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Goodman Ray
Francis Barber House
9 Gough Square

Work Department

Head of adoption department.


Partner specialising in all areas of adoption, with a particular interest in international adoption with complex immigration/legal difficulties and in co-parenting, surrogacy and parental orders. Jemma Dally represented the adopters in the leading case in respect of recognition of a foreign adoption order (D v D (foreign adoption) [2008] 1 FLR 1475), also Re Z + Z (recognition of a Brazilian adoption order) [2013] EWHC 747 (Fam); Re R (recognition of Indian adoption) [2012] EWHC 2956 (Fam).


Trained Goodman Ray; qualified 2004. Appointed head of the adoption department in 2007 and made a partner in 2009. Nominated to sit on the BAAF legal advisory committee in 2008.


Association of Lawyers for Children, BAAF.

Resolution accredited.


Alcester Grammar School; London Guildhall University (2000 LLB Hons) (2003 LPC).


Travel, cinema and theatre.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Family

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.