Ruth’s practice encompasses the broad range of general commercial litigation and arbitration. Her particular areas of specialism include shipping, civil fraud, private international law and commodities. She undertakes drafting and advisory work in all areas of her practice and regularly appears in court and in arbitration, both as sole counsel and as a junior. Ruth also accepts appointments as an arbitrator (both as sole and as part of a panel).
Ruth has appeared in the House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and has represented clients in a variety of international and trade arbitrations (including ICC, LCIA, LMAA, GAFTA and FOSFA). She has been involved in a number of high profile cases, including “The Achilleas“, a leading case on the contractual principles of remoteness of damage and “The Atlantik Confidence“, the first case in which an English Court has determined that a person was barred from relying on the limits provided by the Limitation Convention.
Ruth has a client-friendly approach to litigation and is happy to advise on urgent matters out of hours and at short notice. She adopts a collaborative approach to litigation, involving clients, experts and her instructing solicitors in progressing cases to trial or arbitration. She is ranked as a ‘Leading Junior’ in the latest editions of Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Praise given in previous editions include “quick to respond, pragmatic and honest” and “excellent”. In 2018 Ruth was shortlisted for the Legal 500 Shipping Junior of the Year. She is a meticulous advocate who combines rigorous analysis of detail with a common sense commercial approach.
Prior to coming to the bar Ruth studied for an LLM in commercial & corporate law specialising in restitution, corporate insolvency, conflict of laws and marine insurance at UCL; and was a visiting law tutor at King’s College London teaching tort (including economic torts) from 2001-2002.