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Dere Street Barristers

Chambers of John Elvidge QC

Work 0844 3351 551
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Newcastle upon Tyne, York
Dere Street Barristers (Chambers of John Elvidge QC), Ruth Gray, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENGLAND

Ruth Gray

Work 0844 335 1551
Dere Street Barristers (Chambers of John Elvidge QC)


Ruth has developed an expanding practice in general civil work with a particular bias towards personal injury litigation. She also regularly appears and advises in tort, contract and nuisance claims. She has experience of a wide variety of litigation including insolvency, housing law and landlord and tenant disputes. Ruth also has experience and accepts instructions appearing in inquests before the coroner’s court. Personal injury: Ruth has extensive experience in a broad road range of personal injury work including occupier’s liability, employer’s liability, public liability, fatal accidents, accidents involving animals and road traffic accidents (including MIB claims). She is regularly instructed by defendants in all areas of fraud in the context of road traffic personal injury claims including staged accidents, bogus passenger claims and low velocity impact collisions. She regularly acts for both claimants and defendants in fast-track and multi-track claims and is routinely involved in all stages of litigation from the provision of preliminary advice through to conclusion at trial. Credit hire: Ruth has extensive experience in all aspects of credit hire. She acts regularly for both claimants and defendants in claims ranging in value from the small claims track to the multi-track. She is very familiar with the case law involved and is experienced in arguing all issues arising out of such claims including the principles of mitigation and need, impecuniosity, common law enforceability, enforceability under the 2008 Cancellation of Contracts etc regulations, late signature issues, subrogation, ‘Copley v Lawn offers’ and spot hire rates. In addition to the depth of her court experience, Ruth is frequently consulted on credit hire matters and is able to offer pragmatic oral or written advice to both claimants and defendants to achieve an outcome which provides real benefit to the client. Contractual and commercial disputes: Ruth advises and acts in general contractual disputes arising from sale of goods, consumer credit, holidays, buildings and insurance contracts. Landlord and tenant: Ruth represents landlords and tenants in claims arising out of leases, licences and tenancies. Ruth deals with social housing issues and has experience dealing with residential and commercial possession claims, disrepair, breach of covenant, anti-social behaviour, applications for injunctive relief and committals for breach.


Called 2000.


University of Strathclyde (1997 LLB (Hons); 1998 Diploma in Legal Practice); University of Northumbria (1999 CPE; 2000 BVC).

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