Kevin Skinner > Goodman Ray > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Goodman Ray

Work Department

Family and children.


Partner; specialises in family and children law, particularly international child custody, abduction, surrogacy and international relocation/leave to remove applications. Association of Lawyers for Children Outstanding Newcomer in the Field of Children Law (2013); regular speaker and trainer; reported decisions include, EG v JG [2013] EW Misc 21 (CC) (01 December 2013); Re G (A Minor); Re Z (A Minor) [2013] EWHC 134 (Fam); LB of Islington v Al Alas and Wray [2012] EWHC 865 (Fam); and Re PW (Adoption) [2012] EWHC 3793 (FAM).


Trained Goodman Ray, qualified 2009. Partner 2015. Publications of note: Adoption, public policy and integrity; Re PW: – Jordan Family Law, May 2012, volume 42, p577; Confidentiality in Children Cases after Doncaster MBC V Haigh – Jordan Family Law, December 2011, volume 41, p1348; The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007: Two Years On – Jordan Family Law, January 2011, volume 41, p76.


Law Society Family Law (Advanced) Private Children Law and Child Abduction; Resolution; Association of Lawyer for Children.


Les Quennevais School; Hertfordshire University (BA Hons 2001); Sussex University (CPE 2003); College of Law (LPC 2005).


Travel, skiing, literature and tennis.

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’.