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Family - ranked: tier 2

Goodman Ray

Goodman Ray has considerable strength across a broad range of issues including finance, private children, public law and international matters. It is also skilled at advising on adoption, fertility, modern family structures as well as other issues surrounding domestic abuse. Its specialist lawyers deal with a wide range of cases including complex medical cases where the effects of an undiagnosed medical condition could be confused with signs of abuse or allegations of physical injury such as shaken baby syndrome. Seven members of the team are on the Law Society Children Panel. Its adoption team is also well regarded, while the firm also has a specialist team that deals with cases of child abduction and forced marriage. Peggy Ray, Trudi Featherstone and Jemma Dally are highly respected practitioners along with Kevin Skinner. Thomas Brownrigg was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Peggy Ray; Trudi Featherstone; Jemma Dally

Other key lawyers:Thomas Brownrigg; Emma Sherrington; Janet Broadley; Kevin Skinner; Ann Thompson; Catriona Allan


'It is an excellent children’s law practice, with a particular speciality as a leader in the representation of children, and a recognised high-level expertise in international cases'.

'Goodman Ray has always been at the forefront of family law, particularly the law as it relates to children. The firm has never rested on its laurels and the team is highly positive and effective with outstanding lawyers'.

'Peggy Ray has a powerful and acute intellect, and grapples with difficult and challenging cases imaginatively, with maturity of judgement, and (where appropriate) forcefully'.

'Janet Broadley is a well-established specialist in international cases, and in particular in Hague Convention child abduction, with experience of high-level work including in the UKSC and the CJEU. She has an excellent, friendly approach to clients, and a pragmatic and practical approach to litigation'.

'Emma Sherrington and Ann Thompson are practitioners who operate effectively at the highest level in children’s cases, including those with an international aspect'.

'Thomas Brownrigg is very switched-on'.

'Catriona Allan is knowledgeable on all aspects of childcare law.'

'Kevin Skinner is a marvel. Instantly reassuring and personable with clients from any background, he is a versatile individual who will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the best possible outcome. His written work is exceptional and he is an excellent communicator, which is a skill that bring an edge to any case he touches.'

Key Clients

Family Rights Group


Work highlights

  • Acted for the wife in a case involving a well-known sportsman with significant assets across multiple jurisdictions, with complex enforcement issues.
  • Representing W in a financial relief case involving domestic abuse.
  • Negotiating complex financial settlements involving assets across different jurisdictions.
  • Representing the mother in wardship and care proceedings.
  • Representing the father in care proceedings and Art 15 BRII proceedings.
Leading individuals

Ann Thompson - Goodman Ray

Peggy Ray - Goodman Ray

Rising stars

Emma Sherrington - Goodman Ray

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Goodman Ray

Goodman Ray's team is led by Trudi Featherstone and Thomas Brownrigg, who was recently promoted to the partnership and is an accredited mediator. Featherstone is a trained collaborative lawyer and an accredited mediator as well as a member of the Family Mediation Council.

Practice head(s):Thomas Brownrigg; Trudi Featherstone


'Trudi Featherstone is an exceptionally pro-active, dedicated and talented family lawyer/mediator. Her quick mind, knowledge, empathy and ability to think outside the box has led to her increasingly being recognised as one of London's finest mediators'.

'Thomas Brownrigg, who also offers child inclusive mediation, is also a safe pair of hands'.

'Thomas Brownrigg is an excellent mediator, capable of dealing with extremely complex financial situations including significant overseas assets'.

'Thomas Brownrigg has a really good attitude and the team is quickly building a very strong mediation practice'.

'Thomas Brownrigg is a practical, scrupulously fair mediator who you would trust on the most complex matters'.

Work highlights

  • Acted in a mediation between an unmarried couple concerning financial support for the child and an issue regarding the child’s schooling.
  • Advised on a complex financial case involving assets across 4 jurisdictions after a long marriage.
  • Acted in a mediation regarding children and financial matters.
  • Acted in a mediation on child arrangements.
  • Acted in a mediation on financial matters.

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