Peggy Ray specialises in complex cases concerning children. She acts for children, young people and parents involved in both complex cases between parents and in care proceedings. She also undertakes adoption and other child related cases. She works in both privately paying and legal aid cases.
For many years Peggy has been involved in shaping policy and promoting the rights of children and young people. She was closely involved in the consultation process that preceded the Children Act 1989, being Chair of the Children Committee of the Solicitors Family Law Association (now Resolution) at that time. She is frequently asked to contribute to policy consultations.
She regularly speaks, writes and lectures on related issues. Since 2007 she has been sitting as a Family Recorder in the Family Court.
In 2001 she was named UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer of the Year, and was the driving force behind the development of a unique website for children in care (nchacti01.uuhost.uk.uu.net/carelaw/), a joint venture between Resolution and the children’s charity Action for Children (previously NCH).
In 2005 she was voted Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (Family) receiving her award from Cherie Booth Q.C.
In October 2014 she was awarded the Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law award at the Jordan Family Law Awards.
In 2018 she was awarded the Magic Circle Entrepreneur of the Year.
Peggy has been a member of the Children Panel since 1985. She is a member of Resolution, and a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC).
Peggy is a dual American/UK citizen who settled in the UK in 1971. She co-founded Goodman Ray in 1985.
Peggy is consistently highly recommended by the leading legal directories. She is top ranked as a leading individual by Chambers and Partners where she is described as:
Band 1 – One source calls her “one of the doyennes of family law,” adding: “When you have something that’s really difficult, she’s going to be top of your list.” Chambers & Partners, 2017
“an absolutely first-class children’s solicitor” who is highlighted for her vast experience in public law issues. Interviewees note that she is “highly dynamic, knows her stuff and is a wonderful advocate for her profession.” Chambers & Partners, 2016
“a powerhouse of public and private law” and “…excels at highly contentious care cases and other matters relating to children” Chambers & Partners, 2011
“Peggy Ray is a name that is synonymous with this firm “We have complete faith in her”, says peers” Chambers & Partners, 2009
Peggy is also highly recommended in the Legal 500 and is described as:
Goodman Ray is ‘well known across all areas of family law, and one of the tops for international children law’, and has ‘a superior legal aid practice’. Peggy Ray has ‘a powerful and acute intellect, and grapples well and imaginatively and where appropriate forcefully with difficult cases’. Legal 500, 2017
“sympathetic, intelligent and unflappable” Legal 500, 2010
“Peggy Ray receives outstanding market feedback with children cases” Legal 500, 2009
“Peggy Ray at Goodman Ray is highly recommended for private and public children and adoption work” Legal 500, 2006
Peggy is also recognised in the Citywealth Leaders List from 2011 to 2018 in the Leading Lawyers List in family law.
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 and children law. The firm represents high-net-worth and international clients, whilst remaining committed to delivering a cutting-edge service to its legally-aided clients.
Goodman Ray’s straightforward and innovative approach is welcomed by clients and is demonstrated by its lawyers’ involvement with other professional organisations. 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.