“She fights her client’s corner really hard, distils the most important issues and knows what the judge is looking for. She’s very, very quick on her feet and so well experienced that she knows what to push for.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

Experience

Year of Call: 1994

Education

University College Cork, Ireland BCL
London School of Economics, LLM Employment and Personal Injuries
London Metropolitan University, CPE Constitutional and Land Law
Inns of Court School of Law, BL
BL (Irl) Kings Inns, Dublin 2004.
Qualified Collaborative Lawyer
Qualified Family and Commercial Mediator

Languages

Working knowledge of French and Irish

Profile

Ruth has practised exclusively in family law for nearly 20 years. The breadth of her practice is reflected in the reported cases in which she has been involved.The bulk of her work remains in the Family Division, including Court of Protection work. Ruth deals with all aspects of private and public family law including domestic and international abduction and stranding; wardship and the Inherent Jurisdiction; complex family disputes concerning children; and care proceedings and adoption. She has particular experience in radicalisation public law cases and in representing very religiously-observant families in private law disputes.


Having dual jurisdictional qualifications, Ruth also acts as an expert witness in Irish Family Law cases and has rights of audience before the Irish courts.

Ruth has lectured for the London Safeguarding Children’s Board and for the Counter Terrorism Unit (SO15) as well as giving in-house lectures for 4pb. She has also lectured at Gresham College; in commercial and academic institutes; and for the Family Law Bar Association. Her academic lecturing included five years as a lecturer in Human Rights law at the University of London.

Outside of work Ruth enjoys tennis, spinning, film, wine, music, family and watching rugby.

Professional Memberships

Affiliate Member of Resolution
FLBA
ALC

Directories

Experienced family and Court of Protection practitioner who has expertise in sensitive matters. She is praised for the strength of her advocacy and for the tenacity she shows on behalf of her client in court. Her expertise includes wardship, radicalisation and international issues.
Strengths: “She fights her client’s corner really hard, distils the most important issues and knows what the judge is looking for. She’s very, very quick on her feet and so well experienced that she knows what to push for.”
Chambers & Partners 2018


Experienced family and Court of Protection practitioner who has expertise in sensitive matters. She is praised for the strength of her advocacy and for the tenacity she shows on behalf of her client in court.
Strengths: “Quick on her feet and fantastic at client care. She’s always best in a fight; she sees the client’s interests and goes for it.”
Chambers & Partners 2017

06/03/17
[2017] EWHC 441 (Fam)
02/04/13
[2013] EWHC 796 (Fam); [2014] Fam Law 22
28/11/11
[2012] 1 FLR 1259 : [2012] Fam Law 399; [2011] EWHC 3255 (Fam)
13/10/11
[2012] 2 FCR 325; [2011] EWCA Civ 1774
21/06/11
[2012] 1 FLR 125; [2011] EWHC 1530 (Fam)
25/05/10
[2010] EWCA Civ 946
10/07/09
[2009] EWCA Civ 959; (2010) 1 FLR 895
18/05/09
[2009] EWHC 935 (Fam); [2009] 2 FLR 852
11/02/09
[2009] 2 FLR 1513; [2009] EWHC 1735 (Fam)
31/07/06
[2006] EWHC 2022 (Fam); (2007) 1 FLR 295 : (2006) HRLR 36 : (2007) UKHRR 164 : Times, August 21, 2006
16/12/05
[2005] EWHC 2956 (Fam); (2007) 1 FLR 399
21/09/04
[2004] EWCA Civ 1397; (2005) 1 FLR 469