Ruth Brander > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers

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Ruth specialises in civil actions against the police, public law, prisoners’ rights, inquests and international and constitutional law. She has a particular interest in the rights of protestors and of vulnerable, young or mentally disordered detainees. She regularly represents bereaved families at inquests and in civil proceedings.

She is currently instructed on behalf of the non-police, non-state core participants in the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing.  Her Supreme Court work includes DSD & NVB v Metropolitan Police Commissioner, a claim brought by two of the victims of the serial rapist John Worboys, the former black cab driver; and R (Hicks) v Metropolitan Police Commissioner concerning the lawfulness of police powers to preventatively detain individuals in connection with anticipated breaches of the peace. She acted for the claimant in the judicial review that led to the establishment of the independent review into the self-inflicted deaths of 18-24 year olds in custody. Her international work includes regular instructions in death penalty cases from the Caribbean and advising the Human Dignity Trust on challenging laws criminalising sexual relations between consenting adult men.


Year of Call: 2001; Middle Temple.

Publications of note: editor of Atkins Court Forms Malicious Prosecution title (2014); co-editor of Atkins Court Forms, Trespass to the Person volume (2011); co-editor of the Prisons and Prisoners section of Halsbury’s Laws of England (5th edition); co-author of 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].


Conversational French.


Girton College, Cambridge (1995, MA, philosophy); College of Law (2000, PGDip, law); Inns of Court School of Law (2001).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Ruth BranderDoughty Street ChambersTotally authoritative on claims against the police arising from failings to investigate sexual violence. Wonderful with clients and very easy to work with.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Ruth BranderDoughty Street Chambers