Ruth Cabeza

Called 1998
Ruth has a wealth of knowledge in complex care proceedings and cases with a foreign element to them. She is always a pleasure to work with.
Chambers and Partners, 2018
She is the go-to person for cases involving inter-country adoption and has notable skills in child trafficking and Hague Convention abductions.
Chambers and Partners, 2017
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.
Chambers and Partners, 2017
Knowledgeable and experienced in cross-border adoption and surrogacy cases, and particularly strong on domicile issues.
Legal 500, 2016
Knowledgeable in the areas of international and adoption law.
Legal 500, 2017

 

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.

 

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Specialities
  • International adoption
  • International surrogacy
  • Complex care cases – Particularly cases involving overseas placements and/or non-accidental injury
  • High net worth financial remedy cases
  • Abduction
  • Medical treatment orders
Reported cases
Publications & articles
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.

Education
  • University of Kent (1996 LLB (Hons) upper second class).
Professional memberships
  • Fellow of International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • FLBA
  • ALC