a non-aggressive and non-confrontational manner. Priya is known for her direct and practical approach but with a resounding sensitivity and calmness.
In her own time, Priya volunteers for Rights of Women (ROW), a London based charity which runs a national legal advice line, offering legal advice by women for women, as well as enjoying running, cooking and travelling. Priya is currently training for the Trailwalker event, a 100K trail raising money for Oxfam.
Jemma qualified as a solicitor in 1992 after a law degree at London South Bank University and LPC at the College of Law, York. Read more
Jemma qualified as a solicitor in 1992 after a law degree at London South Bank University and LPC at the College of Law, York.
Jemma has specialized in family law since qualification, working at Bolt Burdon in Islington where she became an associate solicitor and Head of the Family Law Team, before taking a career break to travel and start a family.
Jemma joined Goodman Ray in January 2014 and continues her specialism in matrimonial proceedings representing clients in complex financial remedy cases often where there are multiple assets, acting for and against interveners or multiple interveners and in cases where there are assets abroad. Financial cases under the Children Act schedule 1 and unmarried property claims are also a key area of interest.
Jemma frequently advises clients who are actively pursuing a mediated settlement, providing supporting advice where needed to achieve a fair conclusion to the mediation. Goodman Ray is now a member of Lawyer Supported Mediation.
Jemma is experienced in private law children act applications often with complex factors. She also represents clients in wardship proceedings and acts for both applicants and respondents in child abduction cases.
Jemma is a member of 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.
Hilka joined Goodman Ray in October 2004 and qualified in November 2007. She is part of Goodman Ray’s highly regarded adoption and international child care team.
Hilka specialises in international children law including abductions and domestic and intercountry adoptions. Hilka also acts for parents and children in complex care proceedings. Increasingly, Hilka has been advising on judicial reviews in relation to family law matters and applications under the Human Rights Act 1998.
Hilka is recognised for her resourceful and pragmatic approach to complex legal issues and has been commended for her work in the Legal 500 2014 as “excellent” and “going the extra mile””. Hilka has also been shortlisted for the Family Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2014 which will be announced on 5 June 2014.
Hilka is a member of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, BAAF, she is on the Law Society’s Children Panel and a member of Resolution. She is fluent in German and English, and speaks French and some Russian.
Significant reported cases:
Re N (Abduction: Appeal)  EWCA Civ 1086 - when and whether the High Court's Inherent Jurisdiction should/could be invoked in relation to a non-resident British Child in abduction proceedings
Re B-A (Children: Care Proceedings: Joinder of Grandmother)  2 FLR 382 – successful appeal on refusal to assess a grandmother within care proceedings
Z & Z, Re  EWHC 747 (Fam) - recognition of a foreign adoption order to one parent as a gateway to the subsequent step-parent adoption by the other parent (with Jemma Dally)
Re X (A Child)  EWHC 689 (Fam) - definition of the meaning of section 42(3) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 - child to have their home with the Applicant prior to an adoption application
Re A (A Child)  EWHC 604 (Fam) – the Court provided guidance for the notification and involvement of parents who live abroad and whose children are subject of care proceedings in England, this case has been covered in the Press, please see these links http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-26794840 ; http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed128629
Celia leads Goodman Ray’s domestic violence team, working closely with local women’s aid organisations, police and … Read more
Celia leads Goodman Ray’s domestic violence team, working closely with local women’s aid organisations, police and refuges to help vulnerable people seek protection for themselves and their children.
Celia also acts for children, parents and grandparents in relation to care and placement proceedings. She is experienced in handling complex care cases involving sensitive issues such as physical and sexual abuse, as well as non-accidental injuries to children. She also has a keen interest in developing areas of law, such as the implications for children living with an internet sexual offender. Celia is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and the Association of Lawyers for Children
Celia also acts for parents and other family members involved in disputes relating to residence, contact and parental responsibility. Whilst at university Celia spent time volunteering with CAFCASS in a child contact centre, and is interested in assisting parents to work together in a child-focused way following separation.
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
Kevin was born in Jersey and moved to England in 1998. He initially studied English Literature, and then went on to complete th… Read more
Kevin was born in Jersey and moved to England in 1998. He initially studied English Literature, and then went on to complete the Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course (LPC), qualifying as a solicitor in November 2009.
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. Kevin has a particular interest in Children Act applications including contact and residence disputes, internal relocation and leave to remove from the jurisdiction. When instructed in care proceedings, Kevin’s primary focus is on cases involving non-accidental injury and cases with concurrent criminal proceedings. He has been awarded the Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation, specialising in Child Abduction and Children Law (Private).
He is a regular speaker and lecturer within the United Kingdom, having recently given talks to the ALC (Association of Children Lawyers), NSPCC, NIA project and IMECE. He is on the Amnesty International speakers; he is also a regular contributor to Jordan's Family Law and is frequently asked to comment on cases by LexisNexis. Kevin is a member of Resolution, Human Rights Lawyers Association, Association of Children Lawyers, Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Amnesty International the Lesbian and Gay Lawyer Association.
In July 2013 Kevin was awarded Outstanding Newcomer in the field of Children Law by the Association of Lawyers for Children. In the same year he was a finalist for Family Law Young Solicitor of the Year at the Jordans Family Law Awards.
Kevin is described in Legal 500 as being:
“... excellent, and go[es} the extra mile” (2013)
Reported cases in the last 12 months
- J (A Child), Re  EWHC B14 (Fam) (13 March 2013)
- EG v JG  EW Misc 21 (CC) (01 December 2013)
- Re J (A Child) (Learning Disabled Parent)  EWHC B14 (Fam)
- Re J (A Child) (Learning Disabled Parent) 
- Re G (A Minor); Re Z (A Minor)  EWHC 134 (Fam)
- LB of Islington v Al Alas and Wray  EWHC 865 (Fam)
- A London Borough v M (Rickets) 
- Re PW (Adoption)  EWHC 3793 (FAM)
- Adoption, public policy and integrity; Re PW: Jordan Family Law, May 2012, volume 42, page 577
- Confidentiality in Children Cases after Doncaster MBC V Haigh Jordan Family Law, December 2011, volume 41, page 1348
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.
Trainee Solicitor with experience in Matrimonial and Children Law. Katie joined Goodman Ray as a Paralegal in July 2011 where s… Read more
Trainee 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.
Trainee Solicitor with experience in public law and international Adoption. Lee joined Goodman Ray as a Paralegal in 2011, work… Read more
Trainee Solicitor with experience in public law and international Adoption. Lee joined Goodman Ray as a Paralegal in 2011, working in the Adoption and International Child Care department.
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 matter of LB of Islington v Al Alas and Wray  EWHC 865 (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.