Ruth is a specialist family law practitioner who has always maintained a broad practice encompassing both matrimonial and children (private and public law) cases. She is widely respected as specialist in cases involving the cross movement of children and was delighted to be shortlisted for the Jordan Publishing award of International Family Lawyer of the Year in 2016.
Having co-authored ‘International Adoption‘ which was published by Jordan Publishing in November 2012 she is now frequently instructed in cases which involve intercountry adoption, both within a private and public law context. Furthermore, her expertise in this field has led her frequent instruction to prepare independent expert witness reports in public law children cases at both circuit judge and high court judge level, when the court is considering the permanent placement of a child with a relative who lives outside of the UK. She was also the lead author of a report commissioned by the EU parliament to investigate the impact on freedom of movement within the EU resulting from the current absence of a framework for automatic mutual recognition of domestic adoption orders within the EU.
Over the last few years Ruth has acted in several high profile public law children cases where the court has been concerned with the welfare of a child following the death of a younger sibling as a result of non-accidental injuries. She is familiar with the complexities which arise in such cases from medical evidence, voluminous police disclosure and media interest. She has also been instructed in medical treatment order cases.
Ruth continues to be instructed in Financial Remedies cases, particularly when they involve a foreign element (recent cases have involved an application to refuse recognition of a Bangladesh divorce, where the parties assets were spread over 4 continents, and another case involving a dispute in relation to properties held in Poland).
Other specific areas of practice include applications for parental orders following commercial surrogacy overseas, and abduction cases both within and outside of the scope of the 1980 Hague Convention.
Ruth very much enjoys her work in the Court of Appeal and has been pleased to note that she is increasingly being instructed at the appeal stage in public law children cases in which she was not involved in at first instance.
Ruth is accredited with the Bar Council to undertake work on a direct access basis.
She was an elected member of the Bar Council from January 2011 to December 2013 and was a member of the FLBA committee during the same period.
If you would like any further information regarding Ruth Cabeza’s practice, please contact her clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.
- International adoption
- International surrogacy
- Complex care cases – Particularly cases involving overseas placements and/or non-accidental injury
- High net worth financial remedy cases
- Medical treatment orders
- Reported cases
- AB (Adoption or Rehabilitation)  EWFC B44 (4 July 2017)
- S (A Child)  EWCA Civ 249 (24 February 2017)
- Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation NHS Trust v NO & KK & Ors  EWHC 241 (Fam) (14 February 2017)
- A Local Authority v J & Y  EWHC 10 (Fam) (01 February 2017)
- Y (Children), Re  EWCA Civ 1091 (08 November 2016)
- KS v MK  EWHC 3276 (Fam) (29 October 2015)
- D (Children), Re  EWCA Civ 409 (30 April 2015)
- RS v T (Surrogacy: Service, Consent and Payments)  EWFC 22 (13 March 2015)
- Re B v C (Surrogacy: Adoption)  EWFC 17 (13 February 2015)
- London Borough of Tower Hamlets v D & Ors  EWHC 3901 (Fam) (13 November 2014)
- J (A Child)  EWFC B203 (24 September 2014)
- CC v DD  EWHC 1307 (Fam) (14 February 2014)
- RO v A Local Authority & Ors  EWHC 97 (Fam) (27 January 2014)
- A&B -v- P Council & M (A Child by his Children’s Guardian) –  EWHC 1128 (Fam)
- Re C (A Child)  EWCA Civ 128
- Re C (a child) (guidance on proceedings involving profoundly deaf parent) –  All ER (D) 128 (Jan)
- Re C (Surrogacy: authorisation of payments other than reasonable expenses)  EWHC 2408 (Fam)
- Kent County Council v PA-K and IA (A Child),  EWHC 578 (Fam)
- D (A Child)  EWHC 4231 (Fam) (14 December 2012)
- Re: IJ (A Child):  EWHC 921 (Fam)
- ECC (The Local Authority) v SM –  1 FLR 234.
- Re A (Adoption: Removal)  EWCA Civ 41  2 FLR 597
- Publications & articles
- Ruth presented the research paper prepared entitled RESEARCH PAPER ON THE EUROPEAN ADDED VALUE OF AN EU LEGAL INSTRUMENT ON THE CROSS-BORDER RECOGNITION OF ADOPTIONS to Legal Affairs Committee at the European Parliament, sitting in Brussels which she prepared with the assistance of co-authors Dr Clair Fenton Glynn and Alexander Boiché (June 2016)
- Ruth Cabeza, Natalie Gamble & Melissa Elsworth, “International Surrogacy Arrangements: the thorn forest that keeps on growing”, in Family Law vol 44 1729-1732 (December 2014)
- Ruth Cabeza & Louisa Ghevaert, “Surrogacy, egg donation and assisted reproduction: payments and the conflict of law and policy”, in Family Law volume 44 215-218 (February 2014)
- Ruth Cabeza & Louisa Ghevaert, “Surrogacy, egg donation and assisted reproduction: payments and the conflict of law and policy”, in International Family Law  IFL 339-432 (December 2013)
- Ruth Cabeza & Ayeesha Bhutta, “Placement of children outside England and Wales: international adoption, special guardianship and the Hague Convention 1996 – known unknowns?”, in International Family Law  IFL 213-216 (July 2013)
- 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:
- 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 and including 2016.
In 2016 Legal 500 said she is ‘Knowledgeable and experienced in cross-border adoption and surrogacy cases, and particularly strong on domicile issues.’
Ruth was ranked as a leading junior by Chambers and Partners in 2017.
In 2017 Chambers and Partners stated that Ruth is a ‘Highly regarded children law barrister sought after for her expertise in international children law matters including adoption, surrogacy and abduction. She has been involved in landmark cases that have advanced the law.’
‘She is the go-to person for cases involving inter-country adoption and has notable skills in child trafficking and Hague Convention abductions.’
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 LinkedIn.
- University of Kent (1996 LLB (Hons) upper second class).
- Professional memberships
- Fellow of International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers