Ruth Cabeza

CAREER: Called 1998; Middle Temple.

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Ruth is a specialist family law barrister with expertise across the board of family related matters. She  has a particular interest in cases which are complex and involve pushing the boundaries of the law. She continues to expand the international element of her practice, particularly in relation to international adoption and international surrogacy cases.

Ruth co-authored 'International Adoption' which was published by Jordan Publishing in November 2012.  She is regularly invited to lecture on both surrogacy and international adoption law and public law.

Although Ruth is instructed to act for parents and children in public law proceedings she has particular expertise in acting for local authorities, and is often sought after to advise and act in cases which involve the placement of a child overseas, under either foster care, private law orders which will require enforcement in the country of the long term carer or overseas adoption.  Her detailed understanding of the practical exigencies under which local authorities operate coupled with a thorough knowledge of the relevant regulatory framework as well as key international instruments enables her to offer pragmatic advice and assistance to local authorities in their care planning as well as by presenting the case to the court.  She is also regularly instructed to act in cases where the designated local authority is in dispute.

This year she has presented two webinars for Central Law Training, one in relation to care planning and approval of foster carers under the new regulations and one in relation to the removal of babies at birth in public law proceedings.  She has also previously presented lectures for Butterworths, Central Law Training and the Association of Lawyers for Children as well as regularly contributing to chambers in-house seminar programme.

Ruth maintains a thriving matrimonial practice and is regularly instructed in Financial Remedies cases, including enforcement applications. 

Ruth is accredited with the Bar Council to undertake work on a direct access basis. 

She is an elected member of the Bar Council.


International adoption
International surrogacy
Complex care cases – Particularly cases involving overseas placements and/or non-accidental injury
High net worth financial remedy cases
Leave to remove from the jurisdiction

Reported cases:

London Borough of Tower Hamlets v D & Ors [2014] EWHC 3901 (Fam) (13 November 2014) 

CC v DD [2014] EWHC 1307 (Fam) (14 February 2014) 

RO v A Local Authority & Ors [2014] EWHC 97 (Fam) (27 January 2014)

A&B -v- P Council & M (A Child by his Children's Guardian) - [2014] EWHC 1128 (Fam)

Re C (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 128

Re C (a child) (guidance on proceedings involving profoundly deaf parent) - [2014] All ER (D) 128 (Jan)

Re C  (Surrogacy: authorisation of payments other than reasonable expenses) [2013] EWHC 2408 (Fam)

Kent County Council v PA-K and IA (A Child), [2013] EWHC 578 (Fam)

D (A Child) [2012] EWHC 4231 (Fam) (14 December 2012)

Re: IJ (A Child): [2011] EWHC 921 (Fam)

ECC (The Local Authority) v SM - [2011] 1 FLR 234.

Re A (Adoption: Removal) [2009] EWCA Civ 41 [2009] 2 FLR 597

Publications and articles:

A new Order - better late than never? Has the government made it easier for overseas adoptions to be recognised? - Lexis Nexis, September 2013 - Click here to read article;

Placement of Children outside England and Wales: International Adoption, Special Guardianship and the Hague Convention 1996. Known Unknowns? International Law Journal Jordan Publishing – due for publication 17th July 2013;

Adoption shake-up - Ruth Cabeza’s views on plans to reform the adoption system and what this would mean for family law practitioners and their clients. Lexis Nexis Legal Analysis Feb 2013;

International Adoption - authors: Ruth Cabeza, Ayeesha Bhutta, Jason Braier. 1st Edition November 2012. Jordan Publishing;

Adoption without borders? - NLJ 25/09/09.

Expert assessment , Solicitors Journal, 2nd July 2013

Please click here to view Ruth's recent TV broadcast on Channel 5

Ruth Cabeza recently presented  two webinars for Central Law Training, which can be downloaded here:


EDUCATION: University of Kent (1996 LLB (Hons) upper second class).




What other people say: 

Ruth has been consistently recognised as an expert in her field by the Legal 500, which has ranked her as a leading junior each year since 2008 up to an including 2014. 

In 2014 they said she is ‘Truly an expert in the field of inter-country adoption matters.’   

Ruth has also received several personal recommendations from solicitors and social work professionals with whom she has worked and these can be viewed on her linked in profile at