Goodman Ray > London, England > Firm Profile

Goodman Ray
9 Gough Square
EC4A 3DG
England

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

Goodman Ray has a ‘small but perfectly formed mediation team’ of Thomas Brownrigg and Trudi Featherstone. They are praised for their ‘top class service’ and for both being ‘excellent mediators’ who are ‘firm and commanding where necessary but with warmth’. Featherstone is a resolution trained family mediator who can mediate on all issues (children and finance) and is a collaboratively trained lawyer. Brownrigg has been accredited by the Family Mediation Council to undertake all issues mediation and is a resolution trained mediator.

Other key lawyers:

Tom Brownrigg; Trudi Featherstone

Testimonials

‘A great team offering a range of family law work and great value for money. Trudi Featherstone goes above and beyond for her clients’.

‘A small but highly regarded mediation team. A team I regularly offer to clients as suggested mediators. Trudi Featherstone has a considerable experience of dealing with both children and finance mediations. She has a calm relaxed style and a range of strategies to ensure that the mediation works’.

‘Thomas Brownrigg is a stand out family lawyer for finance and children disputes. Very good with cohabitation and modern family cases. Technically brilliant with a fine attention to detail. Tremendous lateral thinker. Extremely good at negotiation. Always popular with clients‘.

‘In Trudi Featherstone, Goodman Ray has one of London’s most able mediators. The greatest compliment I can pay her is that I have recommended her to a number of my clients, and will continue to do so’.

‘Trudi Featherstone inspires trust, is approachable, friendly, empathetic and respectful. She is dedicated to the cause and will stop at nothing to assist her clients in reaching an informed agreement’.

‘Tom Brownrigg is a mediator who I would recommend without hesitation. He is bright whilst remaining approachable and I have received very positive feedback as to how Tom is able to manage difficult personalities within a mediation setting’.

‘Trudi Featherstone who is head of the Finance team continues to spearhead this department to ever greater heights, having received many industry accolades. Tom Brownrigg, a more junior partner has also carved out a niche for himself and has a top notch reputation’.

‘Clients speak very highly of Tom Brownrigg. He understands clients and mediates both children and finance cases. He is a very safe pair of hands and someone who has the experience and skill to help clients solve even the trickiest of issues’.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Goodman Ray has an ‘exceptional reputation’ with its ‘wonderful team. All hardworking, committed and dedicated to their clients. Real fighters, determined to ensure the best outcome for their clients. Varied and excellent skills and superb lawyers’. It particularly excels in international children work and is regularly appointed by the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit, in both Hague return and BIIa cases. It is adept at dealing with cases such as child abduction and forced marriages. Jemma Dally  is a Resolution accredited specialist in adoption. Janet Broadley is a Resolution accredited specialist in child abduction and private children law. Seven members of the group are on the Law Society Children Panel allowing representation of children within public law proceedings. Other names to note include Kevin Skinner  who has considerable expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction, matrimonial and care proceedings. Trudi Featherstone specialises in the financial aspects of divorce and separation.

Practice head(s):

Peggy Ray; Trudi Featherstone; Jemma Daly; Kevin Skinner; Thomas Brownrigg

Other key lawyers:

Ann Thompson; Catriona Allan; Emma Sherrington; Janet Broadley; Elizabeth Jaques

Testimonials

‘Kevin Skinner is highly experienced with litigation – so can be relied on to take decisions about how to run a case including all the practicalities involved with appeals and applications. His knowledge of the law and judgments of the merits is also so sure that it is a pleasure to work with him. This is not a statement I would offer for many of my instructing solicitors’.

‘Goodman Ray is probably the best firm for international children cases in the current market. Janet Broadley is an outstanding children lawyer. Her knowledge of the law is exceptional. Her level of dedication to her clients’ cases is second to none. She is hugely tenacious and also a great person to work with. She has enormous experience of representing children and rightly lauded as probably the best solicitor specialising in this highly sensitive area’.

Ann Thompson is an excellent children’s lawyer who is very experienced in this field. Tom Brownrigg is a star in the making. He has a fantastic knowledge of the law coupled with excellent client handling skills and good judgement. I’d trust him on any finance or children case however complicated’.

