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Peggy Ray

Senior Partner & co-founder

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Peggy Ray is a phenomenal solicitor and a powerhouse who demonstrates a real warmth and instinct with clients. She has her finger on the pulse of family law, and she takes a robust, pragmatic approach towards cases
Chambers and Partners 2022
She's incredibly tenacious and has brilliant judgement. She relentlessly fights her client's corner.
Chambers and Partners 2022
She's incredibly tenacious and has brilliant judgement. She relentlessly fights her client's corner
Chambers and Partners 2022
Peggy Ray – the doyenne of family law. Kind, down to earth despite being magnificent at every aspect of her role, she fights for her clients with courage and compassion
Legal 500 2021
Peggy Ray is imperious as a children and human rights lawyer
Legal 500 2021
She's very good and has a wonderful manner. Her instincts are really thoroughly excellent. She's also persuasive, child welfare-driven and a good fighter
Chambers and Partners 2021
incredibly empathetic and supportive
Chambers and Partners 2020
clear and straightforward advice
Chambers and Partners 2020
…maintains a reputation as one of London’s foremost children’s lawyers. She has a particular specialism in public law matters, which sees her acting on behalf of children and parents in cases of severe abuse that often involve complex medical evidence. Commentators describe her as an “intellectually elegant” lawyer who “guides her clients with the benefit of much accumulated experience and real empathy.
Chambers and Partners 2019
Peggy Ray ‘remains at the top of her game and pulls in extremely interesting and complex cases'.
Legal 500, 2018
When you have something that’s really difficult, she’s going to be top of your list.
Chambers and Partners 2018
… 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 and Partners, 2011

Awards

 

2018 Peggy also recently won this years’ Entrepreneurial Individual of the year award at the City Wealth Magic Circle Awards

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BIOGRAPHY

Peggy 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. Between  2007 and 2019 she  sat as a 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, a joint venture between Resolution and the children’s charity Action for Children (previously NCH).

Peggy is a dual American/UK citizen who settled in the UK in 1971. She co-founded Goodman Ray in 1985. Since 2014 she has been a governor of an award winning alternative provision school in London based on a systemic family therapeutic model; she is an advisory member of the Board of Just for Kids Law. She also chairs a friends group responsible for the maintenance of a 1000 year old church in Norfolk

AWARDS

Citywealth Magic Circle Award, Entrepreneurial Individual of the Year, 2018

Shortlisted for Family Law Partner of the Year at the Family Law Awards, 2018

Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law, Jordan Family Law Awards, 2014

Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (Family), 2005

UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer of the Year, 2001

DIRECTORIES

Peggy is consistently highly recommended by the leading legal directories. She is top ranked as a leading individual by Chambers and Partners and highly recommended in the Legal 500:

 

“Peggy Ray is a phenomenal solicitor and a powerhouse who demonstrates a real warmth and instinct with clients. She has her finger on the pulse of family law, and she takes a robust, pragmatic approach towards cases.”

“She’s a great tactician with a brilliant, strategic brain.”

“She’s incredibly tenacious and has brilliant judgement. She relentlessly fights her client’s corner.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

Peggy Ray – the doyenne of family law. Kind, down to earth despite being magnificent at every aspect of her role, she fights for her clients with courage and compassion‘.

Peggy Ray is imperious as a children and human rights lawyer‘.

Legal 500 2021

“She’s very good and has a wonderful manner. Her instincts are really thoroughly excellent. She’s also persuasive, child welfare-driven and a good fighter.” 

“She’s a very strong advocate. She will bend over backwards to help the client.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“incredibly empathetic and supportive” 

“clear and straightforward advice.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“…maintains a reputation as one of London’s foremost children’s lawyers. She has a particular specialism in public law matters, which sees her acting on behalf of children and parents in cases of severe abuse that often involve complex medical evidence. Commentators describe her as an “intellectually elegant” lawyer who “guides her clients with the benefit of much accumulated experience and real empathy.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

‘Peggy Ray has a powerful and acute intellect, and grapples with difficult and challenging

Legal 500 2019

 

REPORTED CASES

Re M [2020] EWHC 2103 (Fam)

Newman v Southampton City Council & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 437

Ciccone v Ritchie (No 2) [2016] EWHC 616 (Fam)

Judgments (22/03/2016)
Application for permission to withdraw proceedings under the 1980 Hague Convention. Application granted.

Ciccone v Ritchie (No 1) [2016] EWHC 608 (Fam)

Judgments (22/03/2016)
Mother’s application under the 1980 Hague Convention for the summary return of her 15 year old son to the USA. Review of the principles to be applied when considering whether to make a child a party to proceedings under the Convention.

 

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