“intellectually elegant” lawyer who
“guides her clients with the benefit of much accumulated experience and real empathy.”
– Chambers & Partners 2019


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2001 UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer of the Year

2005 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (Family) Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law award at the Jordan Family Law Awards

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





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. Since 2007 she has been sitting as a Family Recorder in the County 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

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 was also a member of BAAF (British Agency for Adoption and Fostering). She was a member of the President’s Interdisciplinary Committee, and the London Area Public Funding Review Committee.

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:

‘…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 & Partners 2019

‘remains at the top of her game and pulls in extremely interesting and complex cases’.  Legal 500, 2018

“one of the doyennes of family law,”
“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

“Peggy Ray is a name that is synonymous with this firm “We have complete faith in her”, says peers”
Chambers and Partners, 2009

Peggy is also highly recommended in the Legal 500 and is described as:
“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 2106 in the Leading Lawyers Honours List in family law.

Reported Cases:

  • 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.