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Ruth Goward

Family and Immigration Law solicitor

Ruth obtained a law degree (LLB Honours) from the University of Northampton and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.

Ruth is a Member of Resolution and was admitted as a Solicitor in October 2008

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Ruth specialises in Family and Immigration Law. With over 10 years’ legal experience, Ruth has developed a very good rapport with all her clients. She is passionate about her work and will work closely with you to ensure the best outcome in your case. Ruth is compassionate and has a deep understanding that any legal process, especially one relating to relationship breakdown and children issues can be stressful and draining. She will always adapt a pragmatic approach to ensure the process is less stressful and that best results are achieved for you in the circumstances. Ruth is open-minded and will be honest with you from the outset whether your objectives are achievable.

Ruth’s practice areas include:

Family Law

  • Divorce and Dissolution of Civil Partnerships, division of assets following relationship breakdown, cohabitation agreements, prenuptial and separation agreements and financial provision for children
  • Representing unmarried partners in financial issues and division of assets before and after separation
  • Child Arrangement Orders formerly known as residence and contact orders, Special Guardianship Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders, Parental Responsibility and Specific Issue Orders which include relocation, name change, tracing a child’s whereabouts and so forth
  • Domestic Abuse; non-molestation orders for associated persons and occupation orders
  • Defending Care Proceedings, applications to discharge or vary Care Orders, Adoption

Immigration Law

  • Family Applications such as in-country and entry clearance for married couples, family re-unification, durable subsisting relationships and dependent relatives
  • Overstayers- overstayed your visa for reasons outside your control? Ruth will explore ways in which you can regularise your stay in the UK
  • Naturalisation as a British Citizen for adults and Registration of children as British Citizens
  • Applications relating to EU nationals and their non-EU family members
  • Human Rights- the European Human Rights law affects most application in Immigration law especially those under Family Applications.

Ruth has successfully handled the following cases:

  • Helped parents to have regular and meaningful contact with their children following relationship breakdown. Ruth has successfully challenged parents who are hostile to contact arrangements. She has equally defended child arrangement applications where contact sought is unreasonable or there are welfare concerns
  • Assisted parents in child care proceedings where the Official Solicitor has been invited to act
  • Assisted parents in concurrent child care and Human Rights proceedings
  • Various Financial Relief Matters where a third party [Intervenor] has an interest in the matrimonial properties
  • Represented Petitioners and Respondents in defended and undefended divorce proceedings and dissolution of civil partnership and progressed divorce proceedings that have stalled due to Respondent’s refusal to comply
  • Handled financial relief matters in divorce proceedings with assets worth over £5m.

Clients’ Reviews

  • “Ruth has been there for me for nearly 2yrs and has been invaluable to me, she has dealt with many issues and so far have had good results on all requests and does her best to resolve issues as quickly and efficiently as possible.” Ms J, Northampton
  • “Experience was quite interesting and fascinating. 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” Mr P, Northampton
  • “The Solicitor kept me informed at every step and felt like I knew what to expect from the beginning” Mr M, Northampton
  • “Our solicitor is very helpful advice given was honest” Miss K, Luton

Gina Samuel-Richards

Family solicitor and Business Consultant

Gina obtained a LLB Honours law degree from Birmingham City University and gained a diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Law.

She was admitted as a Solicitor in August 2008 and Gina is a member of Resolution.

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Gina is a practising Solicitor with experience in many areas of law who has chosen to specialise in family law. Her practice covers a wide range of applications including matrimonial, ancillary relief, private & public children’s law and domestic violence. She has in-depth experience in private children law matters, including Children Arrangement Orders and Orders to have children returned to their place of residence. Gina’s strength is to always to keep the focus on the welfare of the child regardless of whether the adults in the case become distracted. She has been responsible for many successful applications for Injunctions to prevent harassment in the home and on social networking sites, as well as Orders to remove unwanted persons from residential property. Gina currently offers training on the employment and housing modules of the Certificate in Advice Work, certified by the University of Leicester. Gina is a certified Business Mentor helping individuals prepare for setting up their own businesses and will also assist with business formation. After working in the legal aid sector for some years, Gina opened her own law firm with her friend and colleague. The firm is a comprehensive law facility delivering advice and consultancy in primarily family and immigration law. Further areas of work are in business law and landlord and tenant.


Gina has a strong social ethic and this has influenced her interests in other areas. Gina is a school governor and advises the school on equal opportunity and health and safety matters. She is an Advisor to the board of local charities; where she advises the Charities on their legal obligations and assists with the development of policy. Gina is involved with LRC offering free advice and guidance. Gina is also instrumental in developing governance structures within the charities. Gina has been a speaker at the University of Leicester on the issue of FGM and delivered legal lectures on the radio.


Faizal Essat

Legal Executive Advocate

Faizal Essat is admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is also admitted as a Legal Executive Advocate.

He is our Civil Litigation Lawyer.

Faizal is a senior lawyer with extensive experience in private practice as well as the public sector and has substantial experience in handling large value and complex litigation claims.

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This includes commercial litigation claims as well as high-value personal injury claims. He is also an award-winning lawyer and has been recognised for his contribution to supporting local communities with his pro bono work. He was the Inaugural winner of the DLA Paul Nicholls Memorial Foundation Award for excellence in Pro Bono work, he was also runner-up in the ILEX Award in 2001 and was the winner of the ILEX Pro Bono Award in 2005. He has also served on various boards and advisory committees and continues to provide advice to the voluntary sector.


Shim Gooch

Office Manager

Shim has over 10 years’ experience as a manager which has involved all aspects of running a business including, HR/Recruitment, performance management, disciplinary and appeals, business development and sales analysis.

Shim has an AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting and has also worked in the community before joining AGR Law in September 2017.

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Shim has managed various aspects of a multi-million-pound business including flagship stores. She has managed teams between 20 and 250 employees in her time which included mentoring her peers, writing and presenting training manuals for managers and staff in the business.

Whilst working for a well-known Swedish company, Shim was also a key part of setting up a brand-new branch of the business which utilised Shim’s strengths in leadership, coaching new teams, organisation, diplomacy and analytical skills. Once established, Shim’s store was used as a mentoring site for new management teams to the business.

Shim brings a wealth of experience to AGR Law from her background in management and fits into the team dynamics really well.

At AGR Law, Shim is active in business development, progression, and development of systems of processes. Shim’s keen analysis of systems and data ensures the Directors are aware where resources are allocated and contributes to effective management of the firm.

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