Firm Profile > Goodman Ray > London, England

Goodman Ray

Family Tier 2

Niche family practice Goodman Ray has a particularly strong reputation for children work but covers all facets of family law, with experience in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution. It has expertise in finances, private law children work and international cases, as well as matters relating to adoption, fertility, modern family structures, public law and domestic abuse. Other areas of strength include schedule 1 applications and finance cases where there are domestic or overseas assets in complex trust or corporate structures. Clients include high-net-worth individuals and those in the public eye. Peggy Ray, Trudi Featherstone and Jemma Dally are the names to note, along with respected practitioner Kevin Skinner.


A strong practice with a real focus on delivering high-quality legal advice with compassion. Trudi Featherstone is brilliant. She cares deeply about every client, and does her absolute best to steer them to the best outcome for them without the need for court proceedings where at all possible

Kevin Skinner is a brilliant children’s lawyer, particularly in international cases involving abduction and relocation. He has sound judgement. Clients simply love him because he is kind, advises in a straightforward way, and fights their corner’

Goodman Ray is one of our go-to firms for complicated legally aided work. We are particularly impressed by Tom Brownrigg, who also has a growing reputation as a mediator

‘Thomas Brownrigg is a strong legal presence. He is a powerhouse of legal knowledge and client management

Kevin Skinner is the standout performer for me. He is in the biggest cases, acting on really heavy cases involving issues like forced marriage, abduction and adoption. His client base is international and he is always in demand. I see him rising to the top

You want Emma Sherrington on your side – she is tenacious in fighting for her client’s interests and manages the most difficult cases within the firm. Peggy Ray is a leading light in the profession and hugely respected by everyone in family law, especially the judges

Jemma Dally goes above and beyond for her clients. I cannot praise her enough for all the hard work she put into my case and will be eternally grateful to her. Catriona Allan’s thorough, forensic and methodical approach to each and every case she works on ensures that no stone is left unturned

‘It has a strong mediation offering and is a go-to firm for complex children work with a number of recognised specialists

Family: mediation Tier 2

Goodman Ray has two Family Mediators Association-accredited mediators and can handle child-inclusive mediations. As a result, it receives a steady flow of instructions for high-net-worth and children mediations. Thomas Brownrigg conducts mediations for a variety of individuals and is also able to conduct mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs). Trudi Featherstone is a Resolution-trained family mediator who can mediate on both children and financial matters and is a collaboratively trained lawyer.


It is a go-to firm for complex children work with a number of recognised specialists. Trudi Featherstone and Thomas Brownrigg are both passionate family mediators driven by the client’s best interests

Goodman Ray is an excellent team with very strong capability across children and finances. Tom Brownrigg is a terrific lawyer and excellent mediator. He has a real passion for what he does but is also down-to-earth and accessible’

A family team of strength and depth. Impressive in litigation and out-of-court dispute resolution. Always looking at innovative ways to resolve disputes and support clients

Thomas Brownrigg continues to grow his reputation as a mediator

Tom Brownrigg is dedicated, bright and approachable. He manages high-stress situations with admirable calm and is able to reassure the most anxious of clients with his straightforward and empathetic manner

Thomas Brownrigg is meticulous in his preparation and has a very good tactical knowledge

Trudi Featherstone is a fantastic and highly experienced family lawyer. She is not fazed by anything and has the ability to settle cases with great ease

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
Photo Name Position Profile
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