"Peggy Ray has a powerful and acute intellect, and grapples with difficult and challenging cases imaginatively, with maturity of judgement, and (where appropriate) forcefully."
Legal 500 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 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.


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


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:

“…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

“…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

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.

Professional memberships

Law Society Children Panel

Association of Lawyers for Children