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Goodman Ray

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

Trudi Featherstone at Goodman Ray is a Resolution trained family mediator who can mediate on all issues (children and financial matters) and is also a collaboratively trained lawyer. She receives a steady stream of instructions on high-value and children mediations. The other key member of the group is Thomas Brownrigg who has been accredited by the Family Mediation Council to undertake 'All Issues' Mediation, and is a Resolution trained mediator. He conducts mediation for a variety of individuals regarding both children and financial issues. In addition, he is able to conduct  MIAMs as well as mediations.


‘A bright team willing to explore solutions rather than assume litigation is the answer. Tom Brownrigg is bright, measured and has a quiet confidence about him‘.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Goodman Ray is a boutique children and family law practice that has built up an excellent reputation for its children work in particular. The firm, under the leadership of Peggy Ray and Trudi Featherstone, has expertise across all areas including finances, private children, adoption, fertility, modern family structures as well as public law, domestic abuse and a whole host of international matters. Featherstone and Thomas Brownrigg are both trained as collaborative lawyers and seven members of the team are on the Law Society Children Panel. Jemma Dally is another notable practitioner along with Kevin Skinner. The team is a 'real force in international children law'.

Practice head(s):

Peggy Ray; Trudi Featherstone

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Brownrigg; Jemma Dally; Kevin Skinner; Catriona Allan; Emma Sherrington


Trudi Featherstone represented me in my divorce. I benefitted enormously from her experience and expertise but also from her skilful combination of compassion and pragmatism. She managed my expectations about what the divorce process and financial settlement would involve and prepared me for the round table meeting‘.

‘Very strong team with specialists in more areas of family practice. It has some really top players family law – particularly in complex children cases. Peggy Ray is very well regarded and is the lynchpin of the firm. She will always lend an ear to a member of a team who has a problem’.

Goodman Ray has a good reputation for a reason. The lawyers are highly skilled family practitioners and any client instructing them will be in very safe hands. The team is very knowledgeable and always fight its client’s corner. Catriona Allan is undoubtedly the best solicitor I have come across in the 12 years I have been practising as a barrister. She is highly organised and on top of all her cases. The energy she puts into defending clients never ceases to amaze me. She is meticulous in the advice she provides to clients and in the way she prepares their cases‘.

‘Goodman Ray is highly regarded amongst family lawyers for its dedication to its clients, its collaborative approach and the breadth of its services. It is the go-to firm for those involved in complex public law proceedings, particularly where there are allegations of non-accidental injury. The stand out individuals at Goodman Ray are Kevin Skinner and Emma Sherrington. Kevin is a dedicated solicitor with exceptional judgment. He is calm under pressure and gives his clients clear, insightful advice. Emma is a fighter. She goes the extra mile for her clients to ensure that they get the best outcome possible‘.

‘The team goes the extra mile in the most complex, substantive and important cases. They change the legal landscape on a regular basis. Kevin Skinner – clever, kind, humane and very, very good. He’s tactically excellent, gives spot on advice, supports clients in the toughest of corners and is an all round star. Peggy Ray – the doyenne of family law. Kind, down to earth despite being magnificent at every aspect of her role, she fights for her clients with courage and compassion‘.

‘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. Very good at difficult, challenging and acrimonious mediation cases. Speaks with calmness and authority that sets the clients at ease. Trudy Featherstone has a very good reputation as a mediator. Peggy Ray is imperious as a children and human rights lawyer‘.

Emma Sherrington – tenacious advocate for her clients;  she is a pleasure to work with; always brings new ideas and is a creative lawyer’.

‘Excellent family law team which is able to compete with any of its competitors! Trudi Featherstone is the standout practitioner. She has the whole package, being an incredibly experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who is able to grasp complex issues quickly. She gives sound, pragmatic, objective and sensible advice, seeking solutions to problems at every stage in an endeavour to minimise the anxiety and stress for her clients. This is evenly tempered with the strength of purpose which is required to achieve a fair and proper outcome: Absolutely the correct balance for a matrimonial practitioner. She is a skilled and persuasive advocate’.

Key clients

Southhall Black Sisters


Family Rights Group

Work highlights

  • Representing the intervener in complex care proceedings
  • Representing a father in care proceedings.
  • Advised on care proceedings issued due to the mother’s alcohol use, and the out of control behaviour of the 15 year old.

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

Senior partner Peggy Ray
Mr Tom Brownrigg  photo Mr Tom Brownrigg Partner
Jemma Dally  photo Jemma Dally Partner specialising in all areas of adoption, with a particular interest in…
Trudi Featherstone  photo Trudi Featherstone Partner specialising in divorce and high net worth complex ancillary relief; with…
Peggy Ray  photo Peggy Ray Senior partner at Goodman Ray, specialising in all aspects of complex children…
Kevin Skinner  photo Kevin Skinner Partner; 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