‘Catriona Allan is exceptionally knowledgeable in all aspects of Child Law. She always goes the extra mile for clients in ensuring they have every opportunity to achieve a favourable outcome. She leaves no stone unturned in preparation of cases and prepares very persuasive pleadings, statements and other documents’.

‘Ann Thompson is excellent – excellent communicator with clients, particularly adept at dealing with vulnerable or challenging clients. Peggy Ray is extremely experienced, thorough and one of the best in the business’

‘Peggy Ray has a powerful and acute intellect, and grapples imaginatively, with maturity of judgment, and (where appropriate) forcefully with difficult and challenging cases. She is a legendary class act. Janet Broadley is a very well-established specialist in international cases, and in particular in Hague Convention child abduction, with experience of very high level work including in the UKSC and the CJEU. Her legal knowledge and tactical skill are overlaid by an open, sensitive approach ideally suits her to the representation of older children, and she is one of the few ‘go-to’ practitioners who excel at this role’.

‘Emma Sherrington and Ann Thompson are practitioners who also operate effectively at the highest level in children’s cases, including those with an international aspect, and I have worked in cases in which their effectiveness was well-demonstrated‘.

‘Thomas Brownrigg and Trudi Featherstone are particularly strong in financial remedy work. They offer their clients sensible and straightforward advice. They are both extremely experienced practitioners who offer a first class service’.

Key clients

SOUTHALL BLACK SISTERS

REUNITE

FAMILY RIGHTS GROUP

Goodman Ray is one of the leading family law firms in the UK, with a national and international reputation for its work in children and family law. Goodman Ray offers a first-class service across the full spectrum of family law, including matrimonial finance, cohabitation, international adoption, surrogacy, child abduction, forced marriage injunctions, mediation and children law.

The firm: Co-founded by Peggy Ray in 1985, Goodman Ray has grown steadily and now has a team of 20 specialist solicitors, making it one of the largest family law departments in the UK. The firm represents high-net-worth and international clients, while remaining committed to delivering a cutting-edge service to its legal aid clients. Goodman Ray is based in Old Street and has offices at Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf, offering clients the convenience of a choice of venues.

Goodman Ray’s straightforward and innovative approach is welcomed by clients and is demonstrated by its lawyers’ involvement with other professional organisations and interest groups working in these fields. Clients are assured of expert representation by lawyers who will fearlessly fight their corner while sharing the firm’s child-centred ethos and promoting alternative dispute resolution where appropriate.

The firm has eight lawyers on the Law Society Children Panel, two lawyers are Resolution-accredited adoption specialists, four lawyers are Resolution-accredited specialists in private children and complex finance, three lawyers are on the Child Abduction Unit panel and one lawyer is Law Society-accredited in family law (advanced).

The firm deals with cases sensitively and with the utmost discretion. Among the team there are lawyers who speak Welsh, Spanish, Urdu, Pahari and French. The practice has well-established links with other leading law firms and international support networks.

Types of work undertaken: Goodman Ray’s expertise includes matrimonial finance and private law children matters. The firm is frequently instructed in complex cases involving abduction, international adoption and surrogacy. Goodman Ray is actively involved in new areas of law, such as its work in cases with non-traditional family structures, having been involved in some of the recently reported decisions involving different types of parenting (including fertility, surrogacy and same-sex parenting). The longstanding commitment to delivering a cutting-edge service to its legal aid clients in public law and domestic violence remains a hallmark of the firm.

In 2012 Goodman Ray introduced therapeutic and mediation services to support clients through the dispute resolution process. Goodman Ray is able to do this as a result of its relationships with a range of expert therapeutic professionals and mediators within the firm. The firm sees this as an essential service to offer clients, particularly in light of the expectation of more mediated cases. This new service supports clients in both children and financial disputes.

Other offices: London; Canary Wharf, London

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior partner Peggy Ray
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Tom Brownrigg photoMr Tom BrownriggPartner
Jemma Dally photo Jemma DallyPartner specialising in all areas of adoption, with a particular interest in…
Trudi Featherstone photo Trudi FeatherstonePartner specialising in divorce and high net worth complex ancillary relief; with…
Peggy Ray photo Peggy RaySenior partner at Goodman Ray, specialising in all aspects of complex children…
Kevin Skinner photo Kevin SkinnerPartner; specialises in family and children law, particularly international child custody, abduction,…
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 25
Children Law Accreditation
Family Law Advanced Panel