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Ruth Goward, Duncan Lewis

Ruth Goward

Consultant

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Profile / Experience

I am a Consultant Solicitor at Duncan Lewis specialising in all aspects of Family and Children Law, with over 10 years’ legal experience.

I am passionate about my work and work closely with my clients to ensure the best outcome for them. I adapt a pragmatic approach to ensure the process is less stressful and that best results are achieved for my clients in the circumstances.

My areas of practice include but are not limited to the following:
  • Adoption
  • Child Arrangement Orders
  • Defending Care Proceedings
  • Divorce and Dissolution of Civil Partnerships and the division of assets following relationship breakdown.
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Prohibited Steps Orders
  • Representing unmarried partners in financial issues and the division of assets before and after separation; this includes cohabitation, prenuptial and separation agreements and financial provision for children
  • Special Guardianship Orders
  • Specific Issue Orders which include relocation, name change and tracing a child’s whereabouts
I have extensive experience in handling complex family matters, with aspects such as;
  • Assisting parents in child care proceedings including via Official Solicitor where a client lacks capacity
  • Assisting parents in concurrent Child Care and Human Rights proceedings
  • Handling financial relief matters in divorce proceedings with assets high net worth assets
  • Represented Petitioners and Respondents in defended divorce proceedings and dissolution of civil partnership and progressed divorce proceedings that have stalled due to Respondent’s refusal to comply.
  • Various Financial Relief Matters where a third party has an interest in the matrimonial properties.
I am a member of Resolution, a Family Law Association for Solicitors who are committed to resolving family matters fairly and amicably.

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) - University of Northampton
  • LLB Honours – University of Northampton

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2013-present
  • Admitted as a Solicitor October 2008

Testimonials

  • “Ruth has been there for me for nearly two years and has been invaluable to me, she has dealt with many issues and so far has had good results on all requests. She does her best to resolve issues as quickly and efficiently as possible.” - Client, Ms J - 2017

  • “My specific experience with this Solicitor is in the area of Children-Residence and contact. She comes across as a very experience and professional solicitor with great attention to details. In addition to these skills, she is also a good listener” - Client, Mr P, - 2016

  • “The Solicitor kept me informed at every step and felt like I knew what to expect from the beginning” - Client, Mr M - 2016

Membership & Accreditations

  • Member of Resolution
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