"She's got a fantastic knowledge of this area and very much has an eye on the welfare issues. She is really fantastic on her feet. She is really practical and makes sure the protected party is being looked after. She is absolutely in her element in this work."
Chambers UK 2016 – Court of Protection
"Very knowledgeable and thorough"
Chambers UK 2015 – Court of Protection
"a focused, bright, effective barrister who is tenacious on her feet"
Chambers UK 2014 - Court of Protection
"strong all-rounder" Legal 500 2013 - Private Client: Trusts and Probate
"is an emerging force within the Court of Protection. She appears in gift and statutory will applications, and also handles lasting powers of attorney and deputyship claims.”
Chamber UK 2013 – Court of Protection
“ up-and-coming young junior, has represented clients up and down the land in recent years and is regarded as a barrister to watch in this area”
Chambers UK 2012 - Court of Protection
Ruth has a busy Traditional Chancery practice. She accepts instructions for both contentious and non-contentious work. Ruth regularly appears in the High Court and the Court of Protection where she is often instructed by the Official Solicitor. Ruth has also appeared in the Court of Appeal. Ruth has spent time seconded to the private client department of a West End firm of solicitors.
Ruth is a member of the Attorney General's B Panel. She has acted for HMRC, the Bona Vacantia Division, the Attorney General, BIS, the Official Receiver and the Public Guardian.
Ruth has obtained experience of insolvency tax cases and commercial litigation wider than her private practice. She has particularly enjoyed litigation arising out of injunctions.
Ruth has recently appeared in HMRC v Ingenious Games LLP  STC 1416,  STC 1659 with Malcolm Gammie CBE QC on an interlocutary appeal to the Upper Tribunal. She is acting in the underlying litigation which concerns a film scheme financing films such as Avatar, Life of Pi and Shaun of the Dead. The tax at stake is c£1bn.
The core of Ruth’s practice is contentious probate and family provision claims including claims involving mutual wills and proprietary estoppel which she particularly enjoys. Ruth frequently acts in relation to administration disputes including the removal of trustees/personal representatives and claims involving allegations of breach of trust/duty. Ruth often advises in respect of the proper construction of wills and trusts and rectification. Ruth advises on Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax issues in estates and trusts.
Recent experience includes
Ruth often undertakes work that involves cross border issues.
Ruth is one of the leading barristers of her level of seniority in Property and Affairs cases, although she also undertakes welfare claims. Ruth is often instructed by the Official Solicitor for example in statutory gift and statutory will cases and cases involving an element of welfare. Ruth’s experience advising on capital taxation issues, and in drafting wills and trusts is particularly helpful in this area.
Ruth often appears in claims with aspects of fraud.
Ruth is an accredited mediator, trained through ADR Chambers
Elected member of the Bar Council
Elected member of the committee of the Chancery Bar Association
Ruth has taught company law on the Bar Vocational Course and has contributed to the Trust Quarterly Review and other professional journals. She has written headnotes for the Wills and Trusts Law Reports. She is the assistant editor of the Elder Law Journal and a correspondent for Private Client Business. Ruth lectures on all areas of her practice and in particular proprietary estoppel, mutual wills and family provision.
Graduated from Trinity Hall Cambridge, 2006, First class (Bateman Scholar)
Erskine Chambers Prize for Company Law
Called to the Bar 2007, Lincoln's Inn (Levitt Scholar)
Ruth is also a local authority governor of Duncombe Primary School in North Islington