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Goodman Ray

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.


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


Travel, cinema and theatre.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Family

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’.