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Practice encompasses civil liberties and human rights, public and administrative law, civil actions against the police and prison authorities, inquests, appellate crime and applications to the CCRC. Ruth has a particular interest in the rights of vulnerable, young or mentally disordered detainees. She regularly represents bereaved families at inquests and in civil proceedings. Her public law work includes challenges on behalf of prisoners and young detainees on issues of parole, recall and conditions of detention. She has been junior counsel in some of the key constitutional challenges to the death penalty in the Caribbean including R v Trimmingham  UKPC 25 Bowe v R  1 WLR 1623; Boyce v R  1 AC 400. She represented the bereaved family in all stages of proceedings in Takoushis v HM Coroner for Inner North London  1 WLR 461 and intervened on behalf of Amnesty International in A & Others  2 WLR 87 (Anti-terrorism Crime and Security Act Detainees). Ruth has particular expertise in criminal appellate work, especially CCRC referrals, and has represented a series of appellants challenging HM Revenue and Customs' use of participating informants: R v Vernett-Showers & 10 Others  EWCA Crim 1767; Latif, Shahzad & Others  EWCA Crim 307; R v Choudhery & Others  EWCA Crim 1788. She is currently instructed on behalf of a number of these appellants in civil claims arising out of their criminal cases. She also specialises in representing political protesters in criminal, civil and public law proceedings. In 2006 she was Young Legal Aid Barrister of the Year in the LAPG / Independent Lawyer Legal Aid Lawyer Awards.
Called 2001; Middle Temple. Publications of note: The Law of Public Order and Protest (OUP 2010); Human Rights and the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime, edited by Jonathan Cooper OBE and Madeleine Colvin [OUP 2009].
Girton College, Cambridge (1995, MA, philosophy); College of Law (2000, PGDip, law); Inns of Court School of Law (2001).