‘… She works relentlessly hard on her cases, and fights her clients’ corner. She is unique in her approach in children matters and takes no prisoners. She is creative at coming up with solutions and strategies for complex cases and never switches off from cases.’
Legal 500 2021

Experience

Year of Call: 1994
Year of Silk: 2021

Education

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

Languages

Working knowledge of French and Irish

Profile

Ruth has practised exclusively in family law for more than 20 years. The unusual breadth of her practice is reflected in the variety of her reported cases. The bulk of her work, including Court of Protection, is in the Family Division.

Ruth deals with all aspects of private and public family law – both domestic and international including: abduction; wardship and Inherent Jurisdiction cases including publicity and privacy issues and abandoned spouses; complex disputes concerning children and vulnerable adults; and difficult care and adoption proceedings. She has particular experience in representing high profile families and individuals in private law disputes and of representing very religiously-observant families.  Ruth is known for being a good judge of when cases can be settled without ever entering a court room but still achieving optimum results and when to achieve the best outcome for children by fighting proportionately and fairly, whenever court is unavoidable.


Having dual jurisdiction qualifications, Ruth acts as an expert witness in Irish and European family law cases and has rights of audience before the Irish courts.

Ruth has lectured for the London Safeguarding Children’s Board, the Counter Terrorism Unit at the Met Police (SO15), Gresham College; and the Family Law Bar Association. Her academic lecturing included five years as a lecturer in human rights at the University of London and occasional lectures at LSE and other academic institutions.  She trained the Irish Judiciary on diversity and ethnic issues arising in court.

Outside work Ruth enjoys spinning, film, wine, music, family and is more than a little fanatical about rugby generally and Munster in particular.

 

Professional Memberships

FLBA

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 clients in court. Her expertise includes the representation of very high-profile families, and she is proficient in cases concerning international issues.

Strengths: “Holds her own in complex cases and fights her client’s corner. She wants to achieve the best result for the children involved in the case.” “Concentrates on the bigger points and puts her whole heart into both legal aid and private cases.”

Recent work: Represented a father during High Court proceedings in his mission to retrieve his children who had been abducted from London to Ukraine by their mother, the daughter of a high-profile Ukrainian politician and entrepreneur.
Chambers & Partners, 2021

‘Is a QC in disguise as a junior. She works relentlessly hard on her cases, and fights her clients’ corner. She is unique in her approach in children matters and takes no prisoners. She is creative at coming up with solutions and strategies for complex cases and never switches off from cases.’
Legal 500, 2021


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 clients in court. Her expertise includes the representation of very high-profile families, and she is proficient in cases concerning international issues.

“Clients love her warmth, personality and grit.”
Chambers & Partners 2020

‘Is a tenacious advocate who fights hard for clients.’
Legal 500, 2020

“A real fighter and a feisty advocate, who is someone you’d want on your side in court.” “She is exceptionally bright and very on the ball.”
Chambers & Partners 2019

‘Superbly prepared.’
Legal 500, 2019

“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

“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

10/05/18
[2018] EWCA Civ 1372
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
08/07/11
[2012] 1 FLR 23; [2011] EWCA Civ 796
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
16/03/06
[2006] EWHC 510 (Fam); (2006) 2 FLR 701 : Times, April 21, 2006
16/12/05
[2005] EWHC 2956 (Fam); (2007) 1 FLR 399
21/09/04
[2004] EWCA Civ 1397; (2005) 1 FLR 469