Ruth Cabeza

I am a self employed barrister specialising in family practicing from Field Court Chambers London, where I have been a tenant since 2001. My practice has always included matrimonial finance, public law children and adoption and private law children. Presently the majority of my instructions in all areas of my practice involve an international element. I also act in cases where a child has suffered very serious injuries. In the last few years I have been pleased to develop an appellate practice and have acted in several appeal cases where I have not been instructed at first instance, including a complex second appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2015. I have been instructed as an expert on the application of international adoption law in public law children cases. I am an experienced speaker at lectures and conferences on child law matters, particularly international adoption and international surrogacy law, which are areas that I have particular expertise in. I regularly contribute articles to key legal journals on topical legal issues.
Contributed to


Accommodating children under section 20—best practice
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides local authorities with best practice guidance on accommodating children pursuant to a voluntary agreement under section 20 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989). It covers the requirements of the section 20 arrangement and the need to avoid drift and delay in making decisions about the child’s long-term care. It also discusses whether claims for damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 on the basis of a breach of article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights are sustainable.

Designation of local authorities for the purposes of care and supervision orders
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides guidance on local authority designation for the purposes of section 31 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989). It covers the different statutory tests for designation under care or supervisory orders and the ‘stop the clock’ provisions contained in ChA 1989, s 22 and ChA 1989, s 105(6).

Staying put—arrangements for care leavers to remain in foster placements
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the ‘staying put’ arrangements contained in section 23CZA of the Children Act 1989. It covers the purpose of the arrangement, eligibility criteria, how the arrangements should be formalised, what the local authority duties are and the what the implications of continuation of care are for the foster carer.

Practice areas


  • LLB, Bar Vocational Course


  • Middle Temple
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers


  • Consulting Editorial Board
  • Contributing Author


  • University of Kent 1996

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