Firm Profile > Goodman Ray > London , England

Goodman Ray

Family Tier 2

Goodman Ray has considerable strength across a broad range of issues including finance, private children, public law and international matters. It is also skilled at advising on adoption, fertility, modern family structures as well as other issues surrounding domestic abuse. Its specialist lawyers deal with a wide range of cases including complex medical cases where the effects of an undiagnosed medical condition could be confused with signs of abuse or allegations of physical injury such as shaken baby syndrome. Seven members of the team are on the Law Society Children Panel. Its adoption team is also well regarded, while the firm also has a specialist team that deals with cases of child abduction and forced marriage. Peggy Ray, Trudi Featherstone and Jemma Dally are highly respected practitioners along with Kevin Skinner. Thomas Brownrigg was promoted to the partnership.


It is an excellent children’s law practice, with a particular speciality as a leader in the representation of children, and a recognised high-level expertise in international cases’.

Goodman Ray has always been at the forefront of family law, particularly the law as it relates to children. The firm has never rested on its laurels and the team is highly positive and effective with outstanding lawyers‘.

Peggy Ray has a powerful and acute intellect, and grapples with difficult and challenging cases imaginatively, with maturity of judgement, and (where appropriate) forcefully‘.

Janet Broadley is a well-established specialist in international cases, and in particular in Hague Convention child abduction, with experience of high-level work including in the UKSC and the CJEU. She has an excellent, friendly approach to clients, and a pragmatic and practical approach to litigation‘.

Emma Sherrington and Ann Thompson are practitioners who operate effectively at the highest level in children’s cases, including those with an international aspect‘.

‘Thomas Brownrigg is very switched-on‘.

Catriona Allan is knowledgeable on all aspects of childcare law.’

‘Kevin Skinner is a marvel. Instantly reassuring and personable with clients from any background, he is a versatile individual who will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the best possible outcome. His written work is exceptional and he is an excellent communicator, which is a skill that bring an edge to any case he touches.’

Key clients

Family Rights Group


Family: mediation Tier 2

Goodman Ray's team is led by Trudi Featherstone and Thomas Brownrigg, who was recently promoted to the partnership and is an accredited mediator. Featherstone is a trained collaborative lawyer and an accredited mediator as well as a member of the Family Mediation Council.


Trudi Featherstone is an exceptionally pro-active, dedicated and talented family lawyer/mediator. Her quick mind, knowledge, empathy and ability to think outside the box has led to her increasingly being recognised as one of London’s finest mediators‘.

Thomas Brownrigg, who also offers child inclusive mediation, is also a safe pair of hands‘.

Thomas Brownrigg is an excellent mediator, capable of dealing with extremely complex financial situations including significant overseas assets‘.

Thomas Brownrigg has a really good attitude and the team is quickly building a very strong mediation practice’.

Thomas Brownrigg is a practical, scrupulously fair mediator who you would trust on the most complex matters’.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Peggy Ray
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 25