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Chambers of James Goudie KC and Daniel Stilitz KC

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Specialist in all areas of commercial, public, human rights and employment law. Frequently acts at the interface between these areas and in cases involving a public or private international element. Recent cases include: defending the DWP against allegations that the payment of the Child Care component of Universal Credit is discriminatory and/or irrational (Court of Appeal in Salvato v DWP); acting for the claimants in the Supreme Court appeal in Lungowe v Vedanta (jurisdiction appeal concerning tort claims against a parent company domiciled in the UK and a foreign subsidiary); and for the defendant NHS trust in Darnley v Croydon (Supreme Court appeal regarding the scope of the duty of care owed in negligence). Experience of acting in arbitrations under the LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules.

Acted as counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse for the Lambeth investigation. Appointed to the Attorney General’s London C panel and specialist Public International C panel of counsel in 2020.


BA (Hons) Jurisprudence, Oxford University; LLM (Distinction), UCL. Called to the Bar in 2015. Former positions held include: Research Assistant to Professor Philippe Sands QC; Teaching Fellow at UCL; Judicial Assistant to the Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton.


COMBAR, ELA, ILS, LawInSport, Advocate.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Ruth Kennedy11KBW ‘Ruth is a highly intelligent, all-round impressive lawyer, who works well on her own or as part of a large team. Ruth is a clear and persuasive advocate.

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Ruth Kennedy – 11KBW

London Bar > Employment

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Ruth Kennedy11KBWRuth is excellent – she is commercial and practical in her approach and her advocacy is concise and considered. Ruth also has exceptional client-care skills and very much works as a team with instructing solicitors to deliver for the ultimate client.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Ruth Kennedy – 11KBW ‘Ruth is a diligent and exceptionally hard-working junior barrister with a formidable work ethic and attention to detail. She is a real rising star in the field of administrative law.’