Year of Call: 1994


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


Working knowledge of French and Irish


Ruth has practised exclusively in family law for 15 years, the bulk of her practice now being in the Family Division, including Court of Protection work.  She is fully committed to each client whether they are direct access, privately paying parents resisting applications for leave to remove or publicly funded parents or local authorities in care proceedings.  Avoiding court proceedings for clients is a particular skill, complemented by her dispute resolution skills.

Ruth is a Family Law practitioner, dealing with all aspects of private and public famliy law including care proceedings and adoption; domestic and international abduction.

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

Ruth has lectured in commercial and academic institutes as well as in house chambers’ seminars and for the Family Law Bar Association. Her academic lecturing has included 5 years as a part time lecturer in human rights law at the University of London.

Ruth worked for 3 years with Industrial Relations Services as a legal journalist specialising in Employment and Health & Safety Law

Ruth has contributed to Sky News on family law and practice related topics and has participated in training DVDs made by Legal Network TV.  She wrote the article “Treatment of same sex couples in English Family Law” Family Law May 2007.

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

Professional Memberships

Affiliate Member of Resolution

[2013] EWHC 796 (Fam); [2014] Fam Law 22
[2012] 1 FLR 1259 : [2012] Fam Law 399; [2011] EWHC 3255 (Fam)
[2012] 2 FCR 325; [2011] EWCA Civ 1774
[2012] 1 FLR 125; [2011] EWHC 1530 (Fam)
[2010] EWCA Civ 946
[2009] EWCA Civ 959; (2010) 1 FLR 895
[2009] EWHC 935 (Fam); [2009] 2 FLR 852
[2009] 2 FLR 1513; [2009] EWHC 1735 (Fam)
[2006] EWHC 2022 (Fam); (2007) 1 FLR 295 : (2006) HRLR 36 : (2007) UKHRR 164 : Times, August 21, 2006
[2005] EWHC 2956 (Fam); (2007) 1 FLR 399
[2004] EWCA Civ 1397; (2005) 1 FLR 